SEATTLE, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week, local leaders from large cities across the country are joining fellow local and regional officials, senior business executives, economic officials and Chinese mayors and executives in facilitating economic relationships between China and the U.S. in order to bring international businesses to U.S. cities and expand foreign trade relationships.
Hosted by the National League of Cities, the Leadership Academy on Local Economic Competitiveness in a Global Era is taking place Tuesday through Thursday in Seattle. U.S. local officials will have the opportunity, in a session facilitated by the Department of Commerce, to directly engage several foreign businesses seeking job-creating investment opportunities in U.S. cities. Industries represented will include high-tech R&D, pharmaceuticals, aviation and space, auto manufacturing and high-speed transport/expressways.
Members of the media are invited to attend portions of the event, Download a complete schedule: http://goo.gl/D1XWU.
Charlotte, NC, Council MemberJames E. Mitchell Jr., NLC President
Avondale, Ariz., Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers, NLC 2nd Vice President
Charlotte, NC, Council Member Nancy Carter
Chattanooga, Tenn., MayorRon Littlefield
Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Mark Funkhouser
Oakland, Calif., Vice Mayor Desley Brooks
Salt Lake City MayorRalph Becker
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn
Seattle Council PresidentRichard Conlin
Shanghai Vice Mayor Tu Guangshao
Rebecca Blank, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce
Marisa Lago, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Other U.S. local and regional officials, business executives and economic officials
Chinese government officials, mayors and vice mayors, economic officials and senior business executives (cities represented include Chongqing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Xian, Taizhou and Weifang)
What: Leadership Academy on Local Economic Competitiveness in a Global Era
When: April 19-21, 2011
Opening Press Conference: Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m. PDT
The National League of Cities is the nation's oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.