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The 2018 Sino-Texas Business & Investment Forum Recap

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October 24, 2018 - The current analysis of the sensitive trade relations with China was the hot topic during the conference and how that could affect foreign investment to Texas. University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs China Public Policy Founder, David Firestein opened the conference with his short analysis and closed the conference with a full analysis. All of which was spoken in fluent Chinese by Firestein to the Chinese dominated audience. That prompted the many university student volunteer interpreters to translate his insightful assessment to the U.S. attendees.

Opening the conference was a genuine Texas welcome from State Representative Eddie Rodriguez and an international welcome from IITI Chair Dandan Zou. The forum was MC’d by IITI Executive Director Richard May with presentations from Georgetown mayor Dale Ross, Chinese investor Yonghua Wang and international attorney, Owen Gu covering all of the aspects of why to invest in Texas and why the Chinese are looking to invest in Texas. Capping the session was David Firestein, giving a brief update on the current and sensitive U.S./China relations.

Mainstay Global’s Jared Mermis started off the next morning talking about the external environment of living and investing in Texas and University of Texas at San Antonio International Trade Center’s Jaime Martinez on the resources that are available for foreign investors. After their presentations the dialogue was dominated by two powerful conversations going on in the Texas business environment, especially in Austin, was real estate and high-tech featuring four-person panels from each. 

In the afternoon and evenings, IITI stayed true to their concentration with real estate and high-tech. Wednesday, the Chinese guests were treated with a tour and reception at the Capital Factory. The Capital Factory is a technology incubator, accelerator and venture fund all rolled into one. The Capital Factory houses hundreds of businesses centered around high-tech and sponsor all shapes and sizes from one-man startups to Dell, Texas A&M and Walmart.

The next day’s afternoon event featured a hard hat tour of the Proper’s high rise condo/hotel development in downtown Austin from Bailey Tipps. The tour included IITI investors and attendees shooting up 30 stories in a large open cage to witness their art in progress of two-story condos ranging from $1-6 to $1.8 million to one bedroom condos at a mere $750,000. The hard hats were necessary as the high-rise is still in full construction mode featuring concrete, no windows and a lot of space that the tour guide had to fill in for the imagination. The hard hats also helped with the constant rain while the open holes soon-to-be windows showed the 40-story high view of the historic floods rushing down the Colorado River aka Lady Bird Lake just below.

That evening, the guests were treated to a reception at the Grove Real Estate Development offices in central west Austin. The Grove is a brand new mixed-use development just beginning a few blocks down the road at 45th street and Bull Creek Road that will showcase a different but similarly priced homes in a neighborhood setting rather than a high-rise. Along with dinner, The Grove’s Edjuan Bailey gave a detailed demonstration of the homes to be built and the return on investment those homes will provide to any investor.

The final day represented the heart and soul of the conference which was investing matchmaking from projects in Austin, San Marcos and Frisco to the attending Chinese investors. Projects included investment into “opportunity zones” presented by Teresa Shell and Bryce Berta from Shell Real Estate Services. Joshua Baer touting the many investment opportunities from the Capital Factory. Jian Wu presenting the Daytona multi-family development. Steve Tolen from Indie Powers needing more funding to complete the management of their innovative energy battery system. Kavi Capital’s Eduardo Viesca and Alfredo Kawage presented their apartment development in San Marcos to fill the growing population in the area especially in terms of Texas State University Students. Then Calvin Chen and Bethany Fadel showcasing their innovative design and development looking to fund the remaining of the development.

The next presentation was an in-depth analysis of the U.S./China tariff “war” from David Firestein. Speaking in fluent Chinese, volunteer Chinese college students helped all of the U.S. attendees understand the complicated nuances going on between Shanghai and D.C. - What does it mean today and especially for tomorrow?

The last of the business program showcased Jared Mermis being awarded the IITI International Business Award. David Firestein received the IITI International Partnership Award and all of the Chinese student volunteers receiving IITI Ambassador Awards. Capping off the event was a private tour of the LBJ Presidential Library for the international guests and attendees. Go to IITI’s Flickr page for a personal view of the conference.

