WHO ARE WE?
Georgia International & Maritime Trade Center Authority
The Georgia International & Maritime Trade Center Authority is an instrumentality of the state of Georgia created as an Act of the 1995/1996 Sessions of Georgia General Assembly. The Act authorizes such authority to acquire, construct, equip, maintain, and operate projects or undertakings embracing buildings and facilities to be used for trade shows, for marketing import and export trade and other trade activities and conferences in connection therewith, and for conferences, amusement, or educational purposes, fairs, expositions, exhibitions, or marketing in connection therewith.
The Authority shall consist of the following membership: one member appointed by each member of the Georgia General Assembly representing a portion of Chatham County; one member appointed by the majority vote of the Board of Commissioners of Chatham County; one member appointed by the majority vote of the mayor and aldermen of the City of Savannah; and the President of the Savannah Area Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, who shall serve ex officio and shall have a vote.
Savannah International Trade & Convention Center
In accordance with the above Act the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center (SITCC) was built to support the goals of the Authority to enhance the economic and tourism environment for Savannah, Chatham County and the state of Georgia. Opening for operations in June 2000, one of the initial international events was the utilization of the SITCC as the media center for the G-8 Summit. Since then the center has hosted a myriad of events encompassing major convention conferences, trade shows, meetings and athletic events. The facility was initially managed by SMG, a worldwide entertainment and convention venue management company under contract with the Authority. In April 2014 the Authority contracted with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority to assume management of the facility.
The Atlanta-based Georgia World Congress Center Authority owns and operates the Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park, and has oversight of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which combine to form the No. 1 convention, sports and entertainment destination in the world.