Press Release: Russian Delegation Visits Chambers County, Alabama

on July 20, 2012


On Tuesday, July 3, 2012, Chambers County welcomed six Russian delegates from Moscow. CCDA Executive Director Valerie Gray, Lanett Mayor Oscar Crawley, Valley City Councilman O’Neal Shaw, and Chambers County Commissioner Debbie Wood were among the local leaders to welcome the group. Members of the delegation included Andrey Alaev, Olesya Belenkaya, Mayor Alexander Glazkov, Alexandra Ignatyeva, Dina Lobodanova, and Alexander Turkov. Along with these delegates were two interpreters Nadia Brunstein and Elena Bell.

The group arrived in Birmingham, Alabama on Thursday, June 28, 2012, and Chambers County was the last of their stops. The day started off with lunch at the Heart of the South Restaurant, and then proceeded with the tours of some of our most successful industries in Chambers County. The reason for their visit was to learn about approaches to solve one-industry town social issues. Communities represented by the delegation are in similar situations as the Greater Valley Area was when the textile industry began its decline. Kia Motors Manufacturing of Georgia, MeadWestvaco, Daedong Hi-Lex, and AJIN USA gladly toured guests around their facilities and fielded questions ranging from best practices to cultural problems that may have been encountered during the process.

The delegates were most interested in learning about how our economy recovered from the loss of Chambers County’s primary industry and what the county leadership did to create incentives for new businesses to enter Chambers County. They also learned how important relationships and partnering with organizations are. By Chambers County partnering with the Local Program by International Services Council of Alabama, it not only shows that Alabama and Chambers County are pro-business, but that this partnership may lead to future projects in development. The county members hope the delegates were able to take away knowledge from this visit that they can use in their own communities to recover from the loss of their primary industry.

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