 

 
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Is Technology And Real Estate An Odd Couple? Not At Next Week’s IITI Conference.

October 11, 2018 - When talking about investing in Austin, TX two words pop up - Real estate and high-tech. But don’t take our word for it. Join us and a panel of experts talking about both opportunities at the upcoming Invest in Texas Initiative’s Business and Investment forum. The IITI forum will be hosting a group of Chinese investors looking for Texas businesses and projects to invest.

Those two forums will be on October 18th at the State capitol featuring such speakers as real estate economist Sam Tennenbaum from the Co-Star group and Dr. Chris Laing of the Capital City Innovation helping coordinate the new innovation district in downtown Austin.

Real Estate and high-tech will be the focus for a group of Chinese investors attending the 8th annual IITI conference that will be held at the State Capitol and the U.T. Texas Exes center. The foreign investment component adds an even more intriguing component as the discussion of foreign trade is heating up. Those topics will be a feature for the opening session on Oct. 17th with LBJ School of Public Affairs China Public Policy founder David Firestein leading the discussion.

Ending the session will be investment matchmaking opportunities with the Chinese investors and Texas businesses. There will be networking opportunities in the evening and a site tour of the Capital Factory.

Register now to be a part of the “here and now” of Chinese investment and the state of high-tech and real estate. The conference is Oct. 17th-19th at the state Capitol and U.T. Texas Exes.

 
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IITI Welcomes Shell Real Estate Services As IITI’s Bronze Sponsor

October 10, 2018 - Invest in Texas Initiative welcomes Shell Real Estate Services as their 2018 Sino-Texas Business & Investment Forum Bronze sponsor. Shell Real Estate Services helps clients in real estate investments, commercial brokerage and assets managements. They help their clients manage over $60 million of commercial real estate investments. Teresa Shell is the owner and operator.

Teresa Shell has had vast experience in the real estate industry spanning many areas and interests. She began her commercial real estate career with Ernst & Young, LLC's Real Estate Advisory Services group in Miami, where she worked on national and international real estate engagements. 

She has served as the Director of Fund Management for MMA Financial Advisory Services where she was responsible for managing approximately $3.5 billion of assets. And served as the Director of Portfolio Management for the Texas Permanent School Fund Real Estate Portfolio. She was responsible for the fiduciary oversight of approximately $600,000,000 of assets-under-management and the investment of approximately $500,000,000 annual income and placement of approximately $300,000,000 of historical cash reserves. 

Teresa is a principal of BETCO Consulting, a full service development consulting firm with a focus on investment opportunities in Texas and Hawaii and is looking to open another office in Tokyo.  She earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member “CCIM" designation, which is held by less than 1% of all commercial real estate practitioners.

 

BLOG: Who are all of these Austin high tech groups?

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October 3, 2018 - If you’re talking about investing in Texas businesses and companies, the tech industry is at the top of the list. But which high-tech are you talking about? And what exactly is the definition of the high-tech industry? Those are questions Invest in Texas Initiative is actively asking because so are investors.

IITI being a trade association collects information, contacts and resources to help foreign investors understand the business climate for potential investment. So where do you get the same information on the tech side?

Since the Invest in Texas Initiative Business & Investment Forum is upon us and will be hosting a high-tech panel on October 18th at the state Capitol, let’s start with Austin high tech groups. Who are they and what do they do? Here are just a few.

Capital Factory - They help start up companies find their investors, talent, mentors and customers.

The Austin Technology Incubator - They are part of U.T. and focus on funding start up tech companies.

The Austin Technology Council - They’re a member based organization that help provide resources and information revolving around funding, talent and networking.

The International Accelerator - They fund start up tech companies that must be owned or driven by foreign born entrepreneurs.

Capital City Innovation - They’re a non-profit helping create an innovation district in downtown Austin.

Tech Ranch Austin - It is a networking and education group to help start-up tech companies succeed.

