A delegation from the Georgia Department of Economic Development is headed to Nashville, Tenn., for a conference highlighting the Southeast‘s relationship with Japan.

This year marks the 34th SEUS/Japan Association conference, which alternates each year between Japan and cities in the Southeast. The association was founded in 1976 as eight states joined to help each other better engage with Japan, an emerging economic power at the time. This year’s event, held Oct. 17-19, focuses on renewable energy, global economic trends and logistics.

Heidi Green, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, was slated to give opening remarks. In the past, more than 500 government and business leaders have attended the conferences.

Some 400 Japanese companies operating in Georgia had invested more than $5.9 billion in the state as of November 2008, making Japan the largest cumulative investor in Georgia, according to a news release.

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