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CONTACTS: Jody Edgerton, KCMO-Mexico Business Development Office, (816) 842-1390; and CiCi Rojas, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, (816) 472-6767

Grand opening of Mexico Trade Complex is July 10

The Kansas City, Missouri-Mexico Business Development Office and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the official grand opening of their shared office space July 10, from 5:30-8 p.m., at 1600 Baltimore St., Suite 250.

The grand opening will be conducted in conjunction with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s July Business After Hours event.

The KCMO-MXBDO, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Guadalajara and Monterrey Trade and Tourism Offices, and the Mexican Consulate are at 1600 Baltimore St. in Kansas City’s new “Mexico Trade Complex.”

The grand opening is the latest in a series of events marking the launch of the complex. In September, Kansas City marked the opening of the Mexican Consulate during the Semana Mexicana celebration. More recently, Kansas City was host to several Mexican delegations participating in Mexico Trade Week 2003 and opened the Guadalajara and Monterrey Trade and Tourism Offices.

“Kansas City, Mo., is the first city in the country to develop an international strategy devoted exclusively to business development, trade promotion and tourism with Mexico,” said Councilwoman Bonnie Sue Cooper, 2nd District-at-Large. “The opening of this office will help to create jobs, strengthen existing relationships and foster new ones between Kansas City and our Mexican neighbors.”

The KCMO-MXBDO will focus on trade development, capacity building, matchmaking and trade missions for Kansas City and Mexico businesses, particularly small and medium-sized companies seeking an entry point for business expansion.

Mexico is now the No. 2 trading partner of the United States with trade growing at twice the rate of that between the U.S. and Canada. In 2002 alone, the state of Missouri exported nearly $1 billion ($963,667,543) worth of goods to Mexico.

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