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SEUS-Japan 2019
Savannah, GA: October 20-23, 2019

Bridging Cultures. Celebrating Success.

42nd Annual Joint Meeting of the Southeast U.S./Japan Association and the Japan-U.S. Southeast Association

This prestigious gathering of global business leaders celebrates longstanding economic and cultural ties and offers delegates from Japan and seven southeastern U.S. member states unparalleled opportunities to meet key contacts and leverage international opportunities.

   

    

HISTORY

The Southeast U.S.- Japan Association (SEUS-Japan) was established in 1976 to promote trade, investment, understanding and friendship between Japan and the southeastern United States. Member states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, and SEUS-Japan has a Japanese counterpart, the Japan- U.S. Southeast Association. Both memberships include top business leaders and government officials. 

An annual conference between the two associations is held on a rotational basis in Japan and the southeastern U.S. Each of the seven states serves as “Host and Co-Host State” for a two-year term and assumes leadership of SEUS-Japan during that period. The state of Georgia hosted the first annual joint meeting in Atlanta in 1976, as well as the 1990 and 2004 joint meetings. 2019 marks the first time Georgia will host the conference in Savannah, Georgia. 

VENUE

The Westin Savannah Harbor
1 Resort Drive
Savannah, Georgia 31421

Room Rate: $229 USD/night
Booking Deadline: October 4, 2019
Reserve Today:  https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1560383537647&key=GRP&app=resvlink

REGISTRATION

To attend the SEUS-Japan Annual Joint Meeting you must be selected as a delegate to the conference by one of the member jurisdictions in either the United States or Japan.

Georgia delegates: $500 per person.
Registration will open mid-2019.

For residents of other member states or Japan, contact your SEUS-Japan coordinator:

Alabama
Hilda Lockhart
Director, International Trade Division
Alabama Department of Commerce
401 Adams Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130-4106
Office: (334) 242-0442
Cell: (334) 328-2460
hilda.lockhart@commerce.alabama.gov
madeinalabama.com
Florida
Dave Woodward
Executive Director
Florida Delegation, Southeast U.S./Japan
P.O. Box 226647
Miami, FL 33222-6647
Office: (305) 594-7745
Cell: (305) 962-9066
dwoodward@fl-seusjapan.org
fl-seusjapan.org
Mississippi
Karel Abboud
STEP Grant Manager
Mississippi Development Authority
501 N. West Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Office: (601) 359-3849
Cell: (601) 209-7229
kabboud@mississippi.org
mississippi.org
North Carolina
David Rhoades
Communications Director
North Carolina Department of Commerce
4301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4301
Office: (919) 814-4611
Cell: (919) 218-0542
drhoades@nccommerce.com
nccommerce.com
South Carolina
Clarke Thompson
Chief Protocol Officer, International Strategy & Trade
South Carolina Department of Commerce
1201 Main Street, Capitol Center Tower Suite 1600
Columbia, SC 29201-3200
Office: (803) 737-0438
Cell: (803) 413-6792
cthompson@sccommerce.com
sccommerce.com
Japan
Mr. Eiji Nakao
General Manager
The Americas Team
Regional Coordination & Administrative Department
Marubeni Corporation
Tokyo Nihombashi Tower
7-1, Nihonbashi 2-chome
Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-6060, Japan
Office:+81-3-3282-2513
Nakao-E@jpn.marubeni.com
Tennessee
Donna Lee Siple
Chief Executive Office
Japan-America Society of Tennessee
P.O. Box 330003
Nashville, TN 37203
Office: (615) 663-6060
Cell: (412) 400-9483
dlsiple@jastn.org
jast.org

Masami Tyson
Global Director of FDI and Trade
Tennessee Department of Economic and
Community Development
Tennessee Tower, 27th Floor
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave.
Nashville, TN 37243
Cell: (615) 927-0781
masami.tyson@tn.gov
tnecd.com

SPONSORS

Presented by:

Sponsorship opportunities available. Email seusjapan2019@georgia.org

   

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

All events Business Attire unless otherwise noted. Transportation will be provided to all off-site events.

Times subject to change.

Sunday, October 20
1:00 – 4:30 pmRegistration – 2nd Floor Reception, Westin Savannah Hotel
5:30 – 8:00 pmChairman’s Dinner (by special invitation only)
Monday, October 21
8:00 am – 5:00 pmRegistration – 2nd Floor Reception, Westin Savannah Hotel
8:00 am – 2:30 pmGolf – The Club at Savannah Harbor
9:00 am – 4:30 pmTour 1: Port of Savannah Tour
Tour 2: Savannah Taste Experience Food Tour
Tour 3: Savannah Historic District Walking Tour

