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Italian delegate points out cultural ties to Oklahoma

Fabrizio Nava, the consul general of Italy based in Houston, is his country's cultural and economic voice in the four-state region of Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.
BY BEN LUSCHEN Published: September 21, 2013

“It (Southwestern art) is quite unique, it is genuine to the land. It stretches back into the centuries, of course. I think also it would be interesting to promote in Italy. I think it's an aspect of American culture that is not well publicized.”

Promoting Italy

Outside of sharing culture, Nava also is responsible for developing economic links between his region and Italy.

“Of course, my mission is that of promoting ties between Italy and my four states,” Nava said. “So I try to scout for opportunities. If an Italian company asks for help or contacts, I try to give it to them. Likewise, if an American company or a chamber of commerce thinks about Italy as a destination, then I try to help them.

“You might say I am an antenna of Italy in these four states, and my ambition is that everything Italian will one way or another pass through my office.”

In addition to the opening of the “Of Heaven and Earth” exhibit, Nava was in town for a promotional and celebratory event for Enel Green Power, an energy company based in Rome. As of today, Enel has made a nearly $600 million investment in Oklahoma's Rocky Ridge and Chisholm View wind farms.

Nava is excited about Enel's investment in the state and is hopeful that this is just one of many business partnerships between Italy and Oklahoma.

“As of today, 2013, this state is a great place to do business,” he said.