As summer approaches, the Chamber’s international events and initiatives are heating up with the weather. Last week, we co-hosted a delegation of officials and business leaders from Mexico City for four days of learning about Chicago’s business community, tech scene and economic development strategy. This was a tremendous opportunity to facilitate connections between local and Mexican companies and begin to position Chicago as the central hub for entrepreneurs and tech companies throughout North America.
Following the Mexico City delegation’s visit, the Chamber’s own Greg Stevens spoke with WBEZ on Friday of last week about what makes Chicago’s tech ecosystem so attractive and uniquely positioned to become the base for international tech firms in the U.S. You can listen to the audio of Stevens’ interview here
and check out Chicago Tribune’s coverage the Mexican delegation’s visit here.
On Friday, we hosted a luncheon in honor of H.E. Jalil Abbas Jilani, Ambassador of Pakistan to the U.S. (on right in photo), where almost 50 attendees from a variety of industries discussed business and investment opportunities between Pakistan and Chicago.
Tomorrow, the Chamber is hosting an EU panel
focused on how countries hit by the financial crisis plan to create a competitive model for future growth. Next week, the Chamber is co-hosting the China Gateway Cities and City of Chicago Trade and Investment Forum
featuring Mr. Zhang Xiangchen, China’s Assistant Minister of Commerce. Stay tuned for more Chamber events later this summer focused on assisting Chamber members and Illinois businesses gain access to global markets and international resources.
Theresa E. Mintle
President & CEO
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce