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Thurston Economic Development Council Leads Fourth Business-to-Business Delegation to China

Source:  Thurston Economic Development Council

Lacey, WA, June 13, 2011 – The Thurston EDC in partnership with Saint Martin’s University returned to the U.S. Monday, June 13 after leading its fourth Business-to-Business delegation to China. The eight-member group, which represented a mix of public officials and private sector partners, returned from a 10-day visit to the cities of Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai.

The 2011 China Business-to-Business trip follows three previous successful trips over the past five years. The group included Olympia Mayor, Doug Mah; Thurston County Commissioner, Sandra Romero; Lacey council member and business owner, Andy Ryder; VCB Executive Director, George Sharp; Dr. Riley Moore, Saint Martin’s University Professor; Thurston EDC Executive Director, Michael Cade; and EDC Marketing Director, Renée Sunde. All trip costs were privately funded, and no government funds were used to cover costs.
The focus of the 2011 delegation and that of previous delegations has remained the same: to seek opportunities for in-bound tourism, develop international trade prospects for local employers and seek foreign direct investment opportunities for Thurston County.

The rapid growth of China is creating importing, exporting, technology and investment opportunities for Washington State companies, and Thurston County is committed to explore the opportunities available for local business.

The trip provided a chance to meet one-on-one with tourism operators and host a forum for approximately 22 travel and group tour agents interested in Seattle and the south sound region. The Shanghai Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone also hosted the group for a business-to-business seminar, which included business representatives from throughout Shanghai. Local Chinese government officials welcomed the delegation to Shanghai and provided dialogue on their commitment to grow partnerships with the south sound region of Washington State.

The delegation also met with executive leadership of the Huashan Hospital, a state-owned general hospital in Shanghai, to discuss the challenges and opportunities the hospital has faced in serving their growing population throughout China. Approximately 300 potential Chinese investors joined several meetings hosted by Access the USA to help better understand how they might take advantage of the newly appointed EB-5 Regional center.

The Thurston EDC is committed to building on the “guanxi” or connections that have been developed and nurtured through the years through both inbound and outbound trips to China. The efforts thus far will be used as building blocks to continue to explore international markets through local business expansion and foreign direct investment.

The Thurston Economic Development Council is a private non-profit organization focused on creating a vital and sustainable economy throughout Thurston County that supports the livelihood and values of our residents.

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