In November, I traveled to several cities in China on behalf of the Detroit Regional Economic Partnership, supporting The fourth annual mission to China, led by Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano.
Wayne County's objective of these missions is to meet top foreign government officials, thus opening doors; sign agreements; host seminars; build business connections and help Detroit-area companies begin to do business in those regions. The Partnership works hand in hand with Wayne County's efforts: we're looking to uncover business interest in the host country and build a client relationship with those companies that have a potential those companies that have a potential to invest here.
Thirty-six people participated in the trade mission. The delegates represented the auto industry, airport logistics, environmental technology and design, IT and real estate. In addition, several Partnership investor companies joined the group, including Clayton MeKervey, Butzel Long, Miller Canfield, Oakland County Economic Development Group, Detroit Metro Airport, Comerica Bank, Warner Norcross & Judd and PRS Equities.
I traveled to Shanghai ahead of the mission to meet with an automotive supplier that is signing a business partnership agreement with a company in the Detroit Region. I also met with the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, a major Chinese automotive manufacturer. After meeting up with the delegation, we traveled to Changzhou.
We then traveled...