Georgia economic development groups are meeting in France this week on a business mission to shore up ties with existing French investors and recruit new ones. 

The Atlanta-based French-American Chamber of Commerce is leading the trip and will be joined by representatives of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Department of Economic DevelopmentGeorgia Power Co. and the Metro Atlanta Chamber

They are slated to attend the Classe Export trade show in Lyon Dec. 4-5. The annual event convenes French companies with global expansion plans.

Leaders on the trip include Daniel Bowers, executive director of the French chamber; Nico Wijnberg, a Georgia project manager for foreign direct investment and John Woodward, senior director of foreign investment at the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

The Gwinnett chamber will tack on visits to French companies with operations in the county, including animal health giant Merial, engraving solutions provider Gravotech Inc., and Altiplano, which specializes in outdoor recreational spaces. 

Gwinnett leaders including Nick Masino, vice president of economic development, will also head to Germany, calling on the head offices of gauge and instrument provider Wika Instrument Corp.Heraeus, diesel engine maker Deutz Corp., and furniture hardware manufacturer Hettich America L.P. in the cities of KlingenbergHanauCologne and Kirchlengern. All the above companies have operations in Gwinnett. 

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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...