Round-Up: Int’l Affairs and IA Win Sister Cities ED Award, Plus More IA News

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Atlanta-Toulouse International Startup Exchange Recognized as Innovative Economic Development Program

The Mayor’s Office of International and Invest Atlanta were honored with the the Sister Cities International (SCI) 2017 Innovation Award for Economic Development for a city with a population between 100,001 and 500,000. The Sister Cities Innovation Award for Economic Development recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding community and individual sister city programs that promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation.

The prize was awarded in recognition of the launch of the first Atlanta International Startup Exchange with Atlanta’s sister city Toulouse, France. The goal of the exchange is to ingrain an international strategy in the foundation of Atlanta’s emerging enterprises. The two-week residency program provided selected companies a platform for global expansion as well as identify potential partners, investors, clients, and access two of the top aerospace and tech industries clusters. The program also provided an opportunity to showcase Atlanta and Toulouse as economically-sound choices for future international operations to the visiting Toulouse-based and Atlanta-based companies, respectively.

SCI Award winners will be honored at the Lou Wozar Diplomatic Awards Dinner on Saturday, July 15 during SCI’s 61st Annual Conference in Virginia Beach, VA.

Team IA Receives CPR Training

Twenty-seven out of Invest Atlanta’s 54 full-time and temporary employees earned their Heartsaver, First Aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and AED (automated external defibrillator) cards. Cintas, the country’s largest provider of this type of training, led the education sessions. The IA participants learned how to effectively recognize and treat adult emergencies prior to EMS arrival, administer First Aid, perform adult CPR, and use an AED effectively.  Eighty-three percent of Invest Atlanta’s safety wardens and Emergency team captains are now certified.

Kickball and Soccer Leagues Bring Team IA Closer Together

In early June, several members of the Invest Atlanta staff participated in the Georgia Inaugural Corporate Kickball Tournament at Toomer Elementary. While the team did not finish first, everyone put in a great effort and had a lot of fun.

Team IA is also taking part in the City of Atlanta Soccer League. Games are played at the Station Soccer field located at the Five Points MARTA station. The field is the world’s first to be built inside a train station.