Austin's high tech industry continues to soar and with innovative partners like the Army Futures Command moving to Austin our future is rich with possibilities,” remarks Leigh Christie, Senior Vice President, Global Technology & Innovation at the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

If we’re missing some groups, which I know we are, please email IITI Executive Director Richard.May@iitexas.org so we can continue to connect with the high tech industry of Austin and Texas to fulfill our mission - to foster foreign investment to Texas businesses. In this case, high tech businesses.

 
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The State Of U.S.-China Trade Relations

Attend IITI’s October conference to find out the latest on U.S. and China trade relations.

September 26, 2018

With the recent escalation of the trade war and tariff increases, U.S. and China economic relations just became even more complicated. Beijing says America is “putting a knife to China’s neck” and Washington accuses China of “economic espionage”. Where does the truth lie? And whose truth is it?

Invest in Texas Initiative, who’s mission is to bring foreign investments into Texas, plans to discuss the current China trade war head on during opening day of their 2018 Sino-Texas Business and Investment Forum. The nation’s leading expert, David Firestein, will give his analysis to the attendees at the state Capitol during the morning session. Firestein leads the China Public Policy Center at the U.T. LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Opening the session will be the top Chinese consul in America, Li Qiangmin. Ending the session will be Texas State Representative Eddie Rodriguez from Austin. Adding to the mix will be a group of Chinese investors searching for worthwhile projects to potentially invest. Adding even further in the mix are those Texas businesses searching for investors to grow and expand their businesses.

These potential investments will come from Chinese attendees representing wealth managements firms, corporations, entrepreneurs, and high net worth individuals. These investors are interested in Texas businesses needing capital to grow and motivated to be in Texas attracted by the Texas business friendly climate.

Invest in Texas Initiative is serving its mission by putting the two groups together in financial matchmaking style that helps all groups involved especially Texas. Investing in Texas means more jobs, a healthier tax base and further incentivizing Texas business ingenuity.

And the question goes - Will these tariffs foster more investment visits to and from the world’s two economic powerhouses? Will it create a more personal, hands-on commitment from both sides to further economic growth? And the answer goes - attend the IITI conference from Oct. 17th - 19th and find out.

 
Special Thanks to IITI’s 2018 Sponsors

Special Thanks to IITI’s 2018 Sponsors

Meet the 2018 Invest in Texas Sino-Texas Business & Investment Community Partners

September 19, 2018 - Invest in Texas Initiative (IITI) announces this year’s conference partnering sponsors: Mainstay Global, LBJ School of Public Affairs China Public Policy Center, the Austin Technology Council, the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, the China Press, AmeriGlobe Consulting and Bercy Chen Studio.

The 2018 Sino-Texas Business and Investment Forum will be held at the state capitol and U.T. Texas Exes Center from Oct. 17th - 19th. The forum also welcomes a contingent of Chinese investors attending the conference looking for investment opportunities in Texas.

Mainstay Global is a consulting firm that helps raise foreign capital to facilitating overseas business opportunities. Mainstay Senior Partner Dandan Zou is the co-founder and current IITI chair.

The University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs China Public Policy Center is the leading think tank for China public policy and U.S. relations. The Executive Director, David Firestein, will be one of the keynote speakers for the upcoming conference. 

The Austin Technology Council, headed by Amber Gunst, helps central Texas technology companies grow and thrive. They have been a key part of building Austin, the Silicon Hills, since 1992.

The Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce led by CEO Marina Ong Bhargava helps the economic growth and vitality for small businesses in the Asian Pacific American community in Central Texas.

The China Press is one of the largest Chinese newspapers covering Chinese activities and news in the U.S.

Bercy Chen Studio is an architecture and urban planning firm founded in 2001 by partners Thomas Bercy and Calvin Chen. They apply a design from various cultures while maintaining respect for their contemporary contextual conditions.

