Mayor joins US biotech trade mission
THE Rockhampton region’s investment potential will be in the spotlight next month when mayor Margaret Strelow (pictured) joins a trade mission to the US.
Cr Strelow took up the opportunity after she was invited by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to the event, which will take place at the world’s largest biotechnology convention.
“This is an important opportunity to showcase our region’s investment potential on an international scale and to be supported by Premier Palaszczuk at this event gives us an additional drawcard when talking to businesses and industry,” Cr Strelow said.
More than 16,000 representatives from around 70 countries are expected to attend this event, which is about showcasing the latest biotechnology and life sciences as well as building partnerships.
Cr Strelow said from health to education, technology and agriculture, Rockhampton was a prime investment destination and that’s the message she’d be taking to the conference and the meetings.
“The importance of building international connections, attracting foreign investment, securing distributors and broadening council’s knowledge of international markets cannot be overstated,” she said.
“Having the support of the Queensland Premier as well will also provide an added boost to the discussions we’ll be having about Rockhampton’s potential.”
Cr Strelow said later this week she will highlight some of what can be done at a field day at Alton Downs showing a collaborative project with CQU, local farmers, and a seed company growing black sesame.
“This is the exact kind of initiative we want to build on,” she said.
The 2018 BIO Convention will be held in Boston, Massachusetts from June 4 to 7 this year.