SEATTLE, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National League of Cities and the U.S. Departments of the Treasury and Commerce will facilitate a meeting to forge new global economic relationships between Chinese and U.S. cities. This is in coordination with NLC's Leadership Academy on Local Economic Competitiveness in a Global Era, held this week in Seattle.
More than 100 U.S. local and regional officials from across the country will join senior business executives, economic officials and Chinese mayors to exchange innovative solutions to core issues of local economic growth. U.S. local officials will learn strategies to attract international investment and expand foreign trade relationships. They also will have the opportunity, in a session facilitated by the Department of Commerce, to directly engage foreign businesses seeking job-creating U.S. investment opportunities.
Members of the media are invited to attend portions of the event. Download a complete schedule: http://goo.gl/D1XWU.
Rebecca Blank, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce
Marisa Lago, Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Development, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn
Seattle Council President Richard Conlin
NLC President James E. Mitchell Jr., Council Member, Charlotte NC
Shanghai Vice Mayor Tu Guangshao
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 Shanghai, Chongqing, Xi'an, Wuxiand Weifang)
What: Leadership Academy on Local Economic Competitiveness in a Global Era
When: April 19-21, 2011 Media Availability: Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m. PDT through close of conference Press Event/Welcome Ceremony: Tuesday, April 19, 2:30 p.m. PDT
Where: Seattle Sheraton Hotel 1400 Sixth Avenue Seattle, WA 98101
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.