Georgia legislators boost Germany connections with trade mission to Saxony


Representative Ron Stephens, Chair of the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee, invites Saxony State Minister of Economic Affairs to travel to Georgia to further mutual trade agenda

ATLANTA (26 September 2007)

Economic development professionals, buiness leaders, and legislators from Georgia are in Germany this week to foster new trade and investment relations in Europe’s largest economy. The delegation is led by Wayne Reece, president of Reece and Associates. Activities of the 10-day trade mission are focused in and around the booming cities of Leipzig and Dresden in Saxony, and Nuremburg in Bavaria. Since German reunification in 1990, the State of Saxony now boasts the fastest growth in Germany, and its robust economy craves new investment and ideas.

On Monday, Georgia House Economic Development and Tourism Committee Chairman Ron Stephens

met with Saxony’s state economics minister and with parliament members in Dresden to exchange ideas

and explore business synergies between Georgia and their region of Germany. Representative

Stephens (R-Savannah) is participating in the trade mission with delegates representing all three

branches of Georgia state government and several high-ranking business executives from around the state. More than 20 participants kicked off the trade mission with presentations about Atlanta and Georgia, focusing on economic development, strategic industries, and tourism.

Saxony State Economics Minister Thomas Jurk addressed the issues regarding Saxony’s tremendous growth since reunification, especially in the technology and automotive sectors, and the importance of tourism infrastructure. Representative Stephens, along with Representative Mike Coan (R-Lawrenceville), Chair of the Industrial Relations Committee, presented a Georgia state flag to Minister Jurk and his team while inviting them to visit Atlanta and share their ideas for increasing tourism and collaboration in mutual strategic industries between Georgia and Saxony.

“While relationships already exist between the two regions, we would like to see these ties

strengthened,” said Representative Stephens. Ongoing relationships have already been established from previous visits of Saxony delegations to Georgia in September 2006 and February 2007.

On Monday, the delegation also visited Qimonda, a leading global nanotechnology company in the region known as “Silicon Saxony.” That evening, Volkswagen hosted a “Georgia Night” at its downtown Dresden state-of-the-art green facility, which produces the Phaeton luxury sedan. On Wednesday, delegates were invited to meet executives at the Porsche Diamond plant and run a new highly engineered Cayenne SUV through its paces on the research test track.

Among the trade mission delegates are James W. Oxendine, Senior Judge, Superior Courts of

Georgia, Kathe Falls, representing Governor Sonny Perdue for the Georgia Department of

Economic Development; Jorge Fernandez of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; and

Robin Spratlin, General Manager of Economic Development for Georgia Power.

Reece & Associates, an Atlanta-based provider of strategic international business services,

organized 'Germany 2007 – A Global Trade Tour' to build stronger business and cultural ties

Germany and the U.S. while encouraging new investment at home and abroad.

The trade mission will continue to meet with German government and business leaders throughout the week.

For more information, contact John Kiely at (404) 586-2100 or via e-mail at