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Former Mexican President Visits Wichita Area Companies, Officials

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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox spent time in the Wichita area this week to promote trade between Kansas and Mexico.

He visited companies and met with business and government leaders about trade opportunities.

This was the first time Former President Fox has visited the Wichita area.

He spent time at major industries including Learjet, Cargill, JR Custom Metals and the Siemens’ Wind Energy plant in Hutchinson.

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Fox met with numerous businesses on his first trip to Wichita.

Dale Goter of Kansas Global Trade Services says the former president came with a message: Mexico is ready for more and new business.

"He was the chief architect of opening up the energy market in Mexico which has been controlled by the government for decades and has recently been opened up for private investment," Goter says. "So he sees a lot of opportunities."

Goter says former President Fox also visited Koch Industries and RedGuard.

The former president joined Gov. Brownback, Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell and other commerce leaders for a panel discussion on trade opportunities. About 75 business and industry leaders attended the trade panel discussion at the National Center for Aviation Training Wednesday evening.

One outcome of the visit: Goter says the state and city made a commitment for a trade mission to Mexico early next year. The former president was impressed with the National Center for Aviation Training, and is interested in possibly developing a similar workplace training site in Mexico.

JR Custom Metals and Kansas Global Trade Services coordinated Fox’ visit to the Wichita area.

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Deborah joined the news team at KMUW in September 2014 as a news reporter. She spent more than a dozen years working in news at both public and commercial radio and television stations in Ohio, West Virginia and Detroit, Michigan. Before relocating to Wichita in 2013, Deborah taught news and broadcasting classes at Tarrant County College in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area.