On February 5th - February 11th, SACIV welcomed ten international visitors from Colombia, Morocco, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, West Bank and Zimbabwe for an IVLP multi-regional project entitled “Global Economic Cooperation." This program aimed to provide participants with the opportunity to examine international economic cooperation in the context of the growth and integration of emerging markets into the global economy. They also had a chance to learn more about local economic development and revitalization; regional industries and rural economy; and the role and impact of chambers of commerce in San Antonio.
On Monday, our visitors met with representatives of Visit San Antonio, where they learnt about the significance of tourism in local economic development. They discussed the economic impact this local industry has on the region, as well as services and information available for the hospitality and tourism industry locally.
Later that day, our guests had a meeting with the President of J.Canavati & Co. LLC, where they heard about the company’s work to drive international business and foreign direct investment in the region and how they help customers navigate the nuances of the global marketplace. Mr. Canavati and guests agreed on one thing, that “this world is small and has so much in common to deal with and work on”. Thanks to this dialogue, many ideas were exchanged and experiences shared.
In the afternoon, our delegation met with the representatives of HEB. This meeting helped our visitors learn about the history and rapid growth of this company.
Friday morning began with a joint meeting with representatives of the Bexar County Economic Development and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF), who discussed local government efforts in economic and community development through global trade and investment. The IVLP guests also learned about the stimulating growth and employment efforts. The Executive Director of the Bexar County Development shared about current projects, specifically the Texas-Mexico Automotive SuperCluster (TMASC) which is designed to preserve and grow the vehicle manufacturing industry in the region. And the Executive Vice President of Global Development of SAEDF enthusiastically shared about the aims to lead the development and diversification of the San Antonio regional economy through the recruitment and expansion of quality employers and job producing investments.
Later that day, they met with a representative of Port San Antonio to hear about how this multi-purpose facility was established to serve as an aerospace complex, international airport, and industrial hub. The Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, shared with the delegation about their new vision and strategy to become the Tech Port San Antonio.
After lunch, they joined with representatives of UTSA’s Institute for Economic Development to learn about their unique centers and programs providing professional business advising, technical training, research, market analysis, and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders.
Over the weekend, the group enjoyed experiences such as a tour of the Hill Country and dinner with home hospitality hosts.
On Monday morning, the delegation started with a visit to Haven for Hope, where they learned about their expertise in providing a first-hand perspective of the importance of volunteerism in US society. Additionally, after a tour of the facility, the group spent an hour participating in a community service activity. It was a meaningful meeting which showcased the assistance individuals receive when they transition back to self-sufficiency to have productive, healthy lives.
During lunch time, the IVLP guests met with the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Council for International Visitors (SACIV) and President of Global Chamber San Antonio. This business lunch helped our guests explore more about the global economy and its effect on local businesses and communities.
In the afternoon, the delegation headed to the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce to meet with the Vice President of Economic Development. The discussion was mainly focused on the role and impact of a local chamber of commerce and the ways it lobbyings issues for the good of the community. Our guests learned about different examples in which they have improved the business climate and built opportunities for growth in San Antonio.
Throughout these appointments, these international visitors were able to learn about the challenges and success stories of local economic development and revitalization. All of the resources in San Antonio who are involved in the international economic cooperation of our region made the "Global Economic Cooperation" a successful program. #ExchangeMatters