Atlanta’s Only Global Business News Source Wins Presidential Export Service Award

More than 20 years after its founding, Global Atlanta, the only news source covering the city’s rise as an international business center, has been honored with a national award for export service. 

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Global Atlanta Publisher Phil Bolton and Editor Trevor Williams with the President’s “E” Award for Export Service at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., May 28. The “E” Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

Global Atlanta is a news website providing information on trade, global business, education and foreign investment, as well as the city’s only curated and consolidated calendar of international events. It was one of 10 “E” Award for Export Service winners nationwide this year and became one in just a handful of news outlets among the 2,500 exporters and service providers that have received E Awards since 1962. 

Before the 1996 Olympics put Atlanta on the world's map, Global Atlanta was at the vanguard of what still remains a news innovation: covering international business from a local perspective. The news source remains a catalyst for events in Atlanta and the sole hub of the international business community, publishing journalistically vetted information on tangible export leads, inbound and outbound trade delegations and trade policy changes.

"Global Atlanta has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The 'E' Awards Committee was very impressed with Global Atlanta’s vital role in supporting international trade in the Atlanta community,” said Secretary Pritzker. "The company’s work to develop the Africa Atlanta 2014 initiative was also particularly impressive. Global Atlanta’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs."

Publisher, Founder and President Phil Bolton said Global Atlanta’s unique model has allowed it to be both a participant and observer in the development of Atlanta’s export consciousness. 

"When our company was first launched, exports were generally a concern of the multinationals, or ‘multilocals' as Coca-Cola used to say,” Bolton said. "The small- to medium-sized companies wondered why they should export when there always was plenty of demand within U.S. borders. But today, as overseas opportunities are blooming, exports play an important role in the country’s recovery. It’s gratifying to be honored by the president and the commerce secretary for realizing the important role of exports early on." 

U.S. exports of goods and services hit an all-time record of $2.3 trillion in 2013. Nationally, jobs supported by exports reached more than 11 million last year, up 1.6 million since 2009. Launched earlier this month, NEI/Next, a new phase of President Obama’s National Export Initiative, works to boost economic growth and support additional American jobs by assisting more U.S. companies of all sizes in exporting to more markets across the globe.

President Kennedy revived the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America's exporters. The “E” Award Program was established by Executive Order 10978 on December 5, 1961. Criteria for the award is based on four years of successive export growth and case studies which demonstrate valuable support to exporters resulting in increased exports for the company’s clients.

U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Award for Export Service through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration, which has offices in 108 U.S. cities and more than 70 countries to help U.S. exporters.

A total of 65 U.S. companies were presented with the President’s “E” Award this year.

Global Atlanta was one of a strong contingent E Award winners from the state of Georgia, including Sasco Chemical and Nordson Swainsboro, which won the E Award for Exports; the Metro Atlanta Chamber, which also won the E Award for Export Service; and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, which became the only organization ever to win a second E Star Award for continued export service. 


Global Atlanta was the pioneer in covering international business from a local perspective. A digital news service with an editorial update and comprehensive digest of international events published weekly, Global Atlanta tracks how local companies are engaging with the global economy and how foreign enterprises are fueling Atlanta's rise as an international business center. Readers receive a steady stream of articles on cross-border business, education, culture and trade with a focus on actionable content.


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