France-Atlanta continues with the announcement of a 4th edition
On February 26, 2013 at Alliance Française of Atlanta and in the presence of about one hundred partners and sponsors of the France-Atlanta initiative, Denis Barbet, Consul General of France in Atlanta, and Dr. Yves Berthelot, Vice Provost for International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, officially announced the 4th edition of this series of French-American events, to take place on October 23-November 10, 2013.
For four years now, the French Consulate General and Georgia Tech have partnered together to present each fall a multidisciplinary series of events centered on innovation and designed to strengthen the French-American cooperation in the U.S. Southeast: “France-Atlanta: Together towards Innovation”.
More than 4,700 participants attended over fifteen scientific, economic, cultural and humanitarian events during France-Atlanta 2012. Above all, the mobilization of numerous French and Atlantan organizations paved the way for several projects of collaboration.
As France-Atlanta has become an annual event, a known and awaited yearly rendez-vous, the launching of a fourth edition comes as no surprise. Once again, this program will be offered under the high auspices of the Ambassador of France to the United States, His Excellency Mr. François Delattre, the Governor of Georgia, the Honorable Nathan Deal, and the Mayor of Atlanta, the Honorable Kasim Reed.
Several events are already in the planning stage:
- A workshop on “Technology as a driver of economic development”, at Georgia Tech;
- The signing of a medical agreement between the French city of Toulouse and Emory University;
- A travelling aerospace trade mission of 10 to 15 French aerospace suppliers/manufacturers, followed by a half-day seminar in Atlanta and B2B meetings;
- A seminar on investment opportunities in France and the U.S. Southeast;
- A play based on the famous “Notebook of a Return to the Native Land” by Aimé Césaire, at the Rialto;
- A concert uniting the Orchestre National de Lorraine and Sonic Generator;
- Street Performances ‘Cooperatzia’ by the G. Bistaki Company;
- A series of presentations in high schools in the metropolitan area of Atlanta on current humanitarian issues;
- And much more!
“France is not only the United States’ closest ally, it is also a very strong partner: French artistic creation is thriving; our demography is strong; the entrepreneurship in France is booming with 650 000 new businesses created in the last couple of years; an effort in research and innovation is being made on an unprecedented scale, through 71 competitive clusters, the highest R&D tax credit in the industrialized world and a 50 billion dollars investment in research and higher education. This implies that today there are many new opportunities for French-American partnerships, and the success of France-Atlanta demonstrates just that” said Consul General Barbet on this occasion.
To find out more about France-Atlanta, please visit the website www.france-atlanta.org.