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Birmingham City Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson Participating in 37th Annual Joint Meeting of the Associations in Tokyo Japan

Photo Sep 19, 9 44 44 AMCouncil President Pro Tem Jay Roberson is continuing his efforts to strengthen international relationships for the City of Birmingham. He is currently representing the City of Birmingham at the 2014 Southeast U.S. Japan Association Conference (SEUS/Japan). This prestigious event is held annually to bring government officials and business leaders together from the Southeastern U.S. to meet with their counterparts in Japan. During the meeting delegates will discuss ideas for trade and investment amongst both public and private sectors.

“I believe this is a great and noble opportunity to represent not only the Birmingham City Council, but also the citizens in our communities,” Council Pro Tem Roberson said. “Our economy can benefit greatly from meetings of this nature, and it is my hope that this conference will ultimately create jobs through international relationship building.”

This year’s program will include remarks and presentations by top executive and government leaders, representing the most significant aspects of the economic relationship. Delegates will have the opportunity to attend sessions on: “Competitiveness: Succeeding in a New Global Market,” “Shale Gas & Alternative Energy Deliverables & Technology” and “Security Issues in the Pacific/Impact on Relationship with Japan.”

Councilor Roberson’s participation in the conference will also prove beneficial, as Birmingham will play host to the conference next year. The 2015 conference will be allow Birmingham to showcase city assets to all of the states and countries represented in the SEUS association.


Established in 1975, the Southeast U.S./Japan Association (“SEUS/Japan”) promotes trade, investment, understanding and friendship between Japan and seven member states of the Southeastern U.S., including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, and delegates from both the private and public sectors. The Tokyo-based counterpart organization is the Japan-U.S. Southeast Association, composed of Japan’s top business leaders and government officials. A joint conference of the two associations, attracting hundreds of business and government officials from both sides, is held annually with locations alternating between Japan and the Southeastern U.S. each year.

For more information on the conference, please contact the Office of Council Pro Tem Jay Roberson at 205.254.2418. For media inquiries. please contact Birmingham City Council Public Information Officer Chiara Morrow 205.908.7392.