Richardson Mayor's Office of International Business hosts 34 delegations in 2013
February 7, 2014
The Mayor’s Office of International Business hosted 34 foreign delegations in Richardson in 2013. The delegations represented 30 different countries and more than 75 foreign company executives, local foreign government officials, investors and educational officials. In addition, three Ambassadors to the U.S. visited Richardson representing Japan, Rwanda and Tanzania. Four Consul Generals to the State of Texas and their trade and investment staff also visited Richardson representing Japan, UK/Scotland, Canada and Indonesia. All visitors to the city received economic development presentations and marketing materials for consideration of future foreign direct investment in the city.
Richardson City Council and officials with French visitors
Director of the Mayor’s Office of International Business Mike Skelton conducted two overseas economic development trips in 2013, including a combined trip to Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress Conference and southern France cities of Marseilles and Nice (the Telecom Valley of France). A second trip was made to Brazil to attend the International Association of Science Parks (IASP)/Areas of Innovation annual conference in Recife. He then visited the city of Rio de Janeiro as the guest of Rio City Council Member Mr. Eliseu Kessler. Skelton also attended the Select USA Investment Summit in Washington DC and the Texas Secretary of State Consular Corp Reception in Austin, Texas.