The Global Languages Leadership Meeting purposes to transform leaders, organizations, and communities through personal and collective experiences that build knowledge and stimulate better understandings of global, regional and industry issues. Underlining opportunities for collaboration across disciplines, the annual Global Languages Leadership Meeting aims to push our region, city, and communities forward onto the world stage. To accomplish this mission, the Global Languages Leadership Meeting assembles participants and stakeholders from a variety of spheres in order to discuss, advocate, and promote language learning throughout the continuum of learning.
Beginning with face-to-face interaction, open conversation, and attainable action items, the Global Languages Meeting offers an opportunity for representatives behind the region’s different sectors to stay ahead of the curve in an accelerating global marketplace. Attendees for this event consistently includes representatives among school leaders, legislation committees, government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and businesses with international initiatives. This comprehensive community of peers will capitalize on diverse talents, experiences, and networks to achieve more together than they could separately.
Offering a central location in downtown Atlanta, CULTR’s venue at Georgia State University represents an ideal location for the Global Languages Leadership Meeting to carry on its mission. As the capital of Georgia, Atlanta is the 9th largest U.S. population center and is uniquely positioned to serve as a global city from its balanced economy to its superior quality of life. Furthermore, as highlighted below, Atlanta already serves the southeastern United States as a leading player in education, business, and government. Promoting interconnected partnerships and exciting opportunities for our communities, the Global Languages Leadership Meeting pushes Atlanta to be an international model for leadership, learning, and action.
Looking at the economic standings, Atlanta is considered to be a top business city and a primary transportation hub of the Southeastern United States. With a diverse economy, Atlanta’s dominant sectors include logistics, professional and business services, media operations, and information technology. At the forefront of these industries, Atlanta contains the country's third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies, and the city is the global headquarters of corporations such as Coca-Cola, Home Depot, UPS, Delta Air Lines and AT&T Mobility. As a primary transportation hub of the United States with the world’s busiest airport in Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta offers companies a strategic launching point and connection to international relationships. The Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce highlights metro Atlanta is home to about 3,000 international facilities, employing more than 169,000 people. From a global perspective, some 70 countries are present in metro Atlanta, representing 79 full & honorary consulates and trade offices, and 38 bi-national chambers of commerce.
Because of its role in the Southeastern United States, Atlanta serves as a hub for many arms of the state and federal levels of bureaucracy. As the capital of Georgia, Atlanta serves as the location of most of the state’s government. Located in downtown near Georgia State University, the Georgia State Capitol building contains the offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and the General Assembly. The state’s Department of Education agency is also located in downtown and governs public education in Georgia.
Examining the level of federal bureaucracy, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) denote the presence of national government in the city. Atlanta also plays an important role in federal judiciary system, containing the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Beyond being home to a vibrant urban and suburban business community, Atlanta houses an active educational community made up of small community colleges, private colleges and universities, state-funded schools and schools offering career specialization. With more than 30 college and universities located in the metro area, Atlanta is considered a center for higher education. Georgia State University, for instance, is the largest college in the University System of Georgia and the location of CULTR. A major contributor to the revitalization of the city's central business district, this public research university is located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta and will house The Global Languages Leadership Meetings.