RALEIGH, NC – The 4th Annual Global Carolina Connections Conference on international investment will be held on August 18, 2016, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in Raleigh, NC. This year’s event will take place at the The State Club on the Centennial Campus of NC State University, and is co-hosted by Parker Poe Adams and Bernstein, Rödl & Partner, and Global Carolina Communications.

The conference, now in its fourth year, rotates locations between North and South Carolina. Last year’s event in Greenville, SC, was attended by more than 180 representatives of international manufacturers from throughout the two Carolinas. Executives from companies based in the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, France, Spain, China, and Italy assembled to address topics of increasing importance to foreign manufacturers operating in the region.

The choice to hold the conference in Raleigh was based on the area’s importance as a center of international business and research activity. “The Raleigh-Durham area – including the Research Triangle Park – has a global reputation as a center of world-class research, business, and manufacturing,” explains Global Carolina Communications Founder, Scott Burgess. “This year’s conference will showcase those strengths by hosting at North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus and by highlighting many of the public-private initiatives that have been so successful in the region.”

“The Triangle plays a critical role in attracting international investment to the Carolinas,” adds Sam Moses, conference co-organizer and Co-Chair of Parker Poe’s Business Investment & Incentives. “With the Triangle region giving more focus to initiatives to retain and grow globally owned businesses in the area, it’s perfect timing for the Global Carolina Connections Conference to be hosted there. Speakers from internationally owned businesses located around the Carolinas will converge upon Raleigh to discuss a variety of issues such as innovation partnerships, export strategy, site selection, immigration and tax issues – as those are considered some of the most important topics of interest for subsidiaries of internationally owned companies. This is an open and honest discussion about challenges that our foreign investors face and best practices to overcome such obstacles to growth in the future. Parker Poe is proud to be a presenting sponsor again this year.”

In addition to the planned panels, Global Carolina Connections 2016 will also feature speakers on a number of important issues, including The State of Foreign Investment in the Carolinas: Challenges & Opportunities by Mr. Steve Jast, President, Research on Investment, Montreal, Canada, as well as a look at Resources and Strategies for Foreign-Owned Companies Exporting from the Carolinas, presented by Mr. John Loyack, Vice-President, Global Business Services, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and Mr. Clarke Thompson, International Trade Director, South Carolina Department of Commerce.

“We are very excited about the growth of the conference, and we look forward to having this year’s conference in Raleigh, NC,” says Oliver Hecking, a co-organizer and partner at the Carolinas practice of Rödl & Partner, which has offices in Greenville and Charlotte. “We will have a great mix of relevant and current topics and were able to attract high-level speakers from the private and public sector to address topics from a business, as well as from a legislative perspective.”

For registration and sponsorship opportunities, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-global-carolina-connections-conference-on-international-investment-tickets-21587948134

For more information, contact Scott Evan Burgess at scott@gcbusinessjournal.com, or +1 (803) 338-1599.


About the Presenting Sponsors



Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has approximately 200 lawyers in seven offices located in major markets across North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The firm provides legal counsel to large commercial and public organizations on litigation, corporate and regulatory matters.

Since forming our international practice in the early 1980s, we have seen global business change along with the needs of our clients. Our creative, responsive, and aggressive legal strategies have grown to complement our broad portfolio of legal services. Our international clients include multinational, foreign, and domestic corporations based throughout the world in a wide variety of industry sectors, including automotive, manufacturing, telecommunications, biomedical, health care, software development, ecommerce, retail, energy, and financial services. From small, private companies investing in the Carolinas to public companies making acquisitions abroad, our clients benefit from our comprehensive legal services, extensive contacts, and depth of knowledge in the international business world.

To learn more, please visit www.parkerpoe.com, or contact Sam Moses, Partner, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein; e-mail: sammoses@parkerpoe.com; tel: +1 (803) 253-6842.



Rödl & Partner, a leading global professional services firm, provides you integrated audit, legal, tax, and business consulting solutions from its 102 wholly owned subsidiaries in 46 countries. Our clients benefit from a single point of contact approach that is designed to meet and exceed the needs of your domestic and globally operating businesses. Since our 1977 formation in Nuremberg, Germany, we have grown to more than 3,900 entrepreneurial professionals worldwide working with your success in mind. Our U.S. offices are in Atlanta (GA), Charlotte (NC), Greenville (SC), Chicago (IL), Birmingham (AL), Manhattan (NY), and Houston (TX).

We have specifically tailored our accounting, auditing, tax, and business consulting services to the unique needs of your foreign owned business in the United States. For the past 35-plus years, our core practice has been serving the accounting and tax needs of primarily German speaking and other foreign owned Mittelstand companies operating in the United States. As the preferred accounting, auditing, tax, and business consulting professional services firm of German speaking entities, our clients benefit from the extensive experience of our U.S-certified public accountants as well as our bilingual (German, Italian, Japanese, and other languages) staff of professionals, many whom also carry international certifications. To learn more, visit www.roedl.com/us, or contact Oliver Hecking, CPA, StB, Partner, Rödl & Partner; e-mail: oliver.hecking@roedlusa.com; tel: +1 (704) 376-2145.



Global Carolina Communications (GCC) provides a full range of custom collateral, marketing, and PR services to global enterprises throughout the Carolinas and beyond. GCC helps companies like yours reduce marketing spend, increase leads, and boost revenues. Our custom press releases, executive profiles, translations, and sales collateral are published on our Web site, the Global Carolina Business Journal, which receives 30,000 visits per month from more than 30 countries. This immediate exposure helps ensure that your message quickly reaches those who matter most: your end customers. Moreover, we showcase your company at our annual Global Carolina Connections conference, which is attended by global executives from a wide range of industries.

GCC’s success stories, case studies, and white papers provide your business development team with powerful third-party endorsements of your company’s products, strategies, and services. These highly effective sales tools give customers and prospects rapid, persuasive insight into how your company addresses or solves a particular industry issue or business challenge. GCC’s team of experts produces collateral for global OEMs including Daimler, Porsche, and T-Systems; multiple small to midsize suppliers in the automotive, aeronautics, and life sciences industries; as well as for internationally affiliated service providers such as the SC Department of Commerce and the Charleston Regional Development Alliance. To learn more, visit gcbusinessjournal.com, or contact Scott Burgess, Founder and CEO, Global Carolina Communications; e-mail: scott@gcbusinessjournal.com; tel: +1 (803) 338-1599.