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Photo by Danielle BourgeoisAdd one more link to the ties that bind Houston and Aberdeen, Scotland.

More than 60 people at a hotel in Houston’s Uptown district were linked by satellite to a crowded hotel ballroom in Aberdeen Tuesday to discuss ways to strengthen business ties between the two energy capitals.

The Aberdeen-Houston Gateway is the brainchild of Brett Jackson, managing director of Granite PR, an Aberdeen public relations firm. He began visiting Houston in 2011 after his brother and sister moved here.

Speaking from Aberdeen, he said he has since spent more than 100 days in Houston. He plans to return in May, along with several hundred other Aberdeen businesspeople, drawn by Houston’s biggest convention, the Offshore Technology Conference.