Moderator’s introduction

Today's moderator: Rick Badie

Rick Badie joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as an education reporter in 1997. A South Georgia native, he’s covered the region’s immigrant communities, was a feature obituary writer and opinion columnist for the AJC’s Gwinnett edition. He is a moderator of conversations on the AJC's Atlanta Forward page.

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In August, Gov. Nathan Deal lead a business, trade and tourism mission to Asia, accompanied by a delegation of state officials and business leaders. Today, an executive and state official who partook in the trip write about this region’s budding relationship with what’s considered the world’s fastest-growing economy.

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