Chief economic development officer for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, Al Wenstrand, will join 52 Colorado business leaders and Gov. John Hickenlooper on a 10-day, business trip to Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Istanbul and Tel Aviv, according to a news release from the RBA.
Hickenlooper said the purpose is to “engage business, political and thought-leaders to strengthen Colorado’s relationships and support our efforts in developing unique economic opportunities to create and retain jobs. Creating deeper ties between these countries and Colorado allows us to also promote our state’s innovative economy and business environment to potential foreign investors.”
Wenstrand will accompany the delegation on the Japan and China legs of the trip. He said he has several objectives as a member of the delegation: “First, I believe it is important for Colorado Springs to be seen with the governor and Colorado businesses on international trade events. Colorado Springs’ posture is one of being a partner with the state’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
“Organizations like the Metro-Denver EDC have been very active and will continue to be. Colorado Springs must also be represented to foreign investors, as the state’s second largest economy. Additionally, trips such as these bring awareness to our community being uniquely qualified to meet the needs of foreign businesses, where we would otherwise not even be on the menu.”
Also, at the request of Colorado Springs Utilities’ Chairman of the Board of Directors Andy Pico, “We will be representing Neumann Technologies promoting the scrubber technology in China,” Wenstrand said.
Three other Colorado Springs businesses are joining the delegation: dpiX, high-resolution digital imaging solutions for medical, industrial and military clients; X-IO Technologies, elite data storage devices; and #FDI Strategies, which helps U.S. businesses with international trade.