Mayor to meet with officials in Shenzhen, Guanzhou & Beijing to highlight Detroit’s resurgence and promote investment.
Mayor Mike Duggan is traveling to China today to join Gov. Rick Snyder in an effort to promote investment in Michigan and to attract more business and jobs in the City of Detroit. The Mayor was invited to participate in the investment mission by Gov. Snyder, who will be making his 6th such trip to China.
The Mayor will be in China from Nov 14-19, along with his Group Executive for Jobs & Economy, Tom Lewand, their wives, and Peter Chapman, who is Executive Vice President for Business Attraction for the Detroit Economic Development Corporation (DEGC). No taxpayer dollars will be used to pay for the trip. Delta Air Lines is providing airfare for the Detroit delegation. Other expenses, such as lodging and meals, will be paid for by the DEGC and Detroit Progress Fund, a non-profit established by the Mayor to pay for city-related expenses using private donations.
The Mayor departs today and will begin his itinerary on Wednesday in Shenzhen, where he and the Governor and their delegations will attend a high tech fair that will include a Michigan presence. The Mayor and his team also will meet in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Beijing with local officials to discuss opportunities to grow business and bring jobs to Detroit.
The Mayor and his economic development team also will be accompanied by Julie Egan, who serves as the Mayor’s International Affairs Advisor and Deputy Director of the White House Detroit Federal Working Group. Her travel is being paid for by the US State Department.
This is Mayor Duggan’s second international trip since taking office. Last year he traveled with Detroit companies to Japan to take part in a celebration of the 55th anniversary of Detroit and Toyota’s relationship as Sister Cities and meet with companies and officials in Tokyo.