The mayors of Dallas and Fort Worth will be leading a trade mission to Canada next week that will include discussions on smart cities technology, urban planning, and sustainable mobility in growing markets.
The team led by mayors Mike Rawlings of Dallas and Betsy Price of Fort Worth will be in Canada from June 11-16.
The main focus of the trip is to promote international trade, business opportunities, and tourism in North Texas, according to a release from the city of Fort Worth.
LARGE CONTINGENT WILL JOURNEY TO CANADA
“We are looking to strengthen our business ties with regions that have become critical partners to the DFW economy,” Rawlings said in the release. “This trip is another key step in understanding those needs and cultivating those long-term relationships.”
“We are looking to strengthen our business ties with regions that have become critical partners to the DFW economy.”
Comprising the delegation along with the mayors, will be Dallas Fort Worth Airport Board Chairman Sam Coats and senior airport executives, as well as representatives of the Dallas Regional Chamber, the Fort Worth Chamber, Visit Dallas, the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau and others, including senior leadership from Axxess Technologies, Bell Helicopter, Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, Dallas Innovation Alliance, Dunaway Associates, NEC Corp. of America, North Texas Commission, Texas Central Partners, and Uber Technologies.
The delegation will get a Montreal Smart Cities tour, in which officials will share their experiences in the smart cities initiative.
The initiative provides a framework for transformative projects that affect every aspect of our lives, including infrastructure, public services, or social issues.
The Smart and Digital City Office in Montreal targets five main areas of activity — urban mobility, direct services to citizens, quality of life, the democratic process, and economic development, according to a release.
Among the meetings planned for the delegation is one with Dominique Anglade, Quebec’s minister of Economy, Science, and Innovation. She was in Dallas last year to discuss trade and to take note of the opening of offices in the West End for the innovative Canadian truck company, C.A.T. Inc.