By Paul Kurtz

By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The First Minister of Wales continued a whirlwind trip to the U.S. with a visit to Philadelphia Thursday.

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Wales has a long historical connection with Philadelphia — Brywn Mawr, Gwynned, and North Wales are just a few examples. Wales would like to make that relationship even cozier, at least in terms of business.

First Minister Carwyen Jones sat down with members of the British American Business Council to talk about the prospects:

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“We can offer a good financial, for example, for those who want to come to Wales. But also we offer the skills that are needed in sectors such as biosciences, such as automotive, aerospace just to name three. And also for them to look at Wales as a place to invest, it works both ways of course.”

Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Luke Butler says Wales comes knocking on Philadelphia’s door at a good time:

“I think over the next couple of years you’d struggle to find a city in America that’s gonna have a higher profile. The Pope visiting, the DNC coming next year — there’s a lot of great things happening.”

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Butler says Philadelphia feels like it’s on a real upswing at the moment.