About 20 local business leaders have lot to look forward to after their business-development trip to Spain in September. Some of Spain’s business owners came away from the conferences with a desire to visit companies in San Antonio.
Jose Manual Soria Lopez, the Spanish minister of industry, energy and tourism, met with members of the San Antonio delegation and told the group he wanted to get a group of his country’s businesses leaders to come to San Antonio next year.
San Antonio Hispanic Chamber president Ramiro Cavasos said a variety of industries in San Antonio could be good matches for Spanish business cooperation:
"Really joint-venture opportunities with local construction firms, IT businesses," Cavasos said. "Health care and bio science is a critical opportunity for us. There’s a lot of technology being developed and patents between Spain and other countries in Europe. Probably also with the Department of Defense at Fort Sam. We’re trying to get more manufacturing here to create jobs and new investment in San Antonio."
The San Antonio delegation included the county manager, city council members, the honorary Consul of Spain in San Antonio, and local business leaders. Cavasos said they met with representatives of more than 100 key companies in Madrid, Bilbao, and Seville.
The Spanish delegation is expected to visit San Antonio in the first half of 2014.