World Trade Center Kentucky’s first U.S. port trade mission to Savannah, Georgia a success

LEXINGTON, Ky. — World Trade Center Kentucky (WTC-KY) recently returned from its first ocean port-focused trade mission to Savannah, Georgia.

The U.S. Port Mission to Georgia Ports Authority, organized by WTC-KY, with strong support from the World Trade Center Savannah, led nine business representatives through a series of site visits from September 19-21, 2018.

“The World Trade Center Kentucky was thrilled to have a delegation made up of individuals from a variety of professional and educational backgrounds. The questions posed at the port, WTC Savannah, and the manufacturing sites by our delegation members only enhanced the value of the trip. We look forward to next year’s mission,” stated Darren Srebnick, chief trade office, World Trade Center Kentucky.

Kentucky businesses who attended the Mission include Artisan Brands, Charah, Inc., Eastham Development, Inc, Equus Run Vineyards LLC, Frost Brown Todd LLC, Henderson County Riverport, Procter & Gamble, and Steel Technologies LLC.

“The port mission was a very successful visit for me,” said Robert Mann, import analyst with Proctor and Gamble, “I learned so much about the Savannah Port Authority and the improvements they are making to what I would already consider the best port in the US. The WTC-KY were wonderful hosts that went above and beyond to meet my needs. It felt like we were all a group of friends versus business acquaintances during the entire visit. I would highly recommend a WTC-KY port mission to anyone that wants to gain knowledge of port operations.”

Among the sites visited were WTC Savannah, Georgia Ports Authority, JCB, Customs and Border Protection Savannah Lab, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and DIRTT.

Greg Pritchett, executive director with Henderson County Riverport said, “The U.S. Port Mission was a transformational event. Being able to witness first-hand how The Port Authority, state government transportation, economic development and industrial agencies are all on the same page was inspiring. Seeing this efficiency, buy-in and collaboration surrounding the Georgia Ports is a model worth studying and replicating here in Kentucky.”

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