Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Meets with Companies Interested in Texas

Thursday, June 17, 2010  •  SHANGHAI, China  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry spent his fourth day in China, and last day in Shanghai, meeting with business executives interested in Texas as a location for expanding their companies.

"For eight years, Texas has exported more products than any other American state, supplying everything from sophisticated computers to coal to our global trading partners, including China, our third largest export-import relationship," Gov. Perry said. "Our state continues to attract new businesses with our favorable business climate, such as the more than two dozen Chinese companies have a presence in Texas."

Gov. Perry met with executives from Yum! Brands Inc., the world's largest restaurant company, whose operations include KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Long John Silver's. Pizza Hut is headquartered in North Texas.

Later in the day, the governor and members of the delegation traveled to Beijing, where they will meet with government officials and business leaders regarding potential investments in Texas.

The 2010 expo began on May 1 and will run through Oct. 31, 2010, and is expected to draw 70 million visitors from more than 170 nations. A projected 5 million to 6 million visitors will tour the U.S.A. National Pavilion, which will build on the EXPO's theme, "Better City, Better Life," by showcasing America as the place of opportunity, diversity, innovation, success, sustainability, health and nutrition, and technology.

The governor and first lady's trips are being paid for by TexasOne, which is the fundraising program for the Texas Economic Development Corporation. No tax dollars are being used for the Perrys' travel and accommodations on this trip.

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