City of San Antonio Economic Development

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San Antonio to Promote City’s International Business Opportunities to Over 60 Countries in Washington D.C.

SAN ANTONIO (March 19, 2015)— San Antonio, ranked one of America’s fastest-growing cities by Forbes, whose economy is home to robust bioscience, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity and other advanced industries, will be represented at the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, DC, from March 23 to 24.

The SelectUSA Investment Summit will bring together more than 2,500 participants from 60 countries including France, Germany, China, Japan and Canada. The latter are countries identified as key international trade partners for the city through the San Antonio Trade and Investment Strategy, a comprehensive analysis completed in partnership with the Brookings Institution’s Global Cities Initiative program.

“The Investment Summit is a cost-effective way for San Antonio to engage the world,” said Tom Long, EVP of Business Recruitment at the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. “San Antonio has been recognized by Forbes as America’s new ‘Capital of Influence’ for its diverse and skilled workforce, central location in the United States, rich culture, and close proximity to Mexico. We want to use the Summit as a means of showing the world that San Antonio is the best international business location in Texas.”

San Antonio has already attracted foreign domestic investment from more than 30 countries around the world, specifically from companies such as Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Japan; Ercam Trackers, Spain; KACO New Energy, Germany; Season Group, Hong Kong; Nexolon, South Korea; and Maruchan, Japan.

Delegates from five regional economic development organizations will be present to highlight the strategic support they provide, individually and as a team, to new industries seeking to establish new operations and grow in San Antonio, including selecting an ideal site, identifying and developing a strong workforce, marketing their products and accessing incentives and other public support.

The delegation includes members from the City of San Antonio, the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Texas International Business Accelerator, Port San Antonio, and Brooks City Base. Bexar County is a supporting partner and will not be present with the delegation.

Sha-Rone V. Caffie-Reyes of Brooks City Base added that “coupled with our Regional EB-5 program, we view the Summit as a critical step towards propelling San Antonio to the forefront of the international stage from a location and investment perspective.”

Attendees of the SelectUSA Investment Summit are welcome to visit the San Antonio delegation booth (#611) at the Main Expo Hall of the Gaylord Convention Center.

For more information about the San Antonio delegates attending 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit visit www.insa.us/SelectUSA.

The San Antonio SelectUSA Delegates:

City of San Antonio

Bexar County

San Antonio Economic Development Foundation

UTSA Texas International Business Accelerator

Port San Antonio

Brooks City Base

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