State officials and business people from several Texas citiesincluding Austin and San Antonio are headed to Winnipeg, Manitobaand Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Thursday through Tuesday. The group istargeting agri-food products, biotechnology, building products,energy and wireless technology and nano-technology, according to acontact with the Texas Department of Economic Development.

The trips provide an opportunity for companies and communitiesto establish ties with counterparts, a contact at the Department ofEconomic Development tells Communities are interestedin attracting foreign companies to set up operations in theirtowns.

Foreign trade helps commercial real estate in two ways. First,local companies with more business hire more people and fill upmore office and industrial space. Second, foreign companies set upshop in local communities, hiring workers and filling up space.

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