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|Sonji Jacobs, Director
|Reese McCranie, Deputy Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/19/12
Mayor Kasim Reed to Announce France - Atlanta 2012
New French Consul General and Georgia Tech Vice Provost join Mayor to unveil program for France-Atlanta events, which run from October 25 through November 10
Atlanta, October 19, 2012– Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will announce the program for the third annual “France-Atlanta 2012” during a press conference on Monday, October 22. Denis Barbet, the new French Consul General in Atlanta, and Dr. Yves Berthelot, who was recently appointed Vice Provost for International Initiatives at Georgia Tech, will join the Mayor for the announcement.
Mayor Kasim Reed
Denis Barbet, French Consul General
Dr. Yves Berthelot, Georgia Tech Vice Provost for International Initiatives
Mayor Kasim Reed, French Consul General Denis Barbet and Georgia Tech Vice-Provost
for International Relations Dr. Yves Berthelot will announce the program for
the third annual “France-Atlanta 2012” at a press conference on Monday, October 22.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Atlanta City Hall – 2nd Floor
55 Trinity Ave., S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
||The Consulate General of France in Atlanta and the Georgia Institute of Technology have
partnered together once again to present a new edition of “France Atlanta: Together
Towards Innovation.” Nearly 15 events highlighting science, economics, culture and
humanitarian work will be presented in Atlanta from October 25 through November 10,
The 2010 and 2011 editions of “France-Atlanta” brought together almost 3,500 participants each year and breathed new life into the relationship between France and the Southeast. Among the many positive outcomes resulting from these events included the memorandum of understanding signed between the Paris airports and region and the City of Atlanta to develop the two airport zones, the structured scientific cooperation between Georgia Tech and CNRS on graphene, and the artistic residencies of Pierre Gonnord and Mohamed Bourrouissa.
Below is a highlight of this year’s France-Atlanta program:
- A scientific symposium on public/private sector cooperation in the automotive sector at Georgia Tech;
- A scientific symposium on medical cooperation projects between Atlanta and Toulouse in regards to cardiology, cancer research, hematology and technology transfer at Emory University;
- A business workshop on water management at the Metro Atlanta Chamber;
- A follow-up business workshop on French-American cooperation in the nuclear sector at Georgia Tech;
- A public discussion on “Sustainable Airport Areas” at Georgia Tech;
- A contemporary dance performance by Pierre Rigal and the Compagnie Dernière Minute at the Rialto, the Goat Farm and Elevate Atlanta;
- A photo exhibit by French artist Pierre Gonnord at SCAD;
- A jazz concert by French artist Raphaël Imbert at the High Museum and the First Congressional Church;
- France-Atlanta at the BronzeLens Film Festival;
- A humanitarian event on urban poverty with Habitat for Humanity and Habitat et Humanisme, including the building of a house in Atlanta by the French community, the renovation of a housing complex in the Metz area (France) by the American community, and a conference at Georgia Tech; and
- A series of presentations in local high schools on current humanitarian issues by local French-speakers NGO representatives (Carter Center, Care, Peace Corps);
Presented under the high auspices of the Ambassador of France to the U.S.A., the Governor of Georgia and the Mayor of Atlanta, “France-Atlanta 2012” has partnered with Atlanta’s most notable institutions including the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Invest Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, The Bronzelens, The High Museum, the Rialto Center, Elevate, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, the Carter Center, Care, Georgia Tech and many more.
To find out more about “France-Atlanta 2012”: www.france-atlanta.org
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