With the purpose of promoting economic development in our region, and supporting the regional business community, the Center for the Future of North Georgia hosts forums of various types:
Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Forum
To strengthen the business partnerships that are critical to the success of today's business students, the Center for the Future of North Georgia in the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia (UNG) invited the region's Chambers of Commerce to discuss collaborations that could benefit area businesses and UNG students. The Center for the Future of North Georgia hosted a forum on Aug. 2 with 15 chamber executives representing hundreds of businesses across northeast Georgia and metro Atlanta. Discussions focused on opportunities for the Mike Cottrell College of Business and its centers to support regional businesses and chambers.
Chamber executives expressed an interest in identifying programs or initiatives that would be mutually beneficial, and several members offered recommendations around regional studies and other support initiatives. CFNG Director Ruben Boling stated "we are more regionally focused than ever. We want to start a dialogue on how we can work together to strengthen our communities, offer relevant programming based on area business needs for UNG students and make our region the best it can be."
Dr. Donna Mayo, dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business, addressed the partnership between the university and chambers: "Many of our graduates move on to positions within the region and the experiences they receive here at UNG directly influence their future efforts. We thank the chambers for their interest and their support of the Mike Cottrell College of Business and are excited to have such a great business community as a partner
German Business Forum
To foster partnerships between German-owned businesses and the University of North Georgia, the Mike Cottrell College of Business and its Center for the Future of North Georgia hosted the German Business Forum May 8, 2013 featuring executives from more than 15 businesses. Attended by businesses like Kemper America, TROX USA, Inc., Mugele of America Inc., Elringklinger North America, Siemens Drive Technologies, Atlantic Capital Bank, and others, the forum helped executives and leaders connect for commerce and information sharing.
This forum is an excellent opportunity for UNG to network with the businesses, as building relationships with them can lead to internships for UNG students. This gives the businesses access to knowledgeable interns, and gives the students exposure to multi-cultural business cultures and unique learning experiences.
This includes students such as UNG graduate Chris Leming, who interned for Steinbach und Partner in Germany while studying business administration. "Those experiences in Germany gave me new perspectives and skills, and helped mold me into a young business professional," Leming said.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Eike Jordan of Jordan Inter Consult, spoke about key issues pertaining to German-American business relations and investment issues in his presentation "The State of German Companies and Businesses in Georgia, and the Journey to Get There."
Dr. Jordan has been involved in the German business community in the southeastern United States for the past 35 years. He founded the German American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta in 1975 and is a champion for business relationships between Georgia and Germany. He is currently on the Board of Directors for GACC South in Atlanta.
Read Dr. Jordan's full biography [pdf file]