- Associated Press - Monday, February 9, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - London Mayor Boris Johnson’s six-day trade mission to the East Coast of the U.S. was off to a bumpy start as a major snowstorm forced the cancellation of some of his Boston-area appearances Monday.

Johnson is still slated to deliver a speech on innovation in technology and medicine near the MIT campus in Cambridge on Monday afternoon. The speech has been pushed up a few hours because of the snow, which is predicted to bring up to two feet to the region.

Johnson had to cancel a morning visit to Harvard University, also in Cambridge, where he had been expected to meet the Ivy league institution’s president and tour its Stem Cell Institute.

Johnston, who has served as London’s mayor since 2008 and is running for a seat in Parliament this year, had also hoped to announce at Harvard new investments by U.S. companies in London.

Mobiquity Inc, a Massachusetts-based “mobile engagement” company, is among those, with plans to establish a $20 million European headquarters in the British capital city.

The mayor, a Conservative Party member, had also been slated to speak Monday evening at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall - where American colonists once stoked the fires of independence from Great Britain - about his city’s experience hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Boston is in the running to host the 2024 Summer games.

Business leaders heading up the city’s Olympic effort are still expected to meet Monday with Johnson to see what Boston can learn from London’s experience.

“Specific focus will be on the redevelopment of East London that resulted from the Games and the impact that had on jobs, housing, culture, new public spaces in the city,” Johnson spokeswoman Ellie Wilson said.

The mayor arrived in Boston on Sunday as part of a six-day trade mission that includes stops in New York City and Washington, D.C.

In New York, he’ll meet with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and tour Ground Zero. In Washington, he’s expected to speak at a forum hosted by the research group the Brookings Institution.

In Boston on Sunday, Johnson met with Massachusetts transportation officials to see what his city can learn from the infamous “Big Dig” project that relocated Boston’s elevated highway underground and remains the country’s single most expensive highway project at nearly $15 billion.

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