“We’re very thankful to have this coalition of groups rallying behind international investment in Texas,” remarks IITI Executive Director Richard May. “Our Invest in Texas Initiative trade association and partnering sponsors help foster and promote foreign investors to continue the growth of the Texas economy, create more jobs and push Texas to being the number one economy in the U.S. and the world.”

 

IITI Tours China Promoting Invest In Texas

Invest in Texas Initiative President Dandan Zou Tours China Promoting Texas Conference and US Business/Investment Opportunities

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September 12, 2018

Invest in Texas Initiative (IITI) Chairwoman Dandan Zou will travel to Beijing, Shangai and Shenzhen for a 10-day tour beginning September 18th promoting Texas and IITI’s October business conference. IITI’s 8th annual Sino-Texas Business & Investment Forum features investor matchmaking, networking and forum topics such as the U.S. and China trade relations. The conference will be held October 17th– 19th in Austin, TX.

The first day of the conference will feature Chinese Consul General Li Qiangmin, LBJ School of Public Affairs’ China Public Policy Center David Firestein and Texas State Representative Eddie Rodriguez among others. These speakers will talk about the current China and U.S. trade relations in respect to this year’s conference mission promoting the positive business climate for Chinese investors.

Per the IITI Board of Director’s direction and key sponsor needs, this conference is aimed at driving direct results for both project owners and investors from rare high-quality commercial real estate projects to alternative energy and technology investment opportunities.

Zou’s schedule includes 3 events centered around Texas, IITI’s history and organizational resources. In addition, the chance for an early preview of one of the forum’s featured sponsors investment opportunity.

“Texas has many business opportunities for Chinese investors to profit, especially as the next and newest big wave of the US historical economic growth. The economic growth and regulatory friendly business environment provide foreign investors many options to generate a significant return on their investment,” remarks Dandan. “To Chinese businesses, entrepreneurs and investment firms we’re here to say ‘Welcome to Texas’.” 

The three-day conference holds morning seminars, featured speakers and forums centering around all aspects of the investment environment in U.S. but specifically in Texas. Afternoon and evening sessions feature investment matchmaking, site visits and networking events.


For more information on the conference or to register, go to IITI’s website at IITI.org.

 

 
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IITI Chair Dandan Zou

IITI Announces China Road Show

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September 7, 2018

Invest in Texas Initiative Chair Dandan Zou Takes an IITI Road Show to China Promoting Texas Conference and US Business/Investment Opportunities

为推广德克萨斯州商务投资峰会及中国的商业合作机会德克萨斯投资协会会长邹丹丹女士将于9月拜访中国

Invest in Texas Initiative (IITI) Chairwoman Dandan Zou will travel to Beijing, Shangai and Shenzhen for a 10-day ‘road show’ beginning September 18th promoting Texas and IITI’s October business conference. IITI’s 8th annual Sino-Texas Business & Investment Forum features investor matchmaking, networking and forum topics relating to Chinese business opportunities in Texas. The conference will be held October 17th– 19th in Austin, TX.

德克萨斯投资协会会长邹丹丹女士将于9月18日前往北京,上海和深圳进行为期10天的推广活动,主旨为推动德克萨斯州的投资环境,以及德投会10月份的商务交流峰会。

2018第八届中美德克萨斯商务投资交流峰会将提供中国与德克萨斯州的商业发展机会。峰会为参会者提供了多样的投资机遇,并购项目以及合作商机。峰会将于10月17日-19日在德克萨斯州首府奥斯汀举办。

The first day of the conference will feature Chinese Consul General Li Qiangmin, LBJ School of Public Affairs’ China Public Policy Center David Firestein and Texas State Representative Eddie Rodriguez among others. These speakers will talk about the current China and U.S. trade relations in respect to this year’s conference mission promoting the positive business climate for Chinese investors.

峰会首日将有中国驻美领事李强民总领事,德克萨斯州中国公共政策中心代表David Firestein博士和德克萨斯州政府代表Eddie Rodriguez等参与发言。这些政府代表发言人将就当前最热点的中美贸易关系进行解析,并提供多种中美双方商业合作发展机会。

Per the IITI Board of Director’s direction and key sponsor needs, this conference is aimed at driving direct results for both project owners and investors from rare high-quality commercial real estate projects to alternative energy and technology investment opportunities.

