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Effingham IDA joins forces with World Trade Center Savannah

POSTED: April 21, 2014 5:01 p.m.

World Trade Center Savannah announced Monday that the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority has become a founding investor partner.

Regional partnerships such as the one with the Effingham IDA are seen as an essential part of WTCSav’s mission to help the region create jobs and attract investment on an international level.

The Effingham County Industrial Development Authority is among six development authorities to become a partner of WTCSav.

World Trade Center Savannah will work with the Effingham IDA to identify areas of potential international growth with the county’s established businesses and to identify opportunities for foreign direct investment.

“Effingham County is no stranger to international trade development,” said John Henry, CEO of Effingham IDA. “Being a part of WTCSav will provide our community a new doorway to the world. We have long been proponents of having a unified front as we welcome international interests to our region.

“We believe that WTCSav will allow all interests in our region access to the world and at the same time allow the world access to our great region.”

President and Chief Executive Officer of World Trade Center Savannah Trip Tollison said the partnership offers exciting opportunities for the region.

“We are very excited about partnering with the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority. We licensed the World Trade Center Savannah in 2011 to serve as a meaningful and effective international economic development tool for the region,” said Tollison. “The partnership with the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority is another step in the right direction for our region and for the mission we share of creating jobs and attracting investment.”

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority recently participated in the Savannah Region International Economic Development Tour, an event hosted by WTCSav and Georgia Power.

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority hosted Ambassador Hermano Telles Ribeiro, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Brazil to the Southeastern U.S., and Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in Effingham County. The event, which brought regional development authorities and consuls general from several countries together, served as an opportunity to show off the assets of the Savannah region.

World Trade Center Savannah offers the region a professional, proactive international strategy to develop and optimize international networks and opportunities for measurable business results that drive economic growth in the region.

World Trade Center Savannah has identified three objectives:
• Help regional businesses expand internationally
• Identify more foreign direct investment opportunities for the region
• Generate revenue to support these activities.

Governed by a regional board, WTCSav offers information and services for companies already doing business internationally or for those who wish to reach international markets. World Trade Center Savannah offers a strategic approach through services including inbound and outbound trade missions, trade services, global education programs, personalized international training, access to country specific data, in-depth research, and the foreign trade zone program.

As a part of the World Trade Centers Association, WTCSav is connected to more than 300 world trade centers in nearly 100 countries and more than one million associated businesses.

For more information visit www.wtcsavannah.org.

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