Greater Savannah International Alliance

Description:

Purpose. The purpose of the Greater Savannah International Alliance herein referred to as “Alliance” or “GSIA” will advance Greater Savannah’s position as a global community by fostering international relationships and initiatives that benefit the region through commerce, culture, tourism and education.

Goals. The GSIA will act as a community resource and advise the Mayor and City Council, provide a forum for identifying and addressing locally relevant international opportunities, and undertake and/or participate in activities and initiatives. GSIA will focus on achieving the following goals:

a. Further Greater Savannah’s recognition worldwide as a desirable city and region for international commerce, culture, education and tourism.

b. Identify resources to assist international firms, workers, visitors and residents to feel welcome.

c. Support Greater Savannah’s international initiatives and partnerships.

The Alliance shall be an advisory body to the Mayor and Aldermen concerning international activities and opportunities affecting the City of Savannah and surrounding communities. It shall submit its findings to the Mayor and Aldermen through the city manager.

Membership/Appointment:

The Alliance shall consist of not more than thirteen (13) members, all of whom shall be approved by vote of the Mayor and Aldermen.

The term of office for each member of the Alliance shall be three (3) years. Alliance members shall not serve for more than two (2) consecutive three (3) year terms.

Min. Requirements:
The members of the Greater Savannah International Alliance shall be a demographically broad representation of the community and economy in the Savannah Metropolitan Area with an interest in international issues. Priority will be given to applicants who have served on the GSIA Advisory Board. Applicants shall have one or more of the following qualifications: 

a. be active in local or community affairs; 

b. have background knowledge or experience related to international affairs, activities or commerce and/or the international linkages (current and potential) of the Savannah Metropolitan Area; 

c. have specific skills or knowledge that would assist the work of the Greater Savannah International Alliance; or 

d. have unique skills and a demonstrably strong interest in representing Savannah to international groups/individuals.

Term:
The term of office for each member of the Greater Savannah International Alliance shall be three (3) years, and no member shall serve for more than two consecutive, three (3) year terms.

Current Members Appointed by the City of Savannah:

MEMBER

APPOINTMENT

TERM ENDING

Edwin M. Hodges
Vice Chair

12/06/18(R)

12/31/21

James N. Anderson
EDUCATION

11/09/17

12/31/20

Mehmet Ergul

11/09/17

12/31/20

Dr. Nalanda Roy, PhD
EDUCATION

12/06/18(R)

12/31/21

Jose de Arimateia da Cruz
EDUCATION

12/06/18(R)

12/31/21

James Hall

06/21/18

12/31/21

Alfonso Ribot

06/21/18

12/31/21

Mr. Lynn Pitts

07/19/18

12/31/21

Dr. Doris Cope

12/06/18

12/31/21

Benn Bongang

12/06/18

12/31/21

Mark Linsky
EDUCATION

12/06/18

12/31/21

Mindy Shea
CULTURE/TOURISM

12/06/18

12/31/21

Molly Swagler
EDUCATION

12/06/18

12/31/21

Denis Blackburne

Honorary Consul General to France and Germany

Ex-Officio


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For more information, please contact:

Manuel Dominguez, Office of Business Opportunity Director
P.O. Box 1027
Savannah, GA 31402
912-651-3653
email