|Consul General Hong Lei Met with Mayor Wellman of Washington, Indiana|
On August 8, Consul General Hong Lei met with Mayor Joe Wellman of City of Washington, Indiana in the Consulate General. Executive Director Ron Arnold of Daviess County Economic Development Corp, President and CEO Jeff Quyle of Radius Indiana, President Larry Ingraham of Ingraham & Associates, Inc. and Commercial Counselor Zou Xiaoming also attended the meeting.
Mayor Wellman gave a brief introduction of the City of Washington, saying the city is in the southwest of the state of Indiana, adjacent to the inter state freeway 69, Indiana University and University of Southern Indiana with a prime location advantage. The major industry in the city includes turkey processing, plastic packaging and furniture producing. The city is now upgrading and expanding its original utilities and transportation facilities and improving the city’s living environment by building parks, recreation facilities, etc. The city is a good place for business, living and recreation, and he welcomes investment from Chinese companies and visitors from China.
Consul General Hong Lei said that in recent years, China and the State of Indiana have achieved new progress in economy and trade and education cooperation. In 2016, the trade volume between China and Indiana reached 9.64 billion US dollars. Since 2000, Chinese companies have invested 420 million US dollars in Indiana, creating about 1,300 jobs. Nanshan, CRRC and Haier are all doing well in Indiana. Many Chinese students are studying in Indiana, and Purdue University alone has over 5000 Chinese students. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the sister-state relationship between Zhejiang and Indiana, which are organizing celebrations activities. Currently the U.S. is reviving its manufacturing sector and China is restructuring its economy, and he believes the two sides could find many opportunities for cooperation and exchange. The Consulate General would like to play its role as a bridge, and keep close contact with the City of Washington and the State of Indiana.