FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (May 30, 2014) — The United States Ambassador to South Korea, Sung Y. Kim, hosted a business networking reception at his residence in Seoul with the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) on May 29.
Executives from Korean companies with U.S. operations, and representatives from companies considering expansion in the U.S., were invited to the event, which also has been planned by the Seoul office of the U.S. Commercial Service, part of the Department of Commerce.
As part of its international outreach, the FCEDA has maintained an office in Asia since 1997 and a Seoul office since 2005 to work with Korean companies in technology and other sectors interested in expansion in the U.S. Charles Kim directs the Seoul office.
More than 6,700 technology companies have a presence in Fairfax County, which is minutes from Washington, D.C., and offers sales and partnership opportunities with U.S. companies, the U.S. federal government and its contractors. More than 100 companies based in Asia, including almost 50 from Korea, are part of the Fairfax County business community.
For more information about the FCEDA’s international outreach visit www.fairfaxcountyeda.org/our-global-presence.
“It is a great honor and unique opportunity to be invited to Ambassador Kim’s home for this event that will benefit Korean companies interested in the U.S.,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the FCEDA. “This is a great example of how our Korean office benefits greatly from partnerships with Korean and U.S. governmental organizations and groups to build awareness of Fairfax County as a business location.”
President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Kim to be ambassador to South Korea in 2011. Prior to his appointment, he was the special envoy for the Six-Party Talks with the rank of ambassador. Before that, he headed the Office of Korean Affairs at the Department of State from August 2006 to July 2008. Ambassador Kim also served in a variety of positions in the East Asia Pacific region including overseas assignments in Seoul, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.
Ambassador Kim’s Washington assignments have included stints as a desk officer in the State Department’s Office of Chinese Affairs and Staff Assistant in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Kim worked as a public prosecutor in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Ambassador Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up in Los Angeles where he attended middle school and high school. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a degree in law from Loyola. He also holds a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics. He is married to Jae Eun and they have two daughters.
Time magazine called Fairfax County “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” Business growth and innovation helps Fairfax County fund the nation’s top-rated school system and other public services that contribute to the quality of life of residents. Fairfax County offers businesses a state of the art telecommunications infrastructure, access to global markets through Washington Dulles International Airport, a vibrant investment capital community and a highly skilled, well-educated workforce.
The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand in Fairfax County. FCEDA also maintains marketing offices in seven important global business centers: Bangalore, Boston, Munich, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv.