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Leaders of the Asian Manufacturers Association (AMA) will visit Huntersville June 16-17th to meet with town officials and business leaders. The meetings follow initial discussions held with Huntersville’s Mayor Jill Swain during a business recruitment trip to China in May, and are a result of an invitation extended by the Mayor for the business leaders to visit Huntersville.

Members from AMA were in Washington, D.C. last week in part to attend the Asia Society’s Washington Awards Dinner – the most prestigious annual event in Washington to recognize the growing relationship between the United States and Asia in the areas of policy and business, as well as arts & culture. The AMA will co-host a US-China Manufacturing Symposium in the US with SoZo Group in November 2013.

Their trip to Washington D.C. and its proximity to this area allows AMA a unique opportunity to follow up on the energy and momentum generated by the Southern US Mayors Trip to China facilitated a few weeks ago by SoZo Group. Chinese delegates will have several stops in the American South, including Huntersville, to reciprocate the time and interest shown by our communities in manufacturing and economic development. Several representatives of companies interested in the US market will also accompany AMA’s leadership team.

“We view this as an excellent opportunity to continue building relations between our countries, communities and economies,” said Mayor Swain.

Huntersville was the only NC town represented on the trip and will host several delegates over a 24-hour period. Delegates arrived in Huntersville Sunday night and will depart Monday. Activities planned include tours of the area and discussion of economic development opportunities in Huntersville and the Charlotte/Lake Norman Region.

A breakfast is planned with the Huntersville Town Board for Monday morning. Shortly after, AMA delegates will be led on a broad tour of the community to showcase all the Lake Norman and Charlotte region has to offer. Town representatives are working with the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation and Charlotte Chamber of Commerce to facilitate numerous site visits.

“The fact that Chinese businesses are increasingly interested in working with the United States for economic development opportunities,” was one of the lessons Mayor Swain says she learned on her trip to China. This reciprocal trip will give Asian manufacturing leaders an opportunity to see firsthand what our area has to offer.

Swain logged significant miles on the May trip -- 23,000 miles over 8 days, 7 Chinese cities and 34 separate meetings. “This was intended to be a working trip, and we exceeded our intention,” said Swain upon her return. “I am confident my community benefited not only from the exposure, but also from the opportunities that presented themselves. Now it’s time to follow up.”

Located in Beijing, AMA is the authoritative think tank and chamber of commerce for Chinese manufacturers. The AMA aims to promote dialogues and communications between the world's advanced manufacturing industry and China's manufacturing industry, promoting manufacturing industry innovation via science and technology, speeding up the structural adjustment and industrial upgrading, realizing industrial civilization and modernization and building up a sustainable world economic system.

Huntersville is located in North Mecklenburg County in North Carolina. In recent years, it has been recognized as one of the nation’s fastest growing communities, as well as one of the best places to live and do business.
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