In 2015, TN-China Network (TNCN) was quoted and featured in articles and interviews by several media outlets, with highlights excerpted below. Click the links to read or listen.
Article: “Nonprofit Promotes Business Ties with China“
Knoxville Business Journal – December 7, 2015
While the rate of growth has slowed, global outbound investment from China was still up 47 percent in the first five months of this year, she says.
Twenty-five China-based companies are operating in Tennessee, with a dozen projects announced since 2011. In the Knoxville area, those announcements include Cirrus Aircraft, which will open near McGhee Tyson Airport, and Innovate Manufacturing, which announced its intentions in August to begin operations at a Knox County business park.
Still, the state lags behind some of its Southeastern neighbors, including North Carolina, George, South Carolina and Virginia in capturing Chinese investments.
At the same time, China is Tennessee’s third largest export market — behind Canada and Mexico — and is growing as higher wages lift more people into the middle class. “I’d love to help Tennessee companies figure out how they can tap into those markets,” Rowland says.
WUOT 91.9 FM – October 20, 2015
– TNCN Executive Director, Elizabeth Rowland, discusses with WUOT’s Todd Steed about Tennessee-China business, how she started TN-China Network, and upcoming TNCN events.
Knoxville Mercury – September 16, 2015
Based in Knoxville, the founder and executive director of the TN-China Network, Elizabeth Rowland, points out that “several positive developments in the past year have a dramatic impact on outbound Chinese investment.” These mostly involve “a loosening of regulations on the part of Chinese government departments, including the elimination of an approval requirement for investment in non-sensitive industries.”
The very existence of a TN-China Network here fostered by Rowland’s expertise in this field is perhaps the single strongest testament to Knoxville’s emergence as a center of China-related activity.
Article: “Chinese Companies Discover ET“
Knoxville News Sentinel -September 6, 2015
Tennessee offers a number of advantages for Chinese companies, said Elizabeth Rowland, founder and executive director of the TN China Network. The cost of living is relatively low, as are energy costs.
“And specific to China, we have some strong industries in which China is looking to expand, such as advanced manufacturing, health care, medical devices, clean energy and research and development,” she said.
There are opportunities in Knoxville that could be promoted, Rowland said.
“A lot of Chinese companies would really welcome being able to locate in Cherokee Farm (Innovation Campus) and be able to have access to Oak Ridge and UT,” she said.
The Daily Beacon – August 26, 2015
“I found that there was a lot of more business here between Tennessee and China than I thought and a lot more than anyone knows about,” Rowland said. “That’s part of the problem — there’s no awareness of how developed the Tennessee-China relationship actually is. And there’s no platform for people for network.”
“There’s a lot going on right now, and that’s why I decided to create the Tennessee-China Network,” she said. “To help connect the dots”.
Article: “Part 1: Elizabeth Rowland Sees Big Business Opportunities in China” and “Part 2: TN-China Network Designed to Help Tennesseans“
Teknovation.biz – April 8 & 9, 2015
Knoxville native Elizabeth Rowland is on a mission, and it’s all about maximizing international business opportunities in Tennessee, with a particular focus on China.
Rowland left Knoxville in 1997 to attend college and, with the exception of brief stints, she lived away from the community until returning a little more than a year ago. During her nearly 16 years away, including four years as owner of a small jewelry company that sourced from China and more than three years as a China policy analyst, Rowland developed a passion for international business and trade. She now wants to put her experience to use in her home state.
“There’s a lot of business going on between Tennessee and China, but not a lot of awareness or information sharing about it,” Rowland says. That’s where the TNCN organization and a possible [Knoxville-region international business council] come into play.
“The TN-China Network brings together people and resources across Tennessee and China to strengthen business ties and enhance bilateral trade and investment,” Rowland says.