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Memorial resident chairs Japan-Texas Economic Summit

May 1, 2018 GMT

Donna Cole, president of Cole Chemical and Distributing Co., is chair of the May 7-9 Japan-Texas Economic Summit at Marriott Marquis.

Cole, a Memorial resident, said, “As Chair of the Japan Texas Economic Summit, I am excited to help bring people together to explore business opportunities in Japan and in Texas.”

Business leaders, investors, state and local officials, and economic development organizations will explore opportunities for collaboration, expand their network and discuss how to further strengthen Japan-Texas relations

Cole said, “Japan is the leading major foreign director investor into Texas and has created the most jobs than any other country with over 400 Japanese companies. Texas has the 10th largest economy in the world, home to more than 50 Fortune 500 companies with 11 deep water ports, 16 Texas Sea ports, 28 border crossings, 32 foreign trade zones and the largest exporter of high tech products with $6.3 billion more than California and the top exporting state in the nation.

“As a board member of the U.S. Japan Council, whose goal is to increase relations between Japan and the United States through people-to-people connections, this Japan Texas Economic Summit exemplifies their mission,” Cole continued. “There is much to be gained by attending the Japan Texas Economic Summit as there are government officials and senior business executives from Japan and Texas to talk about their successes, industry trends and investment opportunities. Many cities and regions across the State of Texas are hosting hospitality rooms to share their economic development opportunities as well as government, non-profit and business resources available for participants to be fast tracked.”

After the highly successful Japan-Hawaii Economic Summit in 2017, the U.S.-Japan Council is honored to host its second regional summit in Texas. The Lone Star State is a leading destination for foreign direct investment from Japan, and boasts significant resources in fields like energy and medicine, as well as unique cities with distinct characteristics-many of them poised for collaboration with Japan.

This year’s summit will feature keynote addresses from prominent leaders from both countries, showcase Texas cities and their economic development opportunities, and focus on topics of importance to the Japan-Texas relationship, such as industry innovation, workforce development, energy, medicine, manufacturing, transportation, finance and national security. Visit https://bit.ly/2HxDywZ for more information, including featured speakers.

Visit http://www.usjapancouncil.org/japan_texas_economic_summit_media_registration for the summit schedule.