Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger was in Turkey last week on a trade mission sponsored by the Atlanta-based Istanbul Center in conjunction with the Turkish-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast United States.
A Gwinnett County chamber official last year introduced Blechinger to representatives of the Turkish organizations, and she accepted their invitation to participate in this year’s economic development exchange.
“They have an annual program to do an exchange of elected officials,” said Nick Masino, the Gwinnett chamber’s vice-president of economic development. “They come here with elected officials, and we send elected officials there. The mayor of Norcross went last year. You go all day, all night, meeting with dignitaries and visiting both cultural centers and governmental institutions.”