At UVU Conference, New Lieutenant Governor Officiates Signing Of Utah Chapter Of US-Mexico Chamber Of Commerce
October 25, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson
Written by: Patricia Monsoor
In a historic moment for Utah, and as one of his first official acts, newly appointed Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox officiated the landmark signing of a Utah chapter of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce during the Utah Valley University Doing Business with Mexico conference.
UVU President Matthew S. Holland welcomed Utah businessmen and students to the conference with a mix of Spanish and English remarks, solidifying the importance of this groundbreaking partnership that opens the door for Utah companies who want to do business outside the U.S.
“Utah is on the precipice of something incredible with this landmark agreement that has the potential to reach 110 million consumers in Mexico,” said President Holland. “This partnership will positively change the course of doing business with Mexico forever.”
Spencer P. Eccles, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, was also present at the signing, along with Al Zapanta, president & CEO of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, during UVU’s Doing Business with Mexico luncheon keynote address.
The Utah chapter is one more step in the institutionalization process between Mexico and Utah, creating that soft landing that many businesses demand when looking at international expansion opportunities. Now, Utah businesses can simply reach out to the new chapter of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, and they can be put directly in touch with hundreds of businesses in Mexico — and vice versa.
“Utah is the most linguistically diverse state in the country with 180 different languages spoken,” said Harvey Scott, director of international trade and diplomacy for the Utah governor’s office. “Our economic stability, diversity and vitality, and level of engagement with the Hispanic community positions us well to draw attention as Mexican businesses consider U.S. operations.”
“This partnership is about how Utah companies command a presence outside of the U.S., and who they should look to first,” said Scott. “The U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and Utah want to get it right, and this is great next step to achieving our goals.”
UVU’s Doing Business with Mexico conference featured a wide variety of breakout sessions, including a networking meeting sponsored by the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a session on legal and tax issues and a lecture on “Breaking into the Mexican Market.”