United States Heartland China Association


Cooperation. Respect. Mutual Benefit.


United States Heartland Association (USHCA) is a 501(c)3 bipartisan organization committed to building stronger ties between USHCA Region (20 states located in the USA between the Great Lakes to the Gulf) and the People’s Republic of China. Our focus will be on Trust Building efforts connecting government officials; business leaders; educational and community interests with like minded institutions between the Heartland Region and the People’s Republic of China.

Our Mission

To build better, mutually beneficial relationships between the People’s Republic of China and the U.S. Heartland Region by bringing together leaders to foster educational ties for exchange programs that bring together students from both nations, and to promote trade and cultural cooperation. Our efforts seek relationships and partnerships that represent the best our region has to offer and, in turn, we seek the same from the People’s Republic of China. We exclude no one; mutual integrity is our commitment.


The original organization was founded by U.S. Senator Adlai Stevenson (IL); John Rogers, Lawyer and Professor; and Governor Bob Holden (MO), former Chairman of the Midwest Governors Association. Its region covered 12 Midwestern states. In 2018, it expanded to include eight more and then welcomed the support of organizations and individuals such as the China-US Exchange Foundation and the former CEO of Emerson, Ed Monser.

The 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.

The U.S. Heartland is the birthplace of many prominent governmental leaders. The last 3 immediate past United States presidents come from the Heartland region. The leaders of the U.S. House and Senate as well as more than 30 cabinet members are from our region; and we are well represented in the US Conference of Mayors and the National Governors Association.

The USHCA leadership has vast experience in both business and education that uniquely position the organization to forge deep and productive relationships between the U.S. and China.


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