Category Archives: Professional

International Trade

One of my favorite aspects of working for the state of Georgia is to travel and visit the businesses that make our economy hum. The entrepreneurial spirit and the sheer volume of activity is astonishing.

It was a true pleasure working with these 3 companies to tell their story about how they have been able to increase their exports through assistance from the International Trade Team. Their sincerity is obvious.

Happy watching!

We Speak Business

Here is my latest video project. It took me months to gather testimonials from companies such as Porsche, General Motors, Panasonic and several others. But the end product is a short (1:45) and concise testimonial for Georgia’s exceptional business environment. Hope you enjoy!

Augmented Reality

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I know apps like Layar and Junaio have been around for a while, but this is the first time I have actually employed the technology in a print ad.

QR codes have proliferated the ad space, and still have their place, but the amount of actual scans in the b-to-b realm is a little disappointing. Regardless, companies like Layar and Junaio are now offering QR code scanning as well but with more bells and whistles.

One thing I have found when it comes to prompting the Augmented Reality experience on your iPhone, Android or Tablet: the greater resolution and contrasting information in the image the better results you’ll get.

Download Layar and give the above a scan and let me know if it works!

Happy Holidays

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This year we wanted to take a different approach with our holiday card and make it a little bit more interactive with a few calls to action. Of course, we were careful to keep it light and spirited without beating you over the head with a marketing message. We hope you like it.

Year in Review

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I am pleased and proud to have participated in the creation of our department’s “Year in Review” which illustrates some of the teams’ accomplishments in fiscal year 2012.

Our designer did an amazing job!

If you know me and would like to have a better understanding of what I do on a day-to-day basis then check it out. You might also be amazed at how much is going on in the state of Georgia.

You can download the pdf here.

Video Storytelling

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In the past couple of months I have had the distinct pleasure of interviewing a variety of individuals that play a significant role in Georgia’s economy. Some of the interviewees have consisted of the following:

  • Governor Nathan Deal
  • Mayor Kasim Reed
  • Commissioner Chris Cummiskey
  • Bud Peterson, President of Georgia Tech

And executives from Porsche, Panasonic and Baxter.

It is certainly a different approach than a written case study or a press release, but I find it to be a great mechanism for telling the economic development story and what Georgia has to offer both national and international businesses. And I get to ask the questions.:-)

Here’s a recent video featuring Porsche:

For others you can visit http://www.youtube.com/GeorgiaBusinessUSA

Innovations in Aerospace

 

It was a real pleasure working with both the Georgia Centers of Innovation (COI) and AREA-I to produce this video.

The COI are an integral part of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and its ability to help companies in Georgia grow and compete. They offer industry expertise and connections to Georgia’s vast network of business, academic and government resources.

One of the six centers is focused specifically on Aerospace. A fine example of the type of companies they assist is AREA-I. Under a supporting grant from the Center of Innovation for Aerospace, Middle Georgia College entered into a joint research & development program with AREA-I for flight testing of an advanced UAV, the Prototype Technology Evaluation Research Aircraft (PTERA), to demonstrate a wide range of cutting-edge aerospace technologies.

Through this public/private partnership, the MGC-AREA-I team has a two-year window to fly PTERA at the Middle Georgia College Aviation facilities in Eastman, Georgia. As a result, MGC is gaining valuable expertise to support the development of future UAV curriculum while AREA-I has gained additional contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and the United States Air Force.

Savannah, Georgia

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Did you know that Savannah has the fourth largest container port in the nation? Here for a photo shoot to capture the incredible infrastructure and logistics attributes of this crucial southeast hub. The view from one of the cranes is pretty spectacular.

Real Marketing

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It has been a few months since I moved to Georgia and immersed myself in the economic development landscape. One of the aspects of my new position has been to leverage the brand direction set in place by the marketing and communications team as well as our agency of record, Engauge.

To me it is a refreshing approach because it draws upon hard figures and statistics unique to the region with a foundation of “We Speak Business.”

Above is an energy ad I recently worked on for an upcoming conference. Below are two more. One is an aerospace ad for Georgia Trend (left), while the other is a logistics and infrastructure ad for Site Selection magazine (right).

What do you think?

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Click either image above to view larger.

Georgia Department of Economic Development

I have officially started a new position as director of account management in the marketing and communications department at the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

I will primarily be serving the Global Commerce teams as they generate economic development throughout the state. They are an active group composed of 5 main teams:

  • Aerospace, Defense and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Logistics, Energy, Agribusiness and Food Processing
  • Corporate Solutions
  • Health Sciences and Advanced Technologies
  • Existing Industry and Regional Recruitment
  • International Investments

In addition, ten international offices actively represent and promote the state to key decision makers in their regions.

In 2011, the International Trade Team assisted 265 trade deals in at least 37 countries; meanwhile, the Global Commerce team members supported 158 missions and trade shows.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development also operates its Tourism Division as well as Film, Music & Digital Entertainment.

Another key business team is the Georgia Centers of Innovation. Focused on six industry clusters and located throughout the state, the Centers assist and partner with Georgia companies to help them accelerate growth and provide industry-specific knowledge, connections and innovative business solutions.

For example, Bioscience:

There is a lot going on here in the state of Georgia. Stay tuned!