SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 28, 2014)—The City of San Antonio welcomed Governor Eikei Suzuki of Mie Prefecture in Japan and a state-level delegation to San Antonio on Wednesday, Aug. 27 to establish mutually beneficial economic relations between the two cities in the areas of aerospace, life sciences, automotive, information technology and sports. The delegation’s goal during the visit was to sign a letter of intent between the governments of Mie and the City of San Antonio to promote ongoing collaboration.
“San Antonio is a vibrant international city seeking new opportunities and partnerships,” said San Antonio Mayor Ivy R. Taylor. “We’re honored to host Gov. Suzuki and the delegation as we enter a new phase of our relationship. Both Mie Prefecture and the City of San Antonio have histories that reach back for centuries. This signed agreement affirms we will work together to reach for the advancements in science, business and humanity that the 21st century holds.”
The letter of intent was signed by Mayor Taylor, Gov. Suzuki and Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff on behalf of Bexar County Judge Nelson W. Wolff at an official event held in honor of the delegation. City Council members Rebecca Viagran, Ray Lopez and Ron Nirenberg attended the ceremony and were joined by Congressman Joaquin Castro, who serves as the co-chair of the Japan Caucus of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The 21-member delegation represented government officials, higher education and the private sector. As part of the exchange of ideas and exploration of collaboration opportunities, the delegation visited BioBridge Global, Free Trade Alliance, GDC Technics, Port San Antonio, the Southwest Research Institute, Toyota Motors Manufacturing of Texas, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Vutex. Meetings also took place with the San Antonio Sports Foundation and Spurs Sports & Entertainment.
“BioBridge Global is thrilled to help the City of San Antonio showcase the city’s burgeoning biomedical and regenerative medicine industries on the world stage,” said Linda Myers, CEO of BioBridge Global. “The Japanese delegation’s interest in touring BBG’s labs helps strengthen our standing as an international participant, allowing us to increase our ties abroad and providing the city additional opportunities for economic development in these fields.”
The visit was organized by the City’s International Relations Office as a direct result of a meeting then-Mayor Julián Castro had with the governor last fall in Japan.
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