根据德投会理事会以及赞助商的指导思想,本次会议旨在为项目方和投资者提供难得的高质量商业房地产投资项目,替代能源以及科技技术等领域的投资机会。

Zou’s schedule includes 3 events centered around Texas, IITI’s history and organizational resources. In addition, the chance for an early preview of one of the forum’s featured sponsors investment opportunity. Below is the event schedule and information:  

邹丹丹女士在中国三个城市的行程将以推广德克萨斯州为重点,同时此次行程还将涵盖德投会的历程以及其丰厚的多层面资源优势。此外,还将有机会提前了解峰会重要赞助商之一的绝佳投资机遇。以下是活动安排和信息:

 Beijing on September 19th Wednesday 2:00pm

Location: Mainstay Global No. 1010, Building A, Shangdu International Center, Chaoyang District, Beijing

北京活动时间:2018年9月19日(周三14:00)

活动地点:北京市朝阳区尚都国际中心A座1010 曼斯特国际运营中心

Shanghai on September 22nd Saturday 2:00pm

Location: Qingting First floor, Huilongjing, No. 1011 Luocheng Rd, Xuhui district, Shanghai

上海活动时间:2018年9月22日(周六14:00)

活动地点:上海市徐汇区罗城路1011号珑汇璟一层清庭

Shenzhen on September 25th Tuesday 2:00 pm

Location: 88 Haide 1st Rd, HouHai, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng

深圳活动时间:2018年9月25日(周二14:00)

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For detailed information on how to attend these, contact Cici.Zhu: 512-850-4991 (U.S.) or Vivian Zou (180-190-0330).

活动相关信息与细节,请联系

Cici.Zhu:512-850-4991(美国)

或Vivian Zou 180-190-0330 (中国)

“Texas has many business opportunities for Chinese investors to profit, especially as the next and newest big wave of the U.S. historical economic growth. The economic growth and regulatory friendly business environment provide foreign investors many options to generate a significant return on their investment,” remarks Dandan. “To Chinese businesses, entrepreneurs and investment firms we’re here to say ‘Welcome to Texas’.”

“作为美国历史经济增长的下一个最新浪潮,德克萨斯州为中国投资者提供了多样商业合作机会。经济增长和政策友好的商业环境为外国投资者提供了许多选择,将为他们的投资带来可观的回报,“邹丹丹女士评论道。“对于中国企业,企业家和投资公司,我们在这里说'欢迎来到德克萨斯!”

The three-day conference holds morning seminars, featured speakers and forums centering around all aspects of the investment environment in U.S. but specifically in Texas. Afternoon and evening sessions feature investment matchmaking, site visits and networking events.

2018第八届中美德克萨斯商务投资交流峰会为期三天的会议日程将包括早间研讨会,峰会内容及讨论主题将围绕最新中美贸易投资关系,德克萨斯州投资环境,政策优势,税务优势,项目分析尽调等专业内容为中心。下午及晚间的会议则包含投资对接,实地考察和深度交流等。

For more information on the conference or to register, go to IITI’s website at IITexas.org.

有关会议或注册的更多信息,请访问德克萨斯投资协会的官网:www.iiTexas.org

 

 

IITI Announces Conference Speakers

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Chinese Consul General Li Qiangmin, LBJ School of Public Affairs David Firestein and Rep. Eddie Rodriguez to be Feature Speakers at IITI October Investor Matchmaking Conference

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News Release: September 5, 2018:

Invest in Texas Initiative (IITI) announces Chinese Consul General Li Qiangmin, LBJ School of Public Affairs’ China Public Policy Center David Firestein and Texas State Representative Eddie Rodriguez as feature speakers for IITI’s October 2018 Sino-Texas Business Forum. The October 17th-19th forum will be held at the Texas Capitol and U.T. Exes center.

