Delegates from the Moscow Region Chamber of Commerce visiting Atlanta last week raised the unexpected possibility of the collaborative development of trade centers in Chamblee and Moscow.

When the delegation visited the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, they were shown plans for the construction of the International Village, a commercial park in Chamblee that is to include a foreign trade center, a hotel and retail space for area merchants.

Anatoly A. Lyutenko, the Moscow chamber’s president, appeared enthusiastic about a similar project being developed in the Moscow region. “We should do the same thing in Moscow,” he told GlobalAtlanta through a translator. “By working together, we could reduce costs and benefit from a joint venture.”

Mr. Lyutenko also said that the Moscow region is undergoing extensive commercial development and seeks to encourage trade.

Chris Lazar, director of governmental and cultural affairs at the DeKalb chamber, said that he would go to Moscow to look with Mr. Lyutenko for an appropriate site there and help seek out potential investors.

“We plan to follow-up with our initial meeting…” he added concerning the mutual desire to develop the two projects together.

The International Village project is to be developed by PDK Investment Group LLC adjacent to the DeKalb Peachtree Airport. PDK was chosen in 2002 from a long list of applicants that had responded to its bid request for development of the 30-acre commercial site.

The DeKalb project, Mr. Lazar said, is on the fast track with review by the Atlanta Regional Commission and traffic studies by Georgia Regional Transportation Authority to be completed in four to six months.

Mr. Lyutenko and three other delegates from the Moscow chamber also met with officials from Emerson Process Management, a division of Emerson Electric Co. in Alpharetta.

Emerson Process Management, an engineering firm that helps businesseses automate their processing and distribution capabilities in a variety of industries, has an office in Moscow.

The delegates attended the 2004 International Consular Ball and met with local investors and agribusiness representatives.

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