Greenville Hosts International Delegation
Wednesday, April 2, 2014on
While International Month in Greenville officially ends March 31, the international focus on our globally-connected city continues into April. Last night, more than 40 leaders from business, education and government from 18 countries in Latin America were hosted by the Greenville Chamber and partner organizations at Clemson at One. Thanks to the Upstate SC Alliance, GADC, the City of Greenville and SAGE Automotive Interiors for being part of the dinner. The Competitiveness in the Americas Exchange in Innovation and Entrepreneurship brought together more than 80 officials in total as part of an Economic Development Administration (EDA) learning tour of the Southeast, visiting EDA-funded projects in Atlanta, Greenville, Concord and Kannapolis. In Greenville, the delegation will spend an entire day at Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) hearing about how university-industry partnerships can accelerate economic growth in a region. In addition, they will hear from students from AJ Whittenberg Elementary School to see how industry can partner with education during the early years of schooling to build a strong talent pipeline for the community. After a tour of BMW Manufacturing, the group will be spending additional time downtown with hosts from Upstate International experiencing some of the area’s best dining. In addition to learning about the redevelopment success of downtown Greenville and the vibrant partnerships at CU-ICAR, many of these leaders, who are regional and national-level decision makers, are looking to engage in cross-border economic trade and development. After having experienced what Greenville has to offer, several of the leaders expressed a strong desire to explore both inbound and outbound investment opportunities further. As Walter Bastian, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce, international Trade Administration, noted during his remarks during the dinner at One, strong trade ties are as important as strong security ties. This event will hopefully build those ties and may pay off for our region in terms of new relationships, new investments and new jobs.