Latin American Crossroads: Costa Rica
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Known for its pura vida lifestyle, Costa Rica has become popular with American vacationers and retirees who prize the country of 4 million for its strong health care system, cheerful population and environmental sensitivity.
But the Central American nation is anything but laid-back when it comes to business. Ceding low-end manufacturing to its neighbors, Costa Rica has made a strong play as a technology, services and medical-device hub, with Atlanta universities and companies investing heavily in its climb up the value chain.
In the next event in Global Atlanta’s Latin American Crossroads series, sponsored by Emory Executive Education at Emory’s Goizueta Business School, learn how a country with no military is fighting for multilateralism, boosting trade and enhancing education to achieve its goals — and how your company can benefit from engaging.
In addition to a business panel, we’ll feature presentations from Georgia universities with ongoing exchanges in Costa Rica, a popular location for research and collaboration on diverse topics ranging from linguistics to logistics.
Introductory Remarks: Flora Leah Venegas Corrales, Consul General of Costa Rica in Atlanta
-Mike Fisher, Director, Product Development, Global Center for Medical Innovation, an Atlanta-based medical product development incubator looking into Costa Rica collaborations via Georgia Tech. See full bio
-Pilar Madrigal, Head, Investment Promotion and Aftercare, Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency, CINDE, New York. See full bio
*Other invited companies with operations in Costa Rica: Coca-Cola, Avionyx, Agroganadera Pinilla SA
Moderated by: Trevor Williams, Managing Editor, Global Atlanta
- Tim Blumentritt, Kennesaw State University
- David Slade, Berry College
- Amanda Rugenski, University of Georgia, Costa Rica Campus