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Governor and First Lady Kemp Reinforce Economic Partnerships in Korea

June 11, 2024
Georgia Department of Economic Development

ATLANTA – June 11, 2024 – Governor Brian P. Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp today announced they are leading a delegation of state officials on an international mission to the Republic of Korea that will focus on reinforcing strategic economic development partnerships.

“The Republic of Korea was the very first country I visited when I became governor for a good reason – because of the incredible partners located there,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “Marty and I are glad to return so that we can reinforce those great friendships that are bringing historic investments and jobs to communities all across the state. Georgia’s connections to Korea goes back decades, and this trip will further strengthen those relationships that are having a generational impact on the No. 1 state for business.”

The state delegation consists of state elected officials, including President Pro Tem John Kennedy, Representative Soo Hong, and Representative Lehman Franklin, as well as representatives from the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), Georgia Environmental Protection Division, and Georgia Ports Authority. Governor and Mrs. Kemp and the delegation will conduct meetings with existing industries operating or under construction in Georgia, including Hyundai Motor Group, Kia, CJ Foodville, LG Group, SK Group, and Hanwha Qcells.

“Connectivity leads to business, and relationships build the foundations of mutual progress,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Meeting with the leadership of existing industries at their headquarters provides a unique opportunity to learn more about their perspective on an industry and where it is headed. By keeping the lines of communication open, we can stay ahead of the curve in industry shifts, positioning Georgia at the forefront of new opportunities.”

Korea-Georgia Connection at a Glance

The State of Georgia has maintained continuous representation in Korea since 1985, and Korea’s Consular Office with jurisdiction across the Southeast, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands has been located in Georgia since 1976. Korea has been one of the top sources of Foreign Direct Investment and international job creation in Georgia for the last three years. In fiscal year 2023, alone, Korean companies announced more than $10 billion in investments and the creation of 12,605 jobs across the state. Total trade between the State of Georgia and Korea totaled over $15.8 billion in calendar year 2023, accounting for nearly 10 percent of the state’s total trade.


Garrison Douglas - Press Secretary
Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp

Carter Chapman - Deputy Press Secretary
Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp

Jessica Atwell - Communications Manager
Georgia Department of Economic Development

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