The Atlanta-based Russian-American Chamber of Commerce in the USA will host an official delegation from Sochi, Russia, in September to meet with local developers who want to bid on projects for the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Sochi, which is located in the south of Russia on the Black Sea, was selected to host the Olympic Games at the 119th International Olympic Committee session held July 4 in Guatemala.

“This will be a high-level delegation led by Tatiana Evsikova, head of the region’s department of investments and development,” Sergio Millian, the chamber’s president, told GlobalAtlanta.

Sochi is located in the Krasnodar region, which has a population of more than 5 million and attracts some 10 million tourists annually, that is to have special economic and tourist zones permitting casino gaming.

Several airports also are planned to accommodate visitors to the games.

The delegation would like to meet with builders, developers and investors specializing in residential, industrial and commercial buildings; fast track housing and plants for production of raw materials and equipment for that type of housing; hotels and resort development; sports and health complexes; conference and expo centers; casinos, malls and shopping centers.

According to Mr. Millian, Atlanta is well known to Sochi officials.

The Atlanta-based sports marketing and consulting firm, Helios Partners, designed the bid documents for Sochi’s application. Helios also has offices in Beijing and Washington and affiliated offices in London and Tokyo.

Former members of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games also have been involved in the project.

“We want to develop a long-term relationship with the Sochi officials,” Mr. Millian said. “This is a great opportunity for local businesses.”

To learn more about the delegation’s visit Sept. 1-10, Mr. Millian may be reached by calling (404) 667-9319. The chamber’s Web site may be found at

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