Not all bridges are built of concrete and steel.

Equally important bridges are built on friendship, cultural communion and commercial cooperation.

Where these bridges exist, communities flourish.

USHCA at a Glance

Our Mission:

To foster and support a positive, productive, and mutually beneficial relationship between the United States and China by creating more channels of collaboration and opportunities for economic growth in the American Heartland Region.

Our Values:

Integrity, cooperation, respect, and mutual benefit.

Our program focus areas:

Exchanges in culture, education, and business.

Advocating for the US Heartland since 2003

USHCA is building bridges

through trade missions, commercial fairs, student and cultural exchanges, educational programs and personal outreach to key business, governmental and cultural leaders.

USHCA History

Originally the Midwest U.S.-China Foundation, USHCA was founded by U.S. Senator Adlai Stevenson (IL); John Rodgers, Lawyer and Professor, and Governor Bob Holden (MO), former Chairman of the Midwest Governors Association. 

U.S. Heartland

USHCA covers 20 states that stretch from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. 430 Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered in 84 of the cities within the Heartland region. Our mayors lead 37 of the 100 largest cities in the United States. Our national GDP ranks 1st in the world. Remove our region from this analysis and the European Union would rank 1st, China 2nd, United States 3rd.

Upcoming Programs and Events

USHCA at Work

TBD, 2020 at Eastern Michigan Univ.

provides nursing researchers and practitioners in the U.S. and Chinese speaking world to share experiences working together, suggest methods for improved cooperation …read more

USHCA in partnership with Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI) and China US Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) will host the first Infrastructure Delegation to China …read more

We all know that trusting relationships are a necessary prerequisite for successful cooperation. Join a USHCA mayors delegation to China and …read more

The Way Forward: U.S. - Current Challenges to U.S. - China Educational Collaboration

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EST
Date: Tuesday – June 23rd , 2020

In these difficult times, with public health concerns and growing challenges to trade, economic growth and global cooperation, the headwinds facing educational collaboration between the Heartland (and the U.S. as a whole) and China are no exception.

This webinar, featuring experts and policy makers, will explore the challenges to U.S. – China educational collaboration and how to sustain and even advance the significant progress that has been made over the past 40 years.

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News and Updates

U.S. China Trade and the Future of Agriculture in the Heartland

A significant portion of the US agricultural exports to China is produced in the heartland region. With the recent trade tension and, now, COVID-19 impact, the agriculture industry in the heartland is facing a lot of uncertainties and challenges.

In this webinar, we will join a panel of agricultural industry veterans, policy makers, and investors to explore the opportunities and challenges for the future of agriculture in the heartland.

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USHCA Secures PPE Donations for Heartland States

USHCA Secures 240,000 masks from Wanxiang Automotive While COVID-19 cases increased rapidly in coastal cities like NYC and Los Angeles, many cities in the heartland states braced for an eventual impact in their local community.  Their preparation efforts quickly ran into a hurdle – not enough PPE. U.S. Heartland China Association, through our connections with

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