September 28, 2023

Round Rock Chamber Joins Williamson County Delegation on Mission to South Korea to Explore New Business Investment Opportunities

Leadership from the Round Rock Chamber and City of Round Rock joined a delegation of Williamson County economic development officials on a business mission to South Korea on September 10-16, aimed to foster international business relationships, explore new investment opportunities, and promote Williamson County as a prime destination for business expansion and collaboration.

Williamson County Precinct 4 Commissioner Russ Boles and Williamson County Economic Development Partnership (WilCo EDP) Executive Director Dave Porter led the delegation of 16 representatives from six Williamson County cities to South Korea from September 10 to 16.

“The amount of interest from Korean based companies looking at expanding to the Williamson County area is amazing,” said Commissioner Boles. “Not only is the interest from semiconductor suppliers for Samsung, but also the automotive and clean tech sectors,” Boles added.

Key Highlights of the Delegation’s Mission:

  • Seminar at KOTRA Headquarters: The mission commenced with a half-day seminar held at the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) headquarters in South Korea. KOTRA, a state-funded organization operated by the South Korean government, hosted the event. The seminar attracted the attention of more than 100 Korean businesses keen on exploring business opportunities in Texas, particularly Williamson County.
  • Individual Prospect Meetings: Throughout the week, the delegation engaged in a total of 32 additional individual meetings with prospective Korean companies looking for expansion and investment opportunities in Central Texas. These meetings provided a unique opportunity for face-to-face discussions, enabling a deeper exploration of potential business partnerships, investments, and collaborations.
  • S. Embassy Briefing: Delegates received a comprehensive briefing from the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, which covered various geopolitical issues affecting the region. This briefing was instrumental in helping the delegation understand the political and economic landscape in South Korea, fostering stronger ties between the two regions.
  • Visit to Pyeongtaek: A notable highlight of the mission was a visit to Pyeongtaek, where delegates had the privilege of touring the expansive Samsung semiconductor facilities. This visit allowed for firsthand insights into advanced manufacturing and technology capabilities in South Korea, potentially paving the way for future collaborations in the technology sector.

“I am honored to have been part of this important mission to South Korea. It underscores the Round Rock Chamber’s dedication to creating opportunities for businesses in Round Rock and across the region,” said Jordan Robinson, President & CEO of the Round Rock Chamber. “The positive response from Korean businesses and the insights gained during our visit bode well for future collaborations and investments in our community.”

The Round Rock Chamber is committed to advancing economic development and growth in Rond Rock and Williamson County. Participating in this South Korea mission aligns with our mission to attract and retain businesses that contribute to our vibrant and thriving community. We believe that international partnerships are essential in driving economic prosperity and innovation in our region.

The Round Rock Chamber extends its gratitude to all partners, supporters, and participants who made this mission to South Korea a resounding success.

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