World Trade Center Savannah (WTCSav) hosted its annual Prosperity Through Trade Luncheon with former 1st Chief Market Intelligence Officer Andrew Busch as the keynote speaker.

During the luncheon, WTCSav presented the World Trade Center Savannah International Business of the Year Award to International Paper of Chatham County. International Paper is a leading global supplier of renewable fiber-based products. The company employs approximately 38,000 individuals globally with net sales of $21.2 billion in 2022. To learn more about International Paper, watch this video.

Sponsored by Georgia Southern University, the award is given annually to a regional company demonstrating excellence in international trade. This award is presented to encourage and recognize exemplary corporate leadership for international business or trade that advances relations between the U.S. and other nations as well as creates quality jobs in the region.

This event serves to highlight global economic development in the region and to showcase the activities of WTCSav and the successes of its 15 economic development authority partners in the Southeast Georgia region.

Thank you to Georgia Ports Authority for being the 2023 platinum sponsor, to Georgia Southern University for being the presenting sponsor, to AT&T for being the 2023 global sponsor and to this year’s additional sponsors including Bank of Newington, BankSouth, City of Savannah, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Intermodal Cargo, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Savannah Hilton Head International Airport, Anatolia, Bonitz of Georgia, D.J. Powers, Daniel Reed Hospitality, Express Employment Professionals, First Chatham Bank, Foram Group, Greenland Developers, Hunter Maclean, Hylant, International Longshoremen’s Association – Local 1414, International Paper, J.L. Williamson Law Group, LLC, JIT Logistics, National Office Systems, Port City Logistics, Renasant Bank, Resource & Land Consultants, Savannah Convention Center, Savannah Technical College, SouthState Bank, Sterling Seacrest Pritchard, The Kennickell Group, United Community Bank.