When Georgia opened its office in Qingdao last August, the city was already counting down for a horticultural expo that will bring in companies from all over the world this July. 

The Georgia Department of Economic Development is leading trade missions to China in July and September to provide exposure for Georgia companies in the country. 

Chris Carr, commissioner of the department, will lead the mission to Qingdao, Beijing and Shanghai in July. The trip is to be centered on the Qingdao International Horticultural Exposition, for which the University of Georgia has designed a garden. 

Participants are sought from the agriculture, economic development, education and tourism sectors. The cost is $3,800, and interested parties should apply by Monday, May 5. 

The Sept. 21-27 mission to Shanghai and Beijing will focus on small businesses in the forestry, health care and aviation sectors, but firms from other sectors are encouraged to apply, according to the department. That mission costs $2,495, and the deadline to register is July 31. 

For both missions, certain firms may be eligible for discounted rates. 

The state is also seeking Georgia products to be displayed in its offices in Qingdao and Shanghai to convey to Chinese prospects the diversity and creativity of companies based in the state. Food products, agricultural equipment, automotive, consumer goods, medical devices, construction aviation, clean energy and more. 

To submit a product, click here

For the July mission and the product display, contact Nikki Yu at nyu@georgia.org or (404) 962-4046. 

For the September mission, contact Danielle Pascual at dpascual@georgia.org or (404) 962-4061. 

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...