The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC) is proud to announce that San Antonio has officially been selected as the host location for the XXIV U.S. Spain Council Forum in 2019.
The United States-Spain Council is a unique organization in which American and Spanish top corporate leaders, high-level government officials and leaders in education and culture promote stronger ties between the two countries. Founded in 1996, the United States-Spain Council seeks to stimulate bilateral trade and investment, bringing companies together around business opportunities, conducting annual forums where these business and government leaders explore the key policy and economic matters affecting commerce, and foster educational and cultural programs.
The United States-Spain Council’s Annual Forum alternates each year between the United States and Spain. The Annual Forum has been held in such U.S. cities as Williamsburg, VA; St. Augustine, FL; Santa Barbara, CA; and Santa Fe, NM. This is the first time San Antonio has been selected.
In addition, the SAHCC has led more than 10 Trade and Economic Development Missions to Spain from San Antonio over the last 10 years including delegations led by Texas Secretary of State Rolando B. Pablos and past mayors of the city. These trade delegations have visited: Madrid, Bilbao, Malaga, Sevilla, San Sebastian, Vitoria, Mondragon, Barcelona, Pamplona, and the Canary Islands.
This relationship between San Antonio and Spain has been long-standing. Former President and CEO of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Ramiro Cavazos was selected to serve as the Honorary Consul of Spain in San Antonio in 2015 through 2018.
The SAHCC has led the development of a strong Spanish partnership and built the relationship between San Antonio and the U.S. Spain Council, co-chaired by José Manuel Entrecanales, CEO of the Spanish conglomerate ACCIONA and Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia.
“I’m thrilled that the next U.S. Spain Council Forum will be held in San Antonio and hosted by our long-time Council Member, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. San Antonio is an ideal location, a vibrant city founded by Spanish explorers 300 years ago and is home to over half a million Spanish speakers today. There are over 57 Spanish companies in Texas and the state is critical in advancing the relationship between the United States and Spain,” said Senator Tim Kaine.
“Since the arrival of Spanish missionaries in the 18th Century, San Antonio and Spain have been inextricably linked through heritage, culture, and commerce. The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is working with Texas leaders, including collaborating with the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation to bring additional companies to the region,” said Rebecca Quintanilla Cedillo, Interim President and CEO, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “I am extremely proud that the U.S. Spain Council has recognized San Antonio and selected our city to host next year’s Forum,” she said.
“Last year, Texas companies exported billions of products, goods, and services overseas as more businesses recognized the importance of being a part of our evolving global economy,” said Erika Prosper Nirenberg, Chairwoman of the Board for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “This provides an outstanding opportunity for Texas companies to conduct in-person meetings with potential business partners and to develop key relationships that can lead to additional international sales and new foreign investments in our targeted industries.”
The announcement as host city was reaffirmed by the American Ambassador to Spain, Richard Duke Buchan III and Spanish Ambassador to the U.S., Santiago Cabanas who both commended the efforts of the SAHCC to bring the King and Queen of Spain to San Antonio as part of the city’s Tricentennial commemoration and lauded hosting the XXIV Trade Forum as a cementing of the shared cultural and strategic economic and military ties.
For more information, please contact Jose Maria Gonzalez, Chief Economic Development Officer, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, at firstname.lastname@example.org.