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On Monday, Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain announced that the Town of Huntersville, in partnership with SoZo Group, the Asian Manufacturers Association (AMA), the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a technology and innovation summit with Asian manufacturers and businesses February 19-21, 2014.

In addition to members of the Asian Manufacturers Association, the summit will target other Asian entities in the fields of technology and innovation. The expectation is to have a variety of companies/sectors represented, ranging from 3D printing to alternative energy and advanced technology, among others.

The announcement came during a tour of the EPIC (Energy Production and Infrastructure Center) Center at UNC Charlotte, by a delegation of the Asian Manufacturing Association (AMA). The Chinese delegates from AMA were in Huntersville to reciprocate the economic development visit Mayor Swain took to China last month with mayors from the Southern U.S.

While at EPIC, the delegates met Dr. Johan Enslin, director of EPIC and the Duke Energy Distinguished Chair in Power Engineering Systems (and Huntersville resident). He detailed efforts at UNCC to work with the 250 energy companies within the Charlotte region to help advance energy technology and training. These efforts, Enslin said, will help to build the local workforce and facilitate strategic public-private-university collaborations for the industry as a whole and for the continued strength of this industry in our region.

“EPIC was the perfect backdrop to make the announcement for the technology and innovation summit we’ll be hosting with our partners next February,” said Mayor Swain. “EPIC’s goal is to be a key contributor to the growth of the emerging energy sector in our region and our summit will allows us to showcase all that Huntersville, Lake Norman and the Charlotte region as a whole have to offer to attract these types of companies to our region.”

“We also get to highlight all of North Carolina’s great colleges, universities and community colleges who provide us the highly skilled work force to meet the needs of these companies and give them confidence that our area is the right place for companies seeking new markets and opportunities.”

Leaders of the AMA spent about 24 hours in Huntersville over June 16th and 17th to meet with town officials and business leaders. Activities included a tour of the Lake Norman area, with stops at the Park-Huntersville, Joe Gibbs Racing, Discovery Place Kids, Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics, the Commerce Station industrial park, Birkdale Village and EPIC.  These meetings followed initial discussions held with Mayor Swain during a business recruitment trip facilitated by SoZo Group for US Southern Mayors.


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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

SoZo Group is a unique bridge connecting China and the U.S. We help select Chinese enterprises to enter into the U.S. through professional and scientific methods and formulate long-term strategy for the internationalization of these enterprises under a sustainable development concept. We introduce investments from China to the most suitable communities in the U.S. to drive the local development in these communities. With sincerity, strictness and good will, we strive to be the authoritative consultant for Chinese enterprises to go worldwide and the right channel for the U.S. to share the dividends of China’s economic growth. We hope to redefine sustainability and inspire more people to follow.
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