Atlanta is home to a large, thriving diplomatic corps. More than 70 foreign governments maintain consular offices and/or trade representation in Atlanta. Prior to the 1996 Olympic Games, Atlanta had only 38 consular offices. This rapid growth is an active recognition by foreign governments that Atlanta is the center of the Southeastern economy and a growing international gateway.
The primary focuses of these offices are to a) develop economic, commercial, scientific and cultural relations between the country they represent and the area in which they serve, and b) safeguard the interests of the sending country and its citizens traveling or residing in their consular district.
More than a dozen foreign governments have operations in Atlanta to promote trade between their countries/regions and Georgia and the Southeast U.S. In some cases the trade promotion work is handled from within the countries’ consular offices, while others maintain independent trade offices.