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Monday AM February 14th, 2011

A new study measuring Dutch-American economic ties names Texas as the top destination for Dutch investment in the U.S. Andrew Schneider has more on what it means for Houston.


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dutch flagThe Dutch Embassy conducted the study, showing investment from the Netherlands supports more than 100,000 jobs in Texas. Among U.S. cities, Houston ranks as the number two destination for Dutch investment, second only to New York.

Much of those business ties focus on the oil and petrochemical industries. But the Netherlands aims to broaden its investment in Texas. Dutch Ambassador Renée Jones-Bos.

“We think that there are even more opportunities, particularly in Houston, for the Dutch business community. We have a very active honorary consul, but we thought we thought we could do with some extra support there, some extra people, and that is why we are opening the business support office. And the idea is that we will focus that office on water management, renewable energy and the computer gaming industry.”

Texas exported $6.1 billion worth of goods to the Netherlands in 2009, the most recent year on record. That makes the Netherlands Texas’ 4th largest export market.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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