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W. Ford Graham elected president of the Council of American States in Europe

CASE assists foreign companies in locating in the U.S.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Council of American States in Europe (CASE) is announcing the recent election of Ford Graham as president of the council.

In addition to Graham’s election, Richard Price, director of the Mississippi Europe office, was elected the new vice president and Sharon L. Stead, director of the Illinois Europe Office, as treasurer.

CASE includes 15 U.S. states with full time offices in Europe. The council provides information and identifies potential partners for companies planning to establish or expand their business in the U.S. CASE also helps European companies find ideal production sites and research facilities free of charge, and is funded by the economic development operations of individual state governments.

Graham currently leads South Carolina’s Europe office in Munich. South Carolina is home to approximately 800 European-owned operations, and the Munich office assists companies in establishing, relocating and expanding business operations in the Palmetto State.

“Having Ford Graham in this leadership role with the council will further increase South Carolina’s visibility and will continue solidifying our presence in Europe,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

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