Gov. Sonny Perdue announced last week that the TradeRoots program, a public-private trade education initiative, is to conduct customized workshops in seven Georgia cities during the next 18 months. The cities are Columbus, Douglas, Gainesville, Rome, Savannah, Thomasville and Tifton.

The program, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Commerce Department, aims to educate companies and economic developers on the benefits of free trade agreements, the differences and similarities among these agreements and how trade serves as an economic development tool.

As reported in the May 16 issue of GlobalAtlanta, the program is to focus on strengthening trade ties with Chile.

The program involves partners at the federal, state and local levels. Georgia’s organizing committee for the program includes the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education, Georgia Economic Developers Association, North Georgia District Export Council, University of Georgia’s Business Outreach Services/SBDC, U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Export Assistance Center.

For more information from the governor’s office, call (404) 651-7774.