by Dave Moore, Staff Writer
The Dallas Regional Chamber is seeking thought leaders in transportation, innovative urban planners, and people engaged in weaving smart city tech into daily lives, for an upcoming trade mission to Canada.
Aside from the region’s expertise in smart technology, urban planning, and transportation, the June 11-17 mission to Toronto and Montreal will promote Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s expanding air service, the benefits of establishing national corporate operations in North Texas, and the Dallas Region as a tourism destination.
“Our trip will be led by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, and will allow us to share our story of the Dallas Region’s excellent business climate with executives of Canadian corporations and organizations,” said Sarah Carabias-Rush, head of the Chamber’s International Team.
The outreach to Canada follows on the heels of the Chamber’s November trade mission to Tokyo and Hong Kong, which involved more than 30 meetings with executives representing some of Asia’s largest corporations and trade groups. It also reinforces one of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s core priorities of recruiting new businesses to the area, while helping existing businesses continue to thrive and grow. More than 200 corporations from 40 countries have chosen Dallas-Fort Worth as their U.S. headquarters, or have substantial operations in the region. For more detailed information on international businesses operating in the region, click here to review the Chamber’s 2017 Economic Development Guide.
“On the international stage, not many people are aware that the Dallas Region is home to Toyota North America, which, aside from building cars and trucks, is engaged in building software and harnessing Big Data that will make driving safer and more efficient,” said Carabias-Rush. “Downtown Dallas’ Historic West End – where Dallas was born – is one of several U.S. test beds for integrating sensors and internet connectivity into public spaces. The Dallas Region is also home to some of the most advanced urban planners and transportation solutions firms in the world. These are just a few of the stories we want to share.”
The mission will also allow members of the delegation to learn about challenges and opportunities facing companies in Canada.
Mission eligibility restrictions
This mission is open, in priority order, to investors in the Building Tomorrow Together Fund, DRC members participating on the Board of Directors, members with strong professional connections to and a demonstrated interest in Canada as a business interest, and those with ties to the mission’s industries of focus (mobility, smart cities urban technology, and transportation). The DRC reserves the right to deny participation to those who do not meet these criteria, in order to allow for the participation of those who do.
To learn more, click here. Those interested in taking part need to confirm their interest no later than April 14.
Upcoming International Events:
Trade Opportunities with Hong Kong
Join the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office for a luncheon seminar on trade opportunities with Hong Kong under the new Belt and Road Initiative.
If you are considering expanding your business overseas, Hong Kong offers a great entry point to Asia. Consider learning more at this event on Friday, March 17th 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM at the Marriott Quorum Dallas Parkway. To register and for additional details, click here.
Economic Update: The Japanese Economy and Economic Reform
In a free webinar, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Chicago Chief Executive Director Ichiro Soné will update attendees on the state of the Japanese economy, and the status of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic reform agenda, also referred to as “Abenomics.”
Soné’s presentation will examine recent economic data and touch on the anticipated impact of the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo.
Soné will also describe the progress of structural reforms regarding corporate taxes; regulations governing regenerative medicine and health care; deregulation of Japan’s electricity and natural gas markets; and immigration reforms designed to attract more skilled foreign workers to Japan.
The webinar is set for Thursday, March 23 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. To register, click here.
Japan America Society – Sun & Star Legacy Award Dinner
The Dallas Fort Worth–Japan partnership is dynamic and experiencing fantastic growth. The Japan America Society of Dallas Fort Worth celebrates individuals and organizations fostering ties between our regions at its annual awards dinner. Key leaders in the community attend and are recognized.
In 2017, awards will be extended to ORIX Group Senior Chairman, Yoshihiko Miyauchi and Dallas-Sendai Committee Chair, Mike Berry. Honorary dinner hosts are Ambassador and Mrs. J. Thomas Schieffer.
The dinner will take place on Tuesday, April 4 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the Westin Galleria Dallas. To register and learn more, click here.
U.S. Japan Council – Tomodachi-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program
Applications due April 13
The U.S. Japan Council is currently recruiting 10 American and 10 Japanese young professionals from the public and private sectors to participate in the 2017 TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program. Designed to contribute to building a “TOMODACHI generation” of creative thinkers and driven doers who are invested in the future of U.S.-Japan relations.
To review the program requirements and learn more about it, click here. Applications are due Thursday, April 13.
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