Print This Page Email This Page Email This Page

Canadian official’s visit to West Memphis highlights regional global importance

A Canadian diplomatic official recently toured Eastern Arkansas, underscoring the important ties between Canada and the Natural State. The Aug. 23 visit by Sara Wilshaw , newly appointed Consul General of Canada in Dallas, was capped by a reception hosted by the City of West Memphis.

Wilshawai??i??s office represents Canada in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. Her office engages local leaders on issues that affect North Americans, helps Canadians living and traveling in these states and assists in building business relationships.

Those economic ties are particularly significant for Arkansas since Canada is the stateai??i??s largest international trading partner, says West Memphis Economic Development Director Ward Wimbish.

ai???We gave Consul General Wilshaw a crash course in our areaai??i??s infrastructure, pointing out that the Canadian National Railroad has one of its largest yards in Memphis,ai??? Wimbish said. ai???By way of the Canadian Port of Prince Rupert, our area is this regionai??i??s connection to Northern China, South Korea and Japan. She was particularly interested in the logistical position of West Memphis and our communityai??i??s role in global trade.ai???

It was the first official trip to the area for Wilshaw and Henry Wells, her economic officer. They toured Big River Steel in Osceola and the Union Pacific Intermodal Yard in Marion before coming to City Hall in West Memphis for a city-hosted reception and a presentation by Wimbish.

The Consul Generalai??i??s visit was another opportunity for Wimbish to share the role the city and the region is poised to play in global logistics, manufacturing and trade.

ai???Consul General Wilshaw was impressed by the level of industrial activity in this area,ai??? Wimbish said, ai???and the fact that our local communities have a vision for economic growth and are taking active steps to stimulate that growth.ai???

While Canada and the Mid-South have plenty in common, Wimbish said, the differences were interesting to note. When Wilshaw met Mayor William Johnson, one of those differences got a few laughs.

ai???When she met the Mayor, she mentioned that in Canada, mayors are addressed as ai???Your Worship,ai??? Wimbish said. ai???Mayor Johnson said the title ai???felt good.ai??i??ai???

Ward Wimbish
Director, Economic Development
wimbish@westmemphis.com
870-732-7500





The overview information provided in this packet is to inform the prospect of detailed information regarding the site in question. Information is subject to change without notification. Information is provided by sources deemed reliable, however, it is the responsibility of the prospect to determine the suitability of the site for his particular use. The City of West Memphis does not warrant the accuracy or comprehensiveness of any information provided herein. Please contact the Office of Economic Development at 870.732.7500 for the most current information.