The Greater Savannah International Alliance “GSIA” advances Greater Savannah’s position as a global community by fostering international relationships and initiatives that benefit the region through commerce, culture, tourism and education.
GSIA provides a forum for identifying and addressing locally relevant international opportunities, act as a community resource and advise the Mayor and City Council, and undertake and/or participate in activities and initiatives. GSIA focuses on achieving the following goals:
- Greater Savannah is recognized worldwide as a desirable city and region for international commerce, culture, education, and tourism.
- International firms, workers, visitors, and residents feel welcome and able to access the resources of the region.
- Greater Savannah’s international initiatives and partnerships in commerce, culture, tourism, education, and international assistance are strengthened through concerted action and support of the GSIA.
- Within Greater Savannah there is an awareness and appreciation of our international roles, resources and activities, and recognition of the contributions and achievements of our international community.
2014 GSIA ALLIANCE MEMBERS
Dr. James Anderson, (Chair), AASU
Mr. Denis Blackburne, Woda Group, Inc.
Mr. R. Mitchell Bush, Bush Insurance Agency
Mr. Dominique Doms, SiRuDo, Realty, Inc.
Mr. Justin Goddchaux, World Affairs Council
Ms. Araceli Harper, Savannah Latina, Inc.
Mr. Francis X. Hayes, Meddin Studios
Ms. Maria Lancaster, Savannah Bee Company
Mr. Stratton Leopold, Leopold's Ice Cream
Dr. Mohamed Haji Mukhtar, SSU
Mr. J'miah Nabawi, Global Arts Education
Ms. Adriana Oliveira
Ms. Leigh Ryan, World Trade Center - Savannah
Mr. James Scott, (1st Vice Chair) Retired
Mr. Richard Shinhoster,(2nd Vice Chair) Dispora Market
Mr. Joseph Steffen, SSU Legal Counsel
Ms. Pamela Terekhova (Secretary)
Mr. George Woods, (Treasurer) Lifecycle Construction
Dr. Malik Watkins, UGA
CITY OF SAVANNAH
Mary Ellen Sprague, 4th District Alderwoman
Savannah City Council
MarRonde A. Lumpkin-Lotson, MPA, IEDC
Office of International Affairs and Governmental Relations