Georgia is home to 69 governments from around the world through consular offices and/or trade representation primarily located in metro Atlanta. These offices help develop economic, commercial, scientific and cultural relations between the foreign governments they represent and the southeastern U.S. Consular offices safeguard the interests of their native country or territory and its citizens traveling or residing in their district. Additionally, they issue and renew passports and other official documents, help travelers in distress, sign death certificates, legalize or deliver official documents, and assist travelers in-need of support with local law enforcement or immigration authorities.
Approximately 25 foreign governments have operations in Georgia to promote trade between their countries and the state. In some cases, the trade promotion work is handled from within the countries' consular offices while others maintain independent trade offices. Consular and trade officials from the state’s consular offices will visit local businesses in the area during Georgia's 32nd Annual International VIP Tour.
The aim of the Consular Corps Luncheon is to showcase the achievements of Kennesaw State University faculty and staff to the numerous Consul Generals and trade officials in attendance. The faculty and students will have an opportunity to speak about their work and recognitions they have received, especially relating to the global community and the Consul Generals will be able to engage with their fellow Atlantans and learn more about the community members in Georgia.
For the last leg of the tour, the consulates and trade officials will stop at Kennesaw State University for a brief lunch. The luncheon will serve as a time to introduce the consular corps to the students, alumni, faculty and staff of the institution as well as learn more about the University is impacting the global community. The departments and colleges that were selected for the event are the following:
- The Coles College of Business-MBA Program
- School of Music
- School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development
- Ph.D. College of Conflict Management
- College of Computing and Software Engineering
Each college/department will be stationed around the room to briefly discuss their respective work and highlight some student achievements. Faculty were also tasked in creating a few PowerPoint slides to showcase during the event as well as bring handouts the Consul Generals could read to learn more.
The tour will showcase destinations and businesses in the region and give Georgia's diplomatic corps opportunities to meet local officials. The tour, which combines travel destinations with significant economic development projects and local business leaders, is the only event in the state that enables Atlanta's diplomatic corps to meet local Georgians in their own communities. This luncheon will highlight the impact that Kennesaw State University, one of the only chosen universities during the tour, is making within the larger community in Georgia.
This luncheon will showcase 5 different colleges and departments at Kennesaw State University represented by one faculty member and one student. The purpose of the event is to highlight the achievements of these departments to the Consul Generals and the impact the institution is making in the global community.