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Locals ready for trade trip to China

Posted: March 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

Six people from Santa Clarita are readying to leave for a trade trip to China with Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich and a number of other business and economic representatives.

“The purpose of trade delegation is to strengthen the relationship between L.A. County, our cities and communities and foreign investment in companies that may be seeking to do business in our county, which strengthens our economy and adds jobs,” said Tony Bell, assistant chief deputy for Supervisor Michael Antonovich.

The Santa Clarita delegation includes Holly Schroeder, president and CEO for the SCV Economic Development Corporation; Ken Wiseman, CEO and managing partner with AMS Fulfillment; Craig Peters, executive vice president with CBRE; Randy Wrage, Spirit Properties manager; Steve Tannehill, executive director with Small Business Development Center; and Jia-yi Cheng-Levine, a department chair with College of the Canyons.

‘The point of trip is to meet with companies interested in expanding their global footprint and talking to them about the opportunities,” Schroeder said. “The SCVEDC also wants to meet with companies looking to expand their operations who might be able to benefit from the Foreign Trade Zone in Santa Clarita.”

Comprised of cities and communities in L.A. County, including the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys, the delegation’s weeklong trip runs from April 5 through 13, Bell said.

Delegation members will visit Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

“The purpose of trade delegation is to strengthen the relationship between L.A. County, our cities and communities and foreign investment in companies that may be seeking to do business in our county, which strengthens our economy and adds jobs,” he said.

A series of meetings are set up with Chinese companies in the new energy, information technology, medical and bio pharmaceutical, automotive, digital media, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, entertainment and other industries.

There are also some meetings with companies interested in a logistics hub; research and development/design center; or headquarters/representative office, Bell said.

“A number of companies are meeting in Shandong at a formal investor conference organized by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade,” Schroeder said. “We also have individual meetings with companies where we will visit their plants or key business parks and talk about expansion opportunities in the U.S.,” Schroeder said.

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