From the earliest origins of the European colonization of Texas, France has maintained a special relationship with the Lone Star State. Nowhere are those ties more evident than in the state capital, where France became one of the earliest world powers to recognize the Republic of Texas by establishing a diplomatic mission known as the French Legation. The three-acre property of the beautiful legation, which boasts the oldest wooden frame structure in Austin, annually hosts the popular Bastille Day celebration on its grounds, thanks to Austin’s thriving Alliance Française.
As Austin has grown from a laid-back college town into the 11th largest city in the United States, the ties between France and Central Texas are expanding. Austin has an Austin International School where children are taught in French and English, as well as Spanish, not to mention a new sister cities’ organization linking Austin to Angers, France. There is a strong French presence at SXSW and now, Formula One racing and the “Lone Star Le Mans.”None of these events would be successful without the support of Austin’s Franco-American business community, from restaurateurs and caterers to artists, high-tech businesses, law firms and more.
The time has come for a business council to serve as an enabling catalyst between businesses in Austin, Texas and in France, their respective educational partners, the French government (via the consulate in Houston), and the myriad French-American cultural institutions in Austin/Central Texas and in France.
WHEREFORE, the French American Business Council of Austin, Inc. (FABCA) states its purpose:
To serve the common business interest of the FABCA membership by advancing economic initiatives between the French-American and/or French-speaking business community in the Austin area and their counterparts in France. FABCA aspires to do so through activities commensurate with this overarching purpose, such as: