Richardson mayor meets with Canadian representatives

Mayor Paul Voelker met recently with Canadian officials to discuss Richardson’s high-tech roots and technology sector focus.

Facilitated by the chamber, Voelker met with the new Canadian Acting Consul General Douglas George and Canadian consul for Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service Vasken Khabayab. 

Other topics included impacts of the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on trade between the two countries and educational partnerships. Ongoing conversations will likely include an educational partnership at the university level.

In March, Mike Skelton, vice president, mayor's office of international business, hosted Japanese business executives and leaders of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to discuss the next steps in the J GoodTech business matching program. 

J GoodTech was launched in Richardson last year to help small and medium Japanese enterprises (SMEs) identify American companies to help them expand their business into the US. The group also met with members of the organization TMAC (Technical Management Assistance & Consulting) from Arlington to further develop matchmaking opportunities.

As part of the city’s relationship with its sister city of Pengzhou, China, two Richardson artists spent a week in Pengzhou taking in the sights of the city. The artists, Kay Hoag and Spencer Orenstein are members of the Richardson Civic Arts Society. They will create several pieces of art representing their time in Pengzhou, which will be displayed in a Pengzhou public art gallery.