Consulate General in Atlanta to open January 7
The Netherlands will open in Atlanta its fifth consulate general on January 7 2019. The new office will focus on strengthening the economic ties between the Southeastern US and the Netherlands.
Mr. Ard van der Vorst will serve as the first Consul General in Atlanta. A seasoned diplomat, Van der Vorst was stationed in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. This will be his second official posting in the US after working in San Francisco.
Van der Vorst sees key opportunities for economic collaboration and development. ‘The Netherlands in size may not be so big but it is a key global trading partner due to the way that it has organized its infrastructure,’ Van der Vorst says in Global Atlanta. Herein, he sees an opportunity for synergy, with both Atlanta and Amsterdam playing a role as aviation hubs and drawing in major corporate headquarters because of it, and with both the Southeast U.S. and the Netherlands serving as dynamic gateways to huge markets.
The new consulate will temporarily be located at 1175 Peach Street NE, 100 Colony Square, Suite 1206-1208, Atlanta, GA 30361.
The Netherlands consulate in Atlanta will serve Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Promoting our strong economic relationship
The opening of this office was years in the making and was spurred by the 2014 visit of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to Atlanta to promote the strong economic relationship between the Netherlands and the Southeastern US.
The Prime Minister announced the formal plans for the new diplomatic post when visiting President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. on July 2.
The new consulate will not provide consular services. Passport applications will continue to go through the Consulate General in Miami.
The Atlanta consulate joins Dutch consulates in Chicago, New York, Miami, and San Francisco, as well as an embassy in Washington, D.C.
Please follow the Netherlands Consulate General in Atlanta on Twitter @NLinAtlanta starting January 7.