Fayetteville Chamber Travels to Buenos Aires, Honored Country at the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Festival
This summer several key members of the Fayetteville Chamber team traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina as part of the Chamber’s economic development efforts. The Chamber uses the Northwest Arkansas Hispanic Heritage Festival to make Fayetteville a more attractive place for Latinos to live, work and open businesses. Chung Tan, Director of Economic Development for the Chamber, answers some questions about the Chamber’s recent trip to Argentina’s capital city.
1. What was the purpose of your trip to Buenos Aires this June?
As we are highlighting Buenos Aires and Argentina this year, we wanted to get the know the city and country. We familiarized ourselves with the city and country, promoted Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas and did some preliminary groundwork to promote bilateral trade and investments between Fayetteville and Buenos Aires.
2. Who did you meet with while you were there?
When we first landed, we met with a group of representatives from various ministries and sector associations to introduce ourselves and discuss possible partnership opportunities. The next day we met with key representatives from the major universities, including the director and vice dean of the graduate and professional programs at Universidad Austral and the secretary and undersecretary of international affairs at the University of Buenos Aires.
We also received a presentation on the current state of economic affairs in Argentina and met with several commercial service specialists from the US Embassy.
3. What was the highlight of your trip?
The highlight is that we are now talking with the University of Buenos Aires about signing a Memorandum of Understanding between UBA and the University of Arkansas to start a collaboration between the two universities. Possible projects could include student and professor exchanges, twinning programs and collaborations on projects.
4. What did you love most about Argentina?
They – like other Latin American countries – share similar priorities with Fayetteville and Arkansas – faith, family and friends. Love their tenacity and appreciation to be alive.
Want to learn more about Buenos Aires and Argentina? Join us for the 2017 Northwest Arkansas Hispanic Heritage Festival on September 16th and 17th.
The NWA Hispanic Heritage Festival salutes the country of El Salvador this year at the 4th Annual NWA Hispanic Heritage Festival on October 1stand 2nd at Mae Farm. National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15 through October 15 across the country. We encourage you to review the sponsorships and get in on the festivities – admission to the festival is FREE of charge to the community, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend and enjoy all the fun and excitement. All attendees get to enjoy booths, health fair, games, music, excellent food, Zumba, kid’s area, hay rides, futbol tournament and much more! Our 2015 Festival had over 11,000 attendees. For information call: 479-521-1710 or email Chris Decker at CDECKER@fayettevillear.com
The festival runs from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a ribbon cutting at 10 am, at the main festival entrance, on Saturday, October 1st, 2016, hosted by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce and Univision Arkansas, all are welcome!
Find out about sponsorships and vendor opportunities HERE .