A delegation of five companies from Central Alberta visited Missouri alongside Central Alberta: Access Prosperity. Over the course of five days, the delegation visited nine Missouri cities and towns, met with 12 businesses, conducted numerous site visits and toured the University of Missouri’s 3‐D prototyping lab.

Building on a relationship Access Prosperity has developed with Missouri International Trade and Investment over the past four years, the delegation strived to connect local companies with strategically aligned Missouri companies to develop connections and discover international trade opportunities.

O‐NET, a fibre optic telecommunication company based in Olds, joined the delegation to increase awareness of its services and seek partnerships with similar companies. “O‐NET realized tremendous value participating in the Mission to Missouri. We returned with strong supply leads, expansion and partnership opportunities as well as a wealth of new ideas,” said Mitch Thomson, O‐NET trade mission delegate.

Delegates met with and toured companies ranging from carbon fibre manufacturers to a landfill gas recovery and power generation facility. Organizers strived to connect businesses with complementary products and services, introduce Central Alberta’s delegates to local economic developers, and establish a connection between University of Missouri (MU) and Red Deer College (RDC).

Each company sponsored an RDC student representative whom conducted research prior to the mission, as well as travelled to Missouri to experience hands‐on networking, economic development and conducting business internationally. The RDC students also had the opportunity to meet with MU students.

“It is my hope that this is the beginning,” said Mark Wine, International Business Manager, Missouri International Trade and Investment. “Everyone came away with positive potential for developing business relationships with Missouri.”

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