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Chamber heads to trade mission in Mexico

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 by Katy McElroy

The leadership of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will visit the Mexican state of Jalisco later this month. On this Economic Development Trade Mission, representatives from the city of Austin and members of the business community will be joining the delegates from the chamber as they visit the cities of Guadalajara and Saltillo. They will meet with Arca Continental, which recently acquired Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages in Texas, and tour one of its beverage factories. “The trade mission to Guadalajara and Saltillo that the GAHCC is enabling will help to unite our regional economies further. We have been working very diligently on building commercial relationships between our chambers of commerce and diverse industries. This visit will prove to be one of the most successful in recent history, and I am honored to be part of this group,” Eduardo Contreras, the chair of the chamber’s International Committee, said in a press release. The visit to Saltillo coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Austin-Saltillo Sister Cities agreement, which was established in 1968 and has contributed to increasing growth in the tech industry in both markets. “Our joint resolve between Austin and Mexico is strong because of the mutual innovation we share in diverse business sectors,” said Luis A. Rodriguez, president and CEO of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “We must continue to grow international foreign direct investment in the Austin business community from our neighbors to the South. Together, we complement one another in history, culture, innovation and business practices. Our Mexican counterparts are ready to work with us on the international stage and our GAHCC mission, leadership, and membership are ready and willing to embrace them at multiple levels.”

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