Mayors from Dallas, Fort Worth lead trade mission to London, Paris, Brussels

Mike Rawlings, mayor of Dallas, and Betsy Price, mayor of Fort Worth, have announced they will lead a trade mission to London, Paris and Brussels to promote economic development, business opportunities and tourism throughout the DFW region, the mayors said.

The mission´s delegates will meet with government officials, business executives and local leaders to showcase the benefits of operating in DFW and the growing economic and commercial ties among the United Kingdom, Europe and the Texas cities.

The mayors said they continue to work with airline partners to provide more opportunities to enable commerce and connect people and cargo

North Texas is an international business and tourism hub, and a top U.S. metropolitan area for business expansions, relocations and growth. The U.K. and France combined are the largest foreign investors in Texas, with $6.7 billion in capital expenditures from 2011-2016, according to the latest figures from the governor´s office.

A thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, the Dallas-Fort Worth region fosters business growth and expansion. From large corporations to small startups, entrepreneurs from every background can find a home in what has become one of the nation´s most attractive areas.

About 200 British-owned companies operate U.S. or North American headquarters and other facilities in the Dallas and Fort Worth region. About 120 French companies operate in North Texas, as well. Those include Airbus Helicopters, Nestlé Waters and Schneider Electric.

The mission also will be emphasizing the role that international flights through DFW Airport play in bridging North Texas and the U.K. and France. The United Kingdom is DFW´s No. 1 source for overseas visitors. Also, bilateral trade with London and Paris is made possible through direct flights from DFW Airport.