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Trade promotion to Monterrey, Mexico nets results

The strategy with Mexico established by the City of Kansas City, Mo., continues to net results for the City. At a trade mission to Monterrey, Mexico, Sept. 24-26, these three new developments that will benefit Kansas City’s trade and tourism business were announced:

    Kansas City has been selected as the site for the North American International Trade Corridor Partnership Conference 2004 – 10th Anniversary Summit of Mayors and Annual Business Expo/Trade Conference, May 19-22, 2004. Approximately 500 delegates from Mexico, Canada and the United States are expected to attend.

    George Blackwood, former Mayor Pro Tem of Kansas City, Mo., was elected chairman of the Board of Directors of the NAITCP. Blackwood also is Kansas City’s representative to the International Board located in Mexico. Mayor Felipe Cantu of Monterrey was the previous chairman.

    NAITCP will open a satellite office in Kansas City at 1600 Baltimore Ave. Also at that location are the Kansas City, Missouri-Mexico Business and Trade Initiatives Corporation, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the trade and tourism offices of Guadalajara and Monterrey. The Mexican Consulate is on the first floor of the complex.

“This trade mission to Monterrey is an important part of our unique strategy with Mexico,” 2nd District-at-Large Councilwoman Bonnie Sue Cooper said.

The trade mission is part of the trade development program designed and developed by the Kansas City, Missouri-Mexico Business and Trade Initiatives Corporation.

“Our unique relationship with Mexico includes trade development through both inbound and outbound trade missions to and from Kansas City. This is all about accomplishing business results and job creation for our city,” Cooper added.

The mission was led by Councilwoman Cooper who was the mayor’s representative and is the president of the Kansas City, Missouri-Mexico Business and Trade Initiatives Corporation. Mayor Kay Barnes attended to lead a panel discussion. Councilwoman Becky Nace, 5th District-at-Large; and Councilwoman Deb Hermann, 1st District-at-Large, attended to meet with Mexican and Canadian officials including mayors and city councilmembers, chamber of commerce presidents, and economic development and tourism officials.

Kansas City delegates reported achievements that are creating additional jobs and income for their small businesses. The Kansas City delegates included 30 business, government and organizational representatives on the trade mission to Monterrey. They had the opportunity to meet with counterparts, business contacts and attend the NAITCP 2003 Annual Summit and North American Integration Conference.

Presidents and owners of small local businesses including Western Forms, Priority Logistics and Casa Chavez reported results and accomplishments of mission objectives. As part of Kansas City’s new Life Sciences Initiative with Mexico, 10 other companies were represented.

Kansas Citians featured as conference speakers included Mayor Barnes; Mike Haverty, chairman of Kansas City Southern; and Dr. Keith Gary, vice president of the Kansas City Area Life Science Institute.

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