Gwinnett officials' trip to China isn't just about recruiting Asian businesses. Taking part in the 10th Annual China Chongqing Hi-Tech Fair, leaders are also making connections with European companies, a press release said.
Attending the worldwide event were global innovators including Siemens, which began in Berlin, California company Oracle, China Telecom, China Mobile, Southwest Aluminum Group, Peregrine Semiconductor, Dubbo Group of Denmark and Remondis of Germany.
"Our delegation is focused on attracting foreign direct investment into Gwinnett County and the United States," Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson said in the press release. "We are actively seeking to create a more robust economy locally and further implement the strategic goals of the Partnership Gwinnett initiative."
The fair is a professional exhibition to display technologies in equipment, information, communication and electronic products, electronic information, new material and energy, biomedicine and the advanced technologies and achievements in advanced manufacturing, modern agriculture and other fields.
Attendance at the Chongqing Hi-Tech Fair provides our delegation with an exclusive opportunity to meet companies and network with international business leaders that would be otherwise inaccessible. Meeting them all in Chongqing -- an aggressively growing municipality invested heavily in developing global business -- positions Gwinnett to become a immediate participant in that strategy; directly giving us the advantage over our competitors," said Nick Masino, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce senior vice president of economic development and Partnership Gwinnett. "These efforts will serve to fortify Gwinnett and Metro Atlanta as the premiere location to conduct business in the United States."
Joining Johnson and Masino on the trip are Gwinnett Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, state Sen. Don Balfour, the Georgia Department of Economic Development's Stella Xu, Matt Blitz of the U.S.-China Cultural Exchange and businessman Monty Chiu.
The delegation will return to Gwinnett Monday.