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Chile trip could pay off economically for Tampa Bay, officials say

By December 8, 2014 2014, Media, News No Comments

Chile trip could pay off economically for Tampa Bay, officials say

TAMPA — Jay Conroy could have traveled to Chile by himself to try to connect with potential customers for his company.

As owner and president of Hydo-Dyne Engineering, Conroy knows there is a demand in the booming South American country for the kind of water treatment equipment his Clearwater-based firm manufactures, but there would be no guarantee he would get face time with, as he put it, “the people that matter.”

That wasn’t a problem last week, when Conroy joined a historic trade mission to Chile organized by economic development officials on both sides of Tampa Bay. Among his travel partners: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Pinellas County Commissioner Karen Seel and Hillsborough Commissioner Les Miller. Conroy had 11 meetings with potential clients during the trip.

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