Promoting International Ties with Atlanta
The Mayor's Office of International Affairs (MOIA) supports Atlanta-based companies that wish to expand globally as well as foreign companies interested in establishing their operations in Atlanta. With more than 2,600 foreign-owned enterprises in the metro area, MOIA supports those based in the City of Atlanta with their ongoing needs and expansion plans.
Women Export University
The Women Export University is a capacity building program that equips entrepreneurs with the necessary tools and resources to become globally competitive and increase the participation of women-owned businesses in international trade. The Women Export University curriculum includes virtual workshops, one-on-one consultations, insights and training on export strategies, tools and resources to enter new markets, insights on how to build an export-friendly digital presence, and guidance on package flow and preparing export shipment.
Women Export U is a partnership between the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of International Affairs and UPS that aims to increase the participation of women-owned business in exporting, and create more opportunities for women entrepreneurs to achieve economic equality.
Ongoing Programs and Initiatives
Passport to Exports, a regional initiative by the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs (MOIA), the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the UGA Small Business Development Center and the U.S. Commercial Service, is an ongoing series that aims to help small and medium-sized companies that are new to exporting and are interested in entering the global economy. Participants hear firsthand export accounts from metro Atlanta–based companies and learn about the different tools, resources, and services available to start their international journey.
Passport to exports
The Mayor's Office of International Affairs (MOIA) provides support for inbound and outbound trade missions for companies who are interested in exploring international business opportunities. During these missions, local and national economic development agencies meet to promote bilateral trade and investment, as well as cooperation around exchanges of best practices and know-how. In 2019 the MOIA team traveled to Spain, Brazil, Canada and the Netherlands to position Atlanta as a global hub for investment, innovation, diplomacy, culture and tourism.
INTERNATIONAL TRADE RESOURCES
The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs has compiled a list of Federal, State and local resources to ensure that Atlanta businesses have access to the necessary tools and resources to be competitive in the global market.
> The Small Business Administration
> The International Trade Administration
> The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service supports four State Regional Trade Groups (SRTGs)
> U.S. Agency for International Development
> U.S. International Trade Commission
> Office of the United States Representative – Free Trade Agreements
STATE AND LOCAL
> Georgia Department of Economic Development
> City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of International Affairs
> The Atlanta Metro Export Challenge
> Georgia District Export Council
> University of Georgia Small Business Development Center
Global positioning of Atlanta and ensuring that businesses and investors are familiar with the assets and resources of our city is key to the work of the Mayor's Office of International Affairs (MOIA). Through our participation in trade conferences, virtual exchanges, and visits abroad, the MOIA team promotes Atlanta around the world as a destination hub for commerce and investment.
foreign direct investment
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) plays an important role in our region’s economy. In partnership with Invest Atlanta, the City’s economic development agency, and other economic development partners, the Mayor's Office of International Affairs (MOIA) participates in events, such as Select USA and engages foreign investors and companies that are considering a U.S. expansion to ensure that they are aware of investment opportunities in Atlanta and have the City at top of mind when considering a U.S. investment.
In partnership with the local and international partners, MOIA launched its virtual exchange initiative to promote the City of Atlanta as an innovation and commercial hub. In 2019 MOIA hosted four webinars focused on Atlanta’s FinTech industry. In partnership with FinTech Atlanta, the American Transaction Payment Coalition, the Georgia FinTech Academy and ATDC, MOIA introduced Atlanta’s booming FinTech ecosystem to entrepreneurs and investors in Chile, Canada, Brazil, and the Netherlands.
MOIA attends various international conferences throughout the year to discuss international exchanges, business, and innovative projects. In 2019, MOIA attended conferences in the Netherlands, Spain, and Canada.
The Consulate General of the Netherlands in Atlanta introduces a digital business support platform for Dutch FinTech companies, using the City of Atlanta as a gateway to the USA.
Welcome to the OrangeXchangeUSA!
As a global FinTech hub and known as transaction alley, the City of Atlanta is proud to support the OrangeXchangeUSA platform. We are pleased to work with the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Atlanta and our local FinTech ecosystem to support Dutch companies interested in the United States market.
Watch the promo video to learn more!
Expanding Global Connectivity
The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs (MOIA) supported Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as they established Sister Airport Agreements/Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) with Vaclav Havel Prague Airport in the Czech Republic and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport in France.