*detailed descriptions below 
5:00 – 6:30 pm Georgia Host State Reception (by invitation only)
Westin Harbor Ballroom A, 1st Floor 
5:00 – 6:30 pm SEUS State Receptions
Westin Savannah Hotel
6:30 – 8:30 pmWelcome Gala
Westin Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor
Tuesday, October 22
7:30 amRegistration – 2nd Floor Reception, Westin Savannah Hotel
7:45 am – 8:45 amDelegate Networking Breakfast 
Westin Ballroom C & D, 2nd Floor
8:00 am – 8:45 amVIP Breakfast (by special invitation only)
Westin Harbor Ballroom A, 1st Floor
9:00 – 10:40 amOpening Ceremony
Westin Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Official Remarks by Delegation Leaders
9:30 am – 3:00 pm Spouse/Guest Tour
Departing from Westin Lobby, 1st floor
10:45 – 11:05 am Networking Break
11:10 am – 12:25 pmExecutive Leadership Roundtable – Logistics & Supply Chain
Westin Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor
12:30 – 2:00 pmLuncheon and Keynote Address
Westin Ballroom C & D, 2nd Floor
2:10 – 2:30 pmSpecial Remarks
Westin Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor
2:30 – 3:45 pmExecutive Leadership Roundtable – Successful Workforce Partnerships
Westin Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor
3:45 – 4:15 pmCoffee and Networking
6:00 – 8:30 pmReception and Networking Event
Kehoe Iron Works at Trustees’ Garden 
660 E Broughton Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Wednesday, October 23
7:45 – 8:45 amJoint Delegation Networking Breakfast
Westin Ballroom C & D, 2nd Floor
9:00 – 9:45 amKeynote Address
Westin Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor
9:50 – 10:30 amClosing Ceremony
Westin Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor
10:45 am42nd Annual Joint Meeting Adjourns

DELEGATE TOURS

Monday, October 21, 2019
Casual Attire. All tours included in conference registration fee. Tours 2 and 3 require significant walking so please wear comfortable shoes.
Tour #1 – Georgia Ports Authority
Monday, October 21, 2019
9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Tour the Port of Savannah Garden City Terminal. The tour will begin with a brief presentation at the Georgia Ports Authority main office followed by a bus tour of the terminal. Garden City Terminal is the fourth-busiest container port in the United States and provides access to 44% of U.S. consumers in 2-3 days. At 1,200 acres, it is North America’s busiest single-terminal container facility. This allows for maximum efficiency and flexibility, concentrating all manpower, technology and equipment in one massive container operation.

After the Ports tour, return to downtown Savannah for a southern buffet lunch at 45 Bistro, a local favorite restaurant located inside The Marshall House, a historic Savannah inn. Originally built in 1852, the entire building was completely renovated in 1999 reestablishing the facility to its former grandeur. After lunch return to the Westin via bus or choose to explore Broughton Street shopping on your own and return to the hotel at your leisure.

About the Georgia Ports Authority
Since 1945, Georgia’s ports have served as magnets for international trade and investment, enriching the state’s economy to benefit all Georgians. The Georgia Ports Authority is dedicated to providing customers with the most efficient, productive port facilities in the nation, and to creating jobs and business opportunities to benefit more than 9.7 million Georgians. The GPA is committed to maintaining its competitive edge through the development of leading-edge technology, marketing, and operations to move cargo faster. And, the Authority is working hard to identify what must be done today to sustain growth, performance, and security for tomorrow.

Georgia’s deep-water ports in Savannah and Brunswick, together with inland barge operations in Bainbridge and Columbus, are Georgia’s gateways to the world. They are the critical conduits through which raw materials and finished products flow to and from destinations around the globe. 

Tour #2 – Historic Savannah Walking Tour
Monday, October 21, 2019
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The private historic “Savannah Saunter” walking tour covers the history of the city from its founding in 1733 through the next 280 years of its history. The tour discusses the reasons and means by which Savannah was established and its survival, growth, and revitalization through several American wars. Notable figures and important landmarks will be discussed at length, and guests are encouraged to ask questions during and after the tour!

Guests will board a bus at the Westin to meet experienced guides at Reynolds Square in downtown Savannah. Guides will distribute audio receivers to preserve the quality of the sound for the two-hour walking tour through the beautiful city. Guests will be guided through the historic downtown district progressing through the city’s squares, with special attention given to those aspects of Savannah, Georgia that have impacted and been impacted by global trade.

The walking tour ends at 45 Bistro where guests will enjoy a southern buffet lunch. The local favorite restaurant is located in The Marshall House, a historic Savannah inn. Originally built in 1852, the entire building was completely renovated in 1999 reestablishing the facility to its former grandeur. After lunch return to the Westin via bus or choose to explore Broughton Street shopping on your own and return to the hotel at your leisure.

Tour #3 – Savannah Taste Experience Food Tour
Monday, October 21, 2019
Group 1: 10:45 am – 2:45 pm
Group 2: 11:15 am – 3:15 pm
Group 3: 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Expect good food and a great time! The Savannah Taste Experience “First Squares Food Tour” is a walking tour that allows guests to sample delicious foods from six unique foodie spots surrounding the initial squares built in Savannah. Guests will learn about the food, the restaurants, the history, and the culture that help shape the tasty Hostess City’s palate. Tasting locations include a not-so-ordinary pub, an award-winning honey store, and a traditional Scottish restaurant highlighting dishes consumed by some of Savannah’s earliest settlers.

Food is one of the best ways to sample an area’s culture. On the First Squares Food Tour guests will get a feel for what Savannah and the state of Georgia are all about. The tour guides are knowledgeable about the area’s history, and you are able to connect that history to the food you sample as you visit each of the chosen tasting locations.

Delegates will be divided into three groups for the optimal taste experience. Transportation from the Westin to downtown Savannah will be provided via bus. At the conclusion of the tour return to the Westin via bus, or stay to explore downtown Savannah and return on your own at your leisure.

Spouse/Guest Tour
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Spend the day in historic downtown Savannah. A lunch stop will be included in the tour. Additional details TBC.

                                   

     

   

CONTACT

Georgia Department of Economic Development
seusjapan2019@georgia.org 
404-962-4000

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