If you are ever in downtown Decatur and run out of change for the parking meter, you will experience first hand the results of a trade mission to Eastern Europe that brought back tangible results.
Krista Altok Tassa is a first generation Estonian-American who lives in New York. She took a group of businessmen on a trade mission to Estonia in 2006 as part of her work with the Estonian American Chamber of Commerce. She set up meetings with executives at Now! Innovations - a “digital permitting” company. It develops systems that allow customers to use their cell phones to pay for parking, tickets to concerts, public transit and toll road fees.
(Global Atlanta, November 11, 2008)
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From Estonia to Decatur: Parking Meters and Trade