Dutch Business Support Office Opens

Dutch-Texan business ties already support more than 100,000 Texas jobs. Now the Netherlands is looking to build on that with a new trade and investment center in Downtown Houston. Andrew Schneider has more.

Dutch Ambassador Renée Jones-Bos Dutch Ambassador Renée Jones-Bos was on hand last night for the official opening of Netherlands Business Support Office Texas.

“We have the feeling that Texas seems to be emerging quite strongly from the [global economic] crisis, and so is the Netherlands, so we see great potential for further growth.”

In addition to such traditional areas of Dutch investment in Texas as energy, the office will also focus on water management and flood protection.

“We live in a country that is two-thirds at or below sea level, so we’ve been struggling with water issues for a long time, both coastal and river. So we see great opportunities there.”

The Dutch see that hard-won knowledge as potentially relevant to citizens in the Galveston Bay area, where storm surges during Hurricane Ike ranged from 10 to 20 feet above sea level. Dutch and American water management experts have been working closely together in Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina.

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Andrew Schneider

Business Reporter

Andrew Schneider joined KUHF in January 2011, after more than a decade as a print reporter for The Kiplinger Letter...