DCBA Sponsors Attracted Delegations from China
Sept 26th, 2014 Contact: Milan Stevanovich 248.719.9100
Detroit Chinese Business Association Sponsors Attracts Delegations from China
Michigan’s Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Oakland County, Corrigan Air and Sea Cargo, Detroit Chinese Business Association’s (DCBA), and other major pecuniary sponsors teamed up to bring delegations from China to attend local events that engaged hundreds of Michigan business, government, and community leaders.
Thirty Chinese business leaders and government officials from Shanghai and other economically significant areas met their Detroit and Michigan counterparts at the magnificent TPC Country Club in Dearborn this past Monday morning. The one hundred seventy attendees that attended this occasion were delighted with a golf outing that was kicked off by clubhouse breakfast presentations by Brian Holdwick, VP Detroit Economic Growth Corporation; Dave DiRita, CEO Roxbury Group; Mike Flanagan, VP MEDC; Xiaoming Shan, the Honorable Mayor of Haian; and moderated by Steven Hilfinger, COO of the MEDC.
Jerry Xu, DCBA President, was the master of ceremonies and his organization was the host. The beautiful day of golf was capped by a dinner reception at the clubhouse where the groundwork for relationships leading to investments and exchanges were forged in earnest.
MEDC Vice President and International Team Lead, Mark Kinsler, led the dinner reception with introductions from Mayor of Toledo, Mike Bell; Wayne Co. Executive, Robert Ficano; Riverfront Conservancy CEO, Faye Nelson; and business and government leaders from the Haian, Nantong, and Shandong provinces.
Over five hundred dollars for charity were raised by golf clinics provided by four of the America’s Summer Golf Capital (ASGC) PGA Pros, as well as ASGC certificates for 18 rounds of golf. Grand prizes of weekend stays and golf outings at Crystal Mountain and Treetops Resorts, highlighted the awards that topped off Monday’s festivities.
Tuesday morning, our Chinese guests were hosted by Rock Ventures at the Madison Building in downtown Detroit, where Quicken VP, David Carroll, wowed all with Opportunity Detroit and Faye Nelson showed off Detroit’s jewel, the Riverfront Conservancy. They were followed by Affordable Community Energy Districts’ (ACED) demonstrations by Carla Walker and Debra Rowe of their efforts in revitalizing Detroit neighborhoods. Paracas Yachts’ presented their innovative wind and solar powered Yacht designs. A Jinan tourism market researcher reported on how the Chinese view Detroit and the State of Michigan which confirmed the necessity of getting our message out. Haian’s mayor, Xiaoming Shan, welcomed us in a video tour of her modern, “green” city of 1 million, less than an hour from Shanghai.
The festive two days concluded at the Forest Lake Country Club in Bloomfield Tuesday evening celebrating the new business alliances and investments between Haian and Nantong companies, and Michigan businesses. Chinese officials from all three areas confirmed that they will soon return to Michigan again to continue business exchanges and engagements.
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