Gov. Rick Snyder Lead Sixth Mission to China to Promote Business Investment, Tourism in Michigan
Gov. Rick Snyder lead an eight-day investment mission to China, focusing on promoting job-creating business growth and attracting investment in Michigan, plus pushing the state as a tourism destination.
Snyder met with government officials, industry executives and key media in China. He departed Michigan on Thursday, Nov. 10, and returned Saturday, Nov. 19.
“We have built strong relationships in China since our first mission in 2011. We are excited to continue telling the Michigan comeback story and making the case that there is no better place in North America for Chinese companies to expand and create jobs than in Michigan,” Snyder said. “As Chinese travelers are now going all over the world and the United States more, this is a great opportunity to tell people about Pure Michigan tourism.”
For part of the mission, Snyder was joined by a delegation led by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. This was the first trade mission featuring both the governor and a mayor joining together to make the case for investing in Michigan.
“The economic and physical landscape of Detroit is being transformed, with auto suppliers opening new facilities in the city and the real estate market at an all-time high,” Snyder said.
Snyder visited Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Beijing, and Nanchang, where he promoted Michigan business opportunities, make a series of company visits and connect with senior government leaders. As part of the trip, he visited Shanghai Auto City and join several events with the University of Michigan. Snyder also planned to meet with business media while in those cities and held a Michigan press conference in Beijing to talk about the state’s efforts in mobility, the continuation of Detroit’s comeback and tourism in Michigan.
The investment mission was led by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Concurrent with the governor’s mission, MEDC is leading 11 Michigan companies to China to meet with prospective business partners, distributors and buyers to increase export opportunities from Michigan to China.