Mayor Kasim Reed addressed members of the diplomatic corps at Ponce City Market. Photo courtesy of the City of Atlanta

Diplomats posted locally got a deeper look at their city of residence as they traveled off the beaten path for this year’s “Experience Atlanta” tour. 

Career diplomats as well as honorary consuls took time away from serving their constituencies and promoting their countries to better understand the place where they’re posted, with help from city leaders including Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who gave a keynote speech on the rooftop at Ponce City Market.

“Atlanta has been an international city for decades, thanks in part to the leadership of Ambassador Andrew Young,” Mr. Reed said during the speech, highlighting progress during his term.“But over the past six years our connections and presence on the international stage have grown, and I have to thank all of you here today for this.”

Atlanta counts more than 70 consular and trade offices and more than 40 binational chambers of commerce, leaders of which also joined the luncheon.

Led by the City of Atlanta’s Office of International Affairs, the all-day itinerary included visits to the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation and Office of Immigrant Affairs, which is home to the Welcoming Atlanta initiative. After lunch, the group toured Twelve Music, a studio and artist management agency. They also heard presentations about Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as well as the city’s sustainability initiatives.

Learn more about the itinerary here.

As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...