As part of the US Heartland China Association’s goal of putting a regional face on economic development opportunities in the Heartland, the following committees have been created to make intraregional connections, share news and information, and drive regional-level initiatives in their areas.
- Agriculture, Chair: Jim Schultz
- Economic Development
- Environment, Infrastructure & Energy
- Heartland Chinese Companies
- Heartland Chambers of Commerce*
- Policy, Chair: David Firestein
- Research, Chair: Dr. Yawei Liu
- Service & Retail
Chairperson: Jim Schultz
The agriculture committee combines resources from business, government and academia to create cross-border opportunities in this very important part of the Heartland’s economy and identity.
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The Economic Development Committee works with stakeholders in government, business and education to foster the environments needed to create and maintain jobs.
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Chairperson: Blaine Brownell
The Education Committee brings together resources in K12 and higher education to apply research, expertise, and new entrants to the workforce to US-China collaboration.
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Tourism - Sports/Esports - Entertainment
Chairperson: Perry Jeter Jr.
Tourism, sports, and entertainment are global and US-China cooperation in these spaces can bring out the best in us.
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Service and Retail
The Service and Retail