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UB and WNY Impress Trade Delegation

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By Joyce Kryszak

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Buffalo, NY – A delegation of 60 foreign trade commissioners continued their tour of the region at UB Thursday. They said they were surprised to find out Western New York is such a cutting-edge region.

The trade representatives from 37 countries met with UB officials, researchers and business leaders to explore partnering opportunities for companies in their countries. The delegation was brought to Western New York by the governor to open doors for Buffalo to possibly more international investment and job creation.

Some of the delegates say it is not a trip they would have made without the governor's prodding.

Harold Robertson is Council General for Trinidad and Tobago. He said the visit turned out to be a pleasant surprise. He was especially impressed by the green technologies being advanced in WNY. Robertson said he can see benefits of partnering with Buffalo companies in a variety of high-demand areas - from solar energy to hydropower.

Jung eun Choi is a trade investor for South Korea. She said green energies are a priority for them as well. But she said Buffalo would have been the last place they would have thought to look to expand. Now, she believes Buffalo has many advantages over other cities.

And Choi said that could mean jobs being created here eventually by South Korean companies.

State and local officials say they will follow up with the delegates to help foster and hopefully cement some of those potential investments.

Click the audio player above to hear Joyce Kryszak's story now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod. Joyce Kryszak - WBFO News.