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.