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Columbia to host global investment conference

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Columbia will play host to the seventh annual Global Carolina Connections Conference, focusing on foreign direct investments and international manufacturing, on Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of South Carolina Pastides Alumni Center.

The conference will include presentations and panel discussions delving into international investment and the manufacturing landscape in the Carolinas. Topics of discussion will include attracting and retaining global business talent, the state of foreign direct investment from China and Europe, and legal, tax and trade trends.

Economic leaders from North and South Carolina and representatives from USC’s Darla Moore School of Business will give presentations on attracting international investment.

“The Carolinas are a decade into an era of unprecedented economic expansion, with unique challenges continuing to emerge,” said Steve Jast, founder and president of Montreal-based ROI Research on Investment, an event sponsor. “We’re looking forward to spending a day examining how to turn these into opportunities.”

Corporate executives from BMW, Giti Tire, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, as well as leaders from global manufacturers who have operations in the Carolinas, will be among the panelists and keynote speakers. Also scheduled to attend are executives and managers from foreign-owned and affiliated companies, international law experts, tax advisers, and consulate and chamber representatives from Austria, Belgium and Germany.  

The Global Carolina Connections Conference has previously been held on Charleston, Greenville, Charlotte and Raleigh. For more information or to register, click here.

“Business is about people, and the GCC conference once again promises to be the best opportunity of the year to meet with and hear from thought leaders and corporate decision makers who are advancing to keep the Carolinas on the leading edge of international business recruitment and expansion,” said Sam Moses, a conference co-founder and partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP.

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