A delegation of six government officials from the Chinese city of Wuxi visited Chattanooga May 26-28. The group met with companies, educators, local government officials, and members of the Chattanooga Sister Cities Association. Wuxi, located in Jiangsu Province about one hour west of Shanghai, is Chattanooga’s second longest-serving Sister City, with the relationship officially established in 1982.
The delegation kicked off their stay in Chattanooga with a tour of the new Yanfeng factory on Thursday afternoon, May 26 (see photos below). On Friday, May 27, Mayor Andy Berke and the Chattanooga Office of Multicultural Affairs hosted a breakfast for the group (see above photo). City Council Chair Moses Freeman and City Council Member Larry Grohn as well as Chattanooga Sister Cities Board Members were also in attendance. The delegation then toured Southern Adventist University in Collegedale (see photo below).
Next in the busy schedule, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce hosted a lunch for the delegation at the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga (EPB). At the lunch, presentations were made to introduce to the delegation to the Chattanooga business environment, Chattanooga companies that do business with China, and Chattanooga educational resources. Presentations were made by Miller Industries, Astec, Chattanooga State Community College, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Chinese School, Baylor School, and the Hamilton County Department of Education Global Language Program. The trip wrapped up with an interactive potluck dinner with Chattanooga Sister Cities members at the home of the Chattanooga Sister Cities’ President Karen Claypool.
The delegation from Wuxi was led by Mr. Jiang DA, Deputy Chairman of the Wuxi Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). The delegation also included officials from the Wuxi Municipal Committee CPPCC Science and Technological Commission, the Wuxi Municipal Bureau of Urban Utility and Garden, the Wuxi Municipal Foreign Affairs Office, and the Wuxi Municipal People’s Government.
To participate in future Wuxi-Chattanooga Sister Cities delegations and activities, including the bi-annual Wuxi International Sister Cities Forum in Wuxi this November with the theme of urban sustainable development, please contact Lulu Copeland, Chattanooga Sister Cities Vice President for the Wuxi relationship, at Lulu.Copeland@ChattanoogaState.EDU.