Building business in our region: the partnership hosts international trade commissioners.

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During the North American International Auto Show, the Detroit Regional Economic Partnership hosted 14 international trade commissioners from Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Hungary, Indonesia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, South Africa and Taipei. Trade commissioners promote trade and investment between their countries and the U.S., and these countries represent a good balance of leading and advanced markets, as well as fast emerging ones.

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The theme for this year's visit was innovation and the strengths of the Detroit Region's business and talent. The message delivered was that our region possesses a strong automotive engineering presence a strong engineering and advanced manufacturing skills. This existing base and new growth present great opportunities for business worldwide that are looking to establish a market in North America and become global players.

At a breakfast briefing in Livonia, John Carroll, executive director, Detroit Regional Economic Partnership, stressed the importance of building relationships with business in our region. These relationships provide opportunities to grow in the North American market, a critical strategic component of any company that wishes to be global. Carroll quoted business leaders from around the world that have expressed how important the Detroit Region is in their companies' respective global plans.

The Detroit Region, home to over 1,000 foreign based companies, is already one of the most global regions in the U.S. expounding on that, Dean Johnson, senior director, Global Business Development, Detroit Regional Economic Partnership, described the...

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