by Dave Moore, Staff Writer
A delegation of 33 business leaders from across the Dallas Region held dozens of meetings and answered countless questions about North Texas’ business climate and quality of life during their mission to Shanghai and Seoul, Oct. 16-20.
“The people of Asia are curious about the Dallas Region, and they asked countless questions about our tax system, our way of doing business and even the lifestyle here,” said Sarah Carabias-Rush, Vice President of Economic Development at the Dallas Regional Chamber. “While many have heard of our region, their understanding of who we are is limited to perceptions that are quite outdated and more closely resemble the Dallas of J.R. Ewing.”
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport spearheaded organizing the trip to raise the profile of the airport and the Dallas Region as a destination for Chinese and Korean corporate operations as well as promote the area as a travel destination. The delegation:
The mission delegation included members of the Dallas Fort Worth Airport Board of Directors as well as representatives of the Dallas Regional Chamber, the Fort Worth Chamber, VisitDallas, the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau and others.
The business delegation was joined by senior leaders from American Airlines, Axxess, Civitas Capital Group, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Estrada Hinojosa & Co., International Leadership of Texas, Jackson Walker LLP, NorthPark Center, the Overseas Korean Trade Association – Dallas and Wild Oats Marketplace. The Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce also supported the trade mission.
Nineteen Korean-owned companies already have significant operations in the region, including Asiana Airlines, Hyundai, KIA, LG and aforementioned Samsung. Korea is Texas’ fifth-largest export market ($7 billion), behind Mexico, Canada, China and Brazil. It is also Texas’ fourth-largest import market ($7 billion), behind Mexico, China and Canada.
Roughly 31 Chinese-owned companies operate U.S. or North American headquarters and other facilities in the Dallas Region, including AZZ, DerbySoft, Huawei, NGC, TaoTao, Veri Silicon and ZTE.
The October trip furthered the Dallas Regional Chamber’s mission of raising the region’s profile abroad and recruiting businesses to the Dallas Region.
Consular Corps Summit
January 22-23, 2018 | Multi-Day
*Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price are hosting the Consuls General and their staff that serve the Dallas-Fort Worth region from their offices in Dallas, Houston, Miami and New Orleans, to showcase the region and promote the opportunities for international companies, expatriates, and tourists. The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, in partnership with the Dallas Regional Chamber and Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, are planning this familiarization event. The presenting sponsor is Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. If you are interested in sponsoring and attending, please click here to learn more. To register, click here.
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Tuesday, December 5 | 3:00 – 4:00 PM
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Mexico Energy Regulatory Commission Workshop
Friday, December 8 | 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
SMU Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum, 3140 Dyer Street, Dallas, TX 75205
*This event is hosted by the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos Energy Committee.
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