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


USHCA Chairman Bob Holden will be hosting Liz Schrayer, President and CEO of U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and Ward Klein, former CEO of Energizer Holdings, Inc. and previously Chairman of the Board for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in a discussion on the Heartland’s Global Impact, specifically in China, through the region’s national security, economic and humanitarian efforts.

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

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Putting intercultural competency into action A preview of the Asia Society Bridge program which facilitates diverse US – China intercultural engagement through Story Circles Tuesday, August 8.25.20 12-1:30 pm EST Register Today Featured speaker –

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