Friday, March 7, 2008

State of Georgia Hires its First International Business Concierge

The Georgia Department of Economic Development today announced the hiring of the state’s first-ever International Business Concierge, Nico Wijnberg.

“We are so excited to welcome Nico to our International Operations team,” said Heidi Green, Deputy Commissioner for Global Commerce with GDEcD. “This position will help raise Georgia’s profile among international businesses, and his international experience will be key to helping us roll out the welcome mat to companies and executives that are new to Georgia and the U.S.”

The International Business Concierge (IBC) is a newly-created role within GDEcD’s International Operations team. The IBC in cooperation with project managers will help business executives surmount challenges in the relocation process. Services may include assistance with driver’s licenses, banking options, housing and real estate, schools and cultural opportunities among others.

Mr. Wijnberg comes to GDEcD by way of the Netherlands, where for the past three years he served in the Dutch Federal Department of Economic Development as a specialist in Russia and Central Asia. His background also includes stints working in Latvia and France.

He received his Masters degree in international affairs from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and also studied European and international law, international economics and business. Mr. Wijnberg speaks Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Russian.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state's sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a location for film, video and music projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development.
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