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Turkey’s Commerce Minister to Speak at World Trade Center

Nihat Ergun, the Turkish minister of industry and commerce, is to speak at a breakfast meeting of the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast on Thursday, Oct. 21, at the World Trade Center Atlanta.

Mr. Ergun, who is originally from Izmit, Turkey, will speak about Georgia being one of six U.S. states that Turkey has targeted with which to develop commercial and cultural relationships.

The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and costs $15 per person including continental breakfast and parking.

World’s Ambassadors Visit Atlanta on U.S. State Department’s Experience America Tour

Atlanta, GA--  Atlanta will host nearly 50 foreign ambassadors from all over the world from Oct. 12-15 to showcase the city as a great place to do business. The U.S. State Department’s Experience America program takes foreign ambassadors to key American cities for three days to create new, mutually beneficial partnerships and provide visitors with a deeper understanding and appreciation of America’s people, culture and values.

“Choosing Atlanta to be visited by ambassadors from countries all over the world sends a strong signal -- that Atlanta is where the world comes to do business, make business connections and create jobs,” said Sam A. Williams, president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC).

As a part of the trip, the ambassadors, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and top leaders in metro Atlanta’s business community will attend a breakfast hosted by the Metro Atlanta Chamber on Oct. 13.

Atlanta and Athens among First Cities with Verizon 4G

Atlanta and Athens will be among the first cities with access to Verizon’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.  The initial availability of a 4G LTE wireless network in Atlanta and Athens is part of the company’s major network launch in 38 major metropolitan areas by the end of the year. 

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Volunteer Financial Planners to Visit Metro Atlanta Schools

WOODSTOCK, GA -- The Financial Planning Association of Georgia is pleased to announce that members will be volunteering in various schools across the region in honor of National Financial Planning Week, which will take place Oct. 4 through Oct.

New Home For Falcons Will Not Be Cheap

ATLANTA -- A new or improved place for the Atlanta Falcons to roost will not be cheap.

Georgia World Congress Center Executive Director Frank Poe, who took the reins as the center's leader in April, told the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau board of directors Wednesday morning renovating the Georgia Dome would cost $400 million, while building a new open-air stadium would cost up to $800 million.

"We're meeting about every three weeks with the Falcons," Poe said. "One of the key position points for them is really understanding when. When is that point in time that they need to have a new facility available for them. They're working through their own decision processes to reach that point."

For the city and its hospitality leaders, the bottom line is cost, Poe told the ACVB board.

Sept. 23: Mastermind EVP Mike Gelfond Speaks on Social Media ROI at LIFT Summit in Atlanta

Mike Gelfond, EVP of Atlanta-based Mastermind, a leading social, digital and promotion agency, will be part of a panel discussing how businesses can measure social return on investment (SROI).  The panel, “The Roadmap to Measuring Social Return on Investment,” is part of the one-day Lift Summit on Sept.