Local leaders hoping to bring more international business to Coastal Ga

Local leaders hoping to bring more international business to Coastal Ga

GARDEN CITY, GA (WTOC) - The Coastal Empire could see the establishment of more international companies.

Area mayors and state leaders are meeting with international representatives Friday in Savannah during the 2018 Georgia International Trade and Commerce Summit to talk about bringing their companies to Coastal Georgia.

State Representative Carl Gilliard says if these international companies come to the Coastal Empire, they're not just bringing jobs, they're bringing careers. We're talking about livable wages, company benefits, and opportunities to grow within an industry.

A group of men make up the host committee for the 2018 Georgia International Trade and Commerce Summit. Some familiar faces on the committee are Representative Gilliard, who is mostly leading the conference, as well as five area mayors from Pooler, Brunswick, Garden City, Savannah, and Tybee Island. These mayors will be talking with delegates from five different countries including Canada, Japan, Mexico, Korea, and Pakistan. For the next two days, they're going to develop relationships with these delegates, take them on tours, and discuss what we have to offer here in the Coastal Empire when it comes to international commerce.

"The City of Pooler definitely supports this meeting today and contacting our consul generals. We do not come in contact a lot of time with those in other countries. But in Pooler, we have the Mitsubishi mega-site. Constantly, the consul general of Japan comes to town and I get a chance to show him around," Pooler Mayor Mike Lamb said.

These delegates will also be meeting with local leaders from companies like the Ports Authority and Gulfstream. After the summit, these consul generals will return to their offices and begin making calls and setting up meetings between our local leaders and those overseas.

Representative Gilliard says he knows many area leaders want to see a stop in crime and violence and he says one way is by getting more careers to the Coastal Empire.

Georgia has a pretty strong international presence already. Canada is Georgia's no. 1 export market and Japan has over 600 Japanese incorporated companies within the state.

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