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International economic representatives to visit Hall
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International economic representatives in 11 world markets will visit Hall County this Thursday.

The group along with two leaders from the Georgia Department of Economic Development will visit Lanier Technical College and the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus, plus tour Kubota’s new facility at the Gateway Industrial Centre and the Georgia Poultry Network.

The group will eat lunch at Jaemor Farms and wrap up the visit with a private reception at the Brenau University Downtown Center.

The international team and the Georgia Department of Economic Development “provide a variety of free trade services, attract new investment to communities across the state and continue to tout Georgia as the No. 1 state in the U.S. to do business,” according to a Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce news release.

Forty-seven international facilities from 17 countries employee more than 8,700 people in manufacturing and headquarters in Hall, according to Chamber stats, with a third of all goods-producing employees in Hall being employed by foreign-owned firms.

“We often hear companies cite talent, technical skills training and business leadership of Gainesville-Hall County and Georgia as key reasons for choosing and expanding their international business here,” said Perry Barnett, CPA, a partner at Rushton, chairman-elect of the Greater Hall Chamber and chairman of the Chamber’s Workforce Development Task Force, in the news release.

Rushton, one of the region’s largest accounting and business planning agencies, is sponsoring the reception.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase the Gainesville-Hall County business environment to our marketing partners at the Georgia Department of Economic Development,” said Tim Evans, vice president of economic development for the Greater Hall Chamber, in the news release. “The long-term working partnership between this community and the state’s economic development efforts have contributed to the growing number of international companies, from ALBAform to ZF,  that invest and create jobs in Hall County.”