DETROIT (AP) – A new agency is being created in Detroit in an effort to bring economic opportunity to the city with expanded global partnerships.

The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs will attempt to attract foreign investment and to help local businesses expand revenues through export strategies. The office will work with consulates other foreign offices in Detroit, as well as federal agencies on issues such as immigration, border, and national security.

A U.S. Department of State official will lead the creation of the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs as part of an initiative connecting the agency to cities nationwide on issues of shared interest.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says the office will be important to the city’s recovery and future growth.

 

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