Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hosting the Italians

PCG recently had the honor of hosting a group of southern Italian businessmen and women who were touring the United States as part of the State Department International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The program, which began during Franklin Roosevelt’s administration, has brought hundreds of thousands of foreign professionals to the United States to learn about the American way of doing business and to meet new friends and potential colleagues. Many future leaders, including Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Margaret Thatcher of Great Britain, participated at one time.

We were happy to meet them for many reasons. One owns a solar photovoltaic company and is having trouble with siting issues, despite Italy’s push to develop more renewable energy. Another participant is an architect who produces major events and exhibits, and we were delighted when he admired our offices. They brought along two translators, so we had a chance to practice the pace of simultaneous translation – good for a firm like ours that’s doing more international business.

After visiting us, the group left D.C. for stops in Silicon Valley, Sacramento, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Albany and New York City before heading home. We wish them well – and if any of them becomes prime minister of Italy, we’ll be sure to let you know.


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  2. Thanks Gabe, that's good to know. Looking at it, it looks like it would be along the lines of App Engine - creating a custom app with the soul purpose of serving static files. Is that a fair assessment?