Chamber opens new branch in China

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Halfway around the world, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce officials opened a new international economic development branch.

While on a business recruitment trip, leaders held a grand opening in the Chinese city of Wuxi.

"Gwinnett is honored to make its first international business location in China and particularly the city of Wuxi," Commissioner Chairman Charles Bannister said. "Both Wuxi and Gwinnett are very similar in history and vision, making the location a perfect fit for our goals and objectives in global business development."

Bannister is part of the 20-member group traveling to seven cities in 10 days. It is the second year for the Chamber-funded trip.

"We have seen great success in business development and connections made on our trip thus far and the new Chamber office in Wuxi proves our commitment to global business and commerce for Gwinnett and the metro Atlanta region," Chamber President Jim Maran said. "We are excited about what this trip is providing our delegation, and even more, the gateway of opportunity it is opening up for jobs and investment in our community."