Respect. Integrity. Cooperation. Mutual Benefit
To build better, mutually beneficial relationships between the US Heartland Region and the People’s Republic of China 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 in 2003 as the Midwest China Association 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 originally. In 2018, it expanded to serve the 20 states from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and changed its name to the United States Heartland China Association. Even though the American Heartland region is our focus, we work with communities throughout the United States where our programs can create value.
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.