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We invite you to explore our office's most recent activities and stay updated with Atlanta's vibrant international community.

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The Atlanta MOIA team 

Atlanta Airport celebrates grand opening of its newest exhibit, "Transcendent: More to Haiti Than You Know”
Alrene Barr, Director of International Business for Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport providing remarks
On January 30th, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport celebrated the grand opening of its newest exhibit, "Transcendent: More to Haiti Than You Know”, on Concourse E that featured 25 works by Haitian artists. The paintings represent the Haitian people, the country's landscape, and its natural beauty. The Airport's Director of International Business, Alrene Barr, provided remarks on Hartsfield-Jackson's support for the exhibition. Greg Richardson, the Airport's Chief Financial Officer, revealed that 300,000 people visit the facility daily - which provides an impressive audience for these artists. The event also brought remarks from Haitian diplomatic authorities, such as the Ambassador of Haiti to the US, Hervé Denis,  the Consul General of Haiti in New York City, Gandy Thomas and Head of Mission for the Consulate of Haiti in Atlanta, Roudelyne Nogar Jean. Welcoming remarks from the City of Atlanta came from Vanessa Ibarra, Director of the Mayor's Office of International Affairs. A yearlong exhibit, "Transcendent" is also supported by Saurel Quettan, President & Chairman of the Board of the Georgia Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Senior Airport Art Program Manager David Vogt.  

For more information about the Airport's Arts Program, please click here.
Haitian artist, Estsud Fungcap, presenting his artwork that is on display in Concourse E 
2020 The Future of Atlanta's
Global Workforce
Vanessa Ibarra providing welcoming remarks on behalf of the City of Atlanta

In February, The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs (MOIA), in partnership with the Greater Atlanta Coalition for Global Education and Research (GAcGEAR) and Sage, launched its first event of the year designed to discuss the importance of global competence in an increasingly competitive workforce. The event, titled "The Future of Atlanta's Global Workforce", featured representatives and officials from Deloitte, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Sage, Volantio, UPS, and Georgia’s top ranking universities. Due to advances in technology and globalization, the needs in the labor market have dramatically shifted in the past decade. Consequently, this has created uncertainties about what skills college graduates should prioritize to be marketable candidates in the workforce. Seeing this gap, MOIA, GAcGEAR, and Sage collaborated to host this intimate conversation with the intent to revisit what modern companies and corporations are seeking from ideal employable candidates, and what students need to learn to be adequately prepared to meet those demands.  

The event concluded with a perfectly executed example on how to rectify the global skills gap. Two teams from Sage’s AI Workshop at Banneker High School presented their app prototypes designed to address some of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, demonstrating how the skills they learn in the classroom will help to make themselves (and Atlanta) global. 

Panel discussion with (left to right):  Moderator, Trevor Williams, Managing Editor at Global Atlanta. Panelists Shannon Benham, Director of Global Talent Acquisition at UPS, Azim Barodawala, CEO of Volantio, Ron McMurtrie, Chief Marketing Officer of Sage, and Amy Lancaster-King, Director of Workforce Development at the Metro Atlanta Chamber

2020 AACCLA Annual Meeting:
Outlook on the Americas
AACCLA members at the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech
The Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America and the Caribbean (AACCLA) hosted their annual Outlook on the Americas meeting in Atlanta. The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs (MOIA) worked closely with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AACCLA to attract the annual meeting to the City of Atlanta and worked closely with the organizers to develop the meeting agenda and ensure that participants explored the valuable resources and opportunities available in our region. AACCLA hosted their public conference at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, where they set their 2020 policy priorities during internal meetings, explored Atlanta's innovation ecosystem, networked with the local business community and participated in site visits. MOIA hosted a welcome reception to convene Atlanta’s business leaders, members of the civic community, state lawmakers, and community representatives to promote Atlanta as a premier destination for diverse business opportunities.
MOIA would like to say thank you to our generous event sponsors: 
  • Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP
  • Invest Atlanta
  • Atlanta Gladiators
  • Supply Chain Now Radio
  • VMT Consulting
  • Wasserman West, LLC
  • it. Media Collective
  • ClaO adPhoto, LLC.
  • New Realm Brewery for hosting us
And a big thank you to our event speakers:
  • José Luis Sanchez, President, Colombia & Andean Region, DuPont; Chair, AACCLA
  • Rob Welch, Head of the Corporate and Transactional Practice, Drew Eckl & Farnham
  • Jerry James, Team President, Atlanta Gladiators
  • Abby Turano, Deputy Commissioner for International Relations, Georgia Department of Economic Development
  • Our keynote speaker, Ozzie Areu, Areu Bros. Studios
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Ozzie Areu of Areu Bros. Studios with AACCLA members at the Welcome Reception
MOIA welcomes 13 delegations in the 1st Quarter of 2020

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Entreprises (ARAE) Development agency

Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)
Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the U.S., Erzhan Kazykhanov
Gyeonggi Provincial Government
Open World Georgia Delegation
Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America & the Caribbean 
Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the U.S., André Haspels
Gulf Cooperation Council Crisis Management Delegation
Ambassador of France to the U.S., Philippe Etienne
International Seminar on Community Resiliance
Ambassador of Slovakia to the U.S., Ivan Korcok
Oya Media Group - Canadian Filmmakers

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo
Women + Trade Webinar 
April 30, 2020 | 2:00-3:30pm
Women's History Month may haven passed, but the Mayor's Office of International Affairs (MOIA) wants to highlight the contribution of women in trade. As part of MOIA’s trade promotion initiative and in partnership with the Women’s Chamber of Commerce you are invited to Women + Trade - a virtual panel discussion highlighting women exporters, their impact on the global economy, and how they are managing and dealing with the current COVID-19 crisis. You will also hear from the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Minority Business Development Administration (MBDA), the EXIM Bank and Invest Atlanta about resources to support small businesses and exporters.

Only 80 spots available! Follow the link below for more details and to register!
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Events Postponed to Spring 2021
Although the following events are postponed, please check our website or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn for updated announcements and details.
The City of Atlanta International Soccer Festival is postponed to May 2021.

In partnership with ATL Parks and Recreation and Welcoming Atlanta, we are excited to highlight Atlanta’s international passion for soccer while promoting inclusion, diversity, equity, and cultural experiences to Atlanta’s youth.

The Georgia Council for International Visitors 39th annual International Consular Ball will be postponed to May 2021 and will take place at Flourish Atlanta. The Ball will be chaired by our Director Vanessa Ibarra and the theme will be Lights Camera Action: Atlanta Showtime.

We look forward to you joining us as we celebrate Atlanta’s prominence in film and entertainment. To register, click here.
The Mayor's Office of International Affairs (MOIA) is working hard to keep our partners and communities updated with the most recent developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. To help you navigate, our team created a page on our website with the most recent information, services, and links that may be helpful for City of Atlanta businesses and residents impacted by COVID-19. Please follow the link below to view our page.

If you have a resource that is not on our page and would like us to share the information, please email Meredith at
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
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