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"Coble: International engagement essential to Columbia, SC economy"

The State

March 28, 2014

Attorney Bob Coble wrote an opinion/editorial that was published in Columbia's The State newspaper on March 28th.

Coble, who was re-elected this year as Chair of the Columbia World Affairs Council, detailed why "we need to be more economically integrated internationally."

An excerpt:

I believe it is very important for our own economic interests that Columbia and South Carolina be very engaged in world affairs. Our region and state are leaders in the global economy, and that means jobs here at home. In South Carolina, more than 540,000 jobs are supported by trade, and more than 100,000 people are employed by companies that are at least 50 percent foreign-owned. In the Columbia region there are more than 80 foreign companies, employing more than 18,000 people, representing more than 20 countries.

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Bob Coble is chair of Nexsen Pruet's Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Group for South Carolina.  He was Mayor of Columbia for 20 years and and established Sister City relationships with Kaiserslautern, Germany; Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Plovdiv, Bulgaria; Chelyabinsk, Russia; and Yibin, China. Coble led delegations from Columbia to visit those cities.