A trade delegation of senior Vietnamese officials and business leaders, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industries and Consul General of Vietnam and members of the Vietnam Consular office in Houston and the Vietnam Embassy in Washington D.C. recently met with Council members in Missouri City to learn more about economic development, local government and prospective business opportunities.
The delegation also toured key “Show Me City” areas including Lakeview Business Park, Beltway Crossing Business Park, the Highway 6 corridor and the Quail Valley Golf Course.
During a presentation for the dignitaries last month, Mayor Allen Owen said the city was honored with their visit. “Missouri City is very interested in developing partnerships with international investors to further expand the City’s business community,” he said. “We offer incentives to encourage both large and small businesses to locate here.”
Councilman Danny Nguyen, chair of City Council’s International Relations Committee and a native of Vietnam, also addressed the group. Speaking in Vietnamese, he explained the importance Missouri City places on building business partnerships with other cities and countries. Councilmember Nguyen also emphasized Missouri City’s strategic location in the greater Houston area to key freeways, major airports, the Houston Port Authority and the world renowned Texas Medical Center.
In addition to gaining insight on the City’s business goals, the dignitaries also learned about local government from former City Manager Frank Simpson. Simpson shared details about the roles of Council and management, who collaborate on developing strategies to maintain the City’s respected presence locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
“We have been very successful in attracting business to the City,” Simpson told the visitors. “Just since 2005, the commercial development has grown from 15 percent to 23 percent of the City’s tax base, so we’re very proud of the growth we’ve seen.”
The delegation also heard from Jeff Wiley, President of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council. Wiley emphasized the importance of the County’s diversity to the group and said that Missouri City is known as “one of the best and most attractive cities” in the region.
During a question-and-answer session, many of the dignitaries asked City leaders about business opportunities. They also noted the main products Vietnam exports, including coffee and tea, and highlighted some of the country’s assets: a young workforce and a governmental policy to open the economy and integrate it to the world.