Consul General Li is the top ranking Chinese Consulate in the U.S. under the China Ambassador to the United States. David Firestein is the Founding Executive Director of the LBJ School’s Center for Public Policy and one of the nation’s leading scholars in the U.S. and China trade relations. Rep. Eddie Rodriguez is an eight-term state representative representing part of Austin, who serves on the Texas House Committee on State Affairs.

These speakers will talk about the current China and U.S. trade relations in respect to IITI’s primary mission of foreign Investor matchmaking. These new trade dynamics become an important factor when Texas businesses meet with Chinese investors looking for investment opportunities during the conference.

Firestein is a decorated career U.S. diplomat who specializes in U.S.-China relations. He played an active part in advancing China and Asia trade and has advanced policy analysis on a range of topics, including U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and U.S.-China infrastructure investment cooperation. 

Consul General Li is the 13th and current Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston. His previous roles included being the Special Envoy to the Chinese Forum Dialogue and being the Chinese Ambassador to the Zambia, Uganda and Israel. One of his expertise in foreign relations is economic and trade affairs.

Texas State Representative Eddie Rodriguez serves on the House Committees on Economic & Small Business Development and Environmental Regulation. Rep. Rodriguez’ legislative agenda has addressed economic development, job creation, housing, education, hunger and nutrition.

Early bird registration for the conference ends September 27th and seating is limited. Register today to take advantage of the discounted fees to the conference.

 

 

 

 



 

Early Registration Now Open for IITI’s October Conference

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August 29, 2018: Early Bird registration for the Invest in Texas Initiative’s (IITI) Sino-Texas Business & Industry Forum is open. Register today to take advantage of the discounted fees to the conference. Early bird registration ends September 27th and seating is limited. The October 17th-19th Forum will be held at the Texas Capitol and U.T. Exes center.

This year’s forum plans to be the most exciting yet. Chinese General Consul Li Qiangmin will be attending for the morning session on October 17th at the Texas Capitol. General Consul Li is one six General Consulates in the U.S. under the China Ambassador to the United States.

LBJ’s School of Public Affairs Center for China Public Policy Director, David Firestein will also be a feature speaker at the conference. With the China trade war in full swing, learn about the dynamics, implications and effects these sensitive relations will have on the economy, business and investment opportunities. Firestein is a decorated career U.S. diplomat who specializes in U.S.-China relations. 

Investor matchmaking will be another highlight of the forum. Texas businesses will be able to meet with Chinese investors looking for business opportunities in the state. IITI Chair Dandan Zou will help lead the efforts to bring in investment dollars to Texas businesses. Zou is the founder and CEO of Mainstay Global, a marketing consulting firm specializing in foreign direct investment in the U.S.

Register Now.

 

Invest in Texas Initiative Names Richard May as New Executive Director

News Release: August 22, 2018

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Invest in Texas Initiative (IITI) introduces Richard May as their new executive director. May will manage the state association and help guide their mission to promote the Texas Investment landscape internationally. 

 “We’re excited to bring Richard on board. After an exhaustive search, we believe he is the perfect fit for the organization to reach its fullest potential,” remarks Dandan Zou, IITI Chair and co-founder of Mainstay Global.

“IITI’s membership reflects so many different players in the international investment community, we needed someone with broad trade association experience to represent our many members and the players we interface with from the financial industry to elected officials.”

May began his political career as one of the youngest city commissioners appointed in Austin. He then went to work at the State Capitol as the Texas House Appropriations Committee clerk advising state representatives on state agency budgets. His public relations career began as the publicist for the national TV series, Austin City Limits.

He combined this expertise becoming a trade association executive for the next two decades representing a national retail industry before Congress, the media and Wall Street. His achievements in protecting and promoting  a type of retail financial transaction became a college textbook chapter for business students to study the power associations have in shaping policy and industry practices.

“It is a great honor to serve the Invest in Texas Initiative members and board of directors. I look forward to working closely with all parties in taking IITI to the next level of serving the membership and bringing international investors to the great state of Texas.”