Emanuel: NATO summit marketing tool for Chicago

May 22, 2012

Associated Press

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he did a bit of business with foreign leaders who came to his city for the NATO summit, some for the first time.

Emanuel told reporters after the two-day summit wrapped up Monday that he talked with the Netherland's leader about the prospects of making O'Hare Airport a North American hub for that country's flower trade.

The mayor also says he discussed education strategy with British Prime Minister David Cameron and with German's foreign minister about prospects of businesses there perhaps expanding or moving some of their operations to Chicago.

Emanuel didn't publicly offer any details. But he says Chicago's hosting of the summit successfully introduced the city to leaders on a global stage, and that he thought Chicago got favorable coverage from international media.