Dallas & Fort Worth Mayors Head To South America
Main goal to promote DFW business.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings began a 12-day trip to South America on Saturday night. They will visit cities in Brazil and Peru. (Published Saturday, Jun 1, 2013)
Updated at 11:36 PM CST on Saturday, Jun 1, 2013
"We're down there promoting trade, talking to businesses that want to do businesses in the Dallas Fort-Worth area," Mayor Rawlings said at DFW International Airport Saturday night.
The mayors will be making stops in the Brazilian cities of San Paulo and Rio de Janiero as well as Lima, Peru.
Mayor Rawlings said that they intend to show off what Dallas-Fort Worth area is best at: banking and finance, logistics, and technology growth opportunities.
On Wednesday, Motorola announced the company's flagship phone, the Moto X, will be made in Fort Worth. The Moto X will be the first smartphone ever built in the United States while creating 2,000 jobs for the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Both mayors are setting aside the Cowtown versus Big D rivalry for this trip.
"Fort Worth and Dallas have worked together on some things, but not so well on others. We really believe that together we can make the whole region a more important destination for travelers.. the gateway to South America," Mayor Price said.
In addition, both mayors will attend the "New Cities Summit" in San Paulo.
The summit is composed of cities from around the world that come together to discuss what makes great cities in the 21st century.