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Deal, delegation hope to expand Canadian ties
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In an effort to bring more investment and jobs to Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal traveled to Canada over the weekend. Gov. Deal and a Georgia delegation of business and government leaders attended the Southeastern U.S.-Canadian Provinces Alliance trade conference through June 14 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The fourth annual SEUS-CP conference was hosted by New Brunswick Premier David Alward and the state of Mississippi.

Georgia hosted the inaugural conference in Savannah in 2008.

“As the business capital of the Southeast, Georgia constantly seeks to identify ways in which we can enhance our competitive assets and continue to innovate. It is our aim to be regarded as the go-to location for business in the Southeast and the United States,” Deal said.

“Canada is our top trade partner and we look forward to strengthening this important business alliance. Our participation in this conference will not only help us build upon Georgia’s longstanding relationship with Canada, but also take further steps to heighten our state’s presence as a global hub for business.”

During this annual conference, six southeastern U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces come together to discover opportunities for businesses to enhance commercial exchanges, promote two-way investment and encourage technological and scientific innovation.

The conference will host more than 300 U.S. and Canadian business and government leaders. This year’s theme, “Innovate-Connect-Compete,” will target industries including advanced manufacturing, information and communication technologies and clean tech industrial sectors.

Georgia companies attending the conference include RCF Technologies (Vidalia), Georgia Hydraulics International (Austell) and Market Access International (Smyrna).