by Dave Moore, Staff Writer
The Dallas Regional Chamber’s international team has been busy expanding the organization’s business footprint, holding meetings with business leaders in London and Paris in September, while planning another mission to Asia this fall.
DRC economic development team members Sarah Carabias-Rush and Margaret Selid led a business development mission with regional economic development professionals including Fort Worth, Frisco, Irving, McKinney and Richardson to London and Paris, Sept. 11-15.
The delegation engaged with 17 different companies and corporate location influencers during the trip. Additionally, the team had the chance participate in three opportunities of aggregators of large audiences: The CoreNet Global Annual EMEA Conference, the Association of British Healthcare Industries U.K. Market Conference and the London, and Partners North American Task Force.
On Sept. 14, members of the delegation gave a presentation to interested medtech companies attending the annual U.K. Market Conference of the Association of British Healthcare Industries (AHBI) in London. The team – which has been working with association members in supporting their expansion into the Dallas Region – also met with the organization’s leadership, in advance of the meeting which included a short discussion with Lord James O’Shaughnessy, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and a Government Whip (Lord in Waiting).
O’Shaughnessy later addressed conference attendees, noting: “I would like to recommend a trip to Dallas,” he said, remarking upon the region’s entrepreneurial spirit, adding, “It’s not what you might expect, especially if you were raised on ‘Dallas’ and Southfork Ranch.”
The United Kingdom and France are among the top trading partners with the U.S., and the Dallas Regional Chamber is working to expand business connections with companies in those nations. While in London, the Dallas group also attended the CoreNet Global conference, which focuses on commercial real estate best practices.
The DRC team is also set to join Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and regional leaders from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Visit Dallas, the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, and regional business leaders on a mission to Shanghai, China, and Seoul, South Korea. The trip, set for Oct. 14-20, aims to raise our region’s profile as a destination for business expansions, investment, tourism and conventions all while promoting Dallas Fort Worth International Airport as a great point of entry for travelers and cargo to the United States and Latin America.
The team expects to build upon the success of the November 2016 outreach trip to Tokyo and Hong Kong by leaders from the cities of Fort Worth and Dallas, the DRC, and from several businesses.
For more information on the mission, please reach out to Melissa Maguire.
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