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Foreign Ambassadors Travel to Atlanta for Experience America Trip


Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 5, 2010

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The Office of the Chief of Protocol’s Diplomatic Partnerships Division will lead its latest Experience America trip to Atlanta, Georgia with members of the Diplomatic Corps and their spouses from October 12th -15th, 2010.

Working closely with Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Office of the Chief of Protocol has organized a substantive, unique and exciting trip to plant the seeds of new international partnerships and provide our visitors with a deeper understanding and appreciation of America’s people, culture and institutions. On average, Chiefs of Mission from over 50 countries have attended Experience America trips representing more than 500 million people worldwide.

Throughout the three day trip, the Ambassadors will criss-cross Atlanta attending events hosted by the Governor of Georgia, the Mayor of Atlanta, Senior Vice President for Global Public Affairs and Communications Clyde Tuggle of Coca-Cola, CNN, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Focusing on community development, the Ambassadors will visit the Carter Library, meet with former President Jimmy Carter, participate in a roundtable discussion on global health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator at PEPFAR, Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and senior non-governmental organization representatives moderated by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, take part in a tour and briefing of Georgia Tech including a joint biomedical engineering program with Emory University, visit Morehouse College, tour the Martin Luther King Jr. Visitor’s Center and participate in a wreath laying ceremony.

“Atlanta is a quintessential American city and represents some of the best of American culture, history and business. That makes Atlanta a perfect city for Experience America.” said United States Chief of Protocol Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall. “By sharing Atlanta’s story with these distinguished diplomats, we are fostering international goodwill, laying the foundation for new and productive international partnerships and strengthening America’s relationship with countries all around the globe.”

“I am honored that Atlanta is the first city in the Southeast to host Experience America in partnership with the U.S. State Department and the Office of the Chief of Protocol,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the City of Atlanta’s international investment and economic development opportunities, as well as our unique cultural sites and landmarks, to nearly 50 Ambassadors. Atlanta has long been an international city, and this type of dialogue and engagement is essential to strengthening our ties with leaders from around the globe.”

Experience America is organized by the Diplomatic Partnerships Division of the Office of the Chief of Protocol whose mission is to foster international goodwill and cultivate the relationship between the Diplomatic Corps and the people and institutions of the United States through an exchange of ideas, cultures and traditions. Atlanta is the first city in the Southeast to host Experience America in this Administration. This is the sixth Experience America trip and second of this Administration. Other destinations included California, Texas, Florida, New York City, Chicago and Atlanta.

Detailed trip schedule and event information for Experience America- Atlanta will be released closer to the trip date.

For interview requests or more information, please contact Kamyl Bazbaz at BazbazK@state.gov or 202-647-2681.



PRN: 2010/1411



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