by Phil Bolton | September 3, 2010
GlobalAtlanta’s inaugural podcast focuses on the Americas Competitiveness Forum 2010.
GlobalAtlanta Publisher Phil Bolton joined Jose Ignacio Gonzalez, the event’s executive secretary, and Craig Lesser, former commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development and managing director of the Pendleton Consulting Group, to discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by the upcoming event.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed are hosting the fourth annual forum Nov. 14-16 in Atlanta. It is expected to attract 1,000 participants from 34 countries’ public and private sectors.
Mr. Gonzalez, who also is president of Atlanta-based Hemisphere Trade Services Inc. and executive chairman of CIFAL Inc., a United Nations affiliated organization that trains government officials in a variety of fields, has been promoting Atlanta as a hemispheric civic and commercial hub for more than a decade.
Mr. Lesser also is a member of the CIFAL board of directors and has traveled throughout the hemisphere promoting the forum in years past.
In parts one and two of the podcast, Mr. Gonzalez and Mr. Lesser provide an overview of the evolution of the forum and the opportunities it presents for businesspeople and civic officials throughout the hemisphere.
In part three, Mr. Gonzalez provides a detailed description of the forum.
To learn more about the forum, go to www.competitivenessforum.org