Costas Simoglou, an export program manager with the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism (GDITT), was in Greece last week making arrangements for a Georgia delegation to visit Greece and Israel, June 5-13.

      Randy Cardoza, GDITT’s commissioner, will lead the delegation, which is to consist of a dozen or so participants representing from small- to medium-sized to Fortune 500 companies.

      Business appointments will be scheduled for each Georgia participant to meet their individual goals.  The delegation also will call on industry and government leaders, trade associations, prospective investors in Georgia and on public sector officials who may benefit by procuring Made in Georgia USA products, services and technologies.

      According to GDITT, Greece is an attractive market for Georgia companies because $14 billion is to be spent on infrastructure projects there in the next three to five years.  Greece also is a gateway to the Balkans and Black Sea region countries.

      Israel encourages economic partnerships with U.S. companies, which may be financially supported through bi-national research organizations such as the Bi-National Research & Development Fund (BIRD), and the U.S.-Israel Science & Technology Commission.  GDITT maintains a representative office in Jerusalem.

     A trade mission fee of $1,000, not including air transportation, lodging and some meals, will cover the costs of the mission and the various events to be scheduled.

      For more information, call Mr. Simoglou at (404) 651-6055; fax, (404) 651-6505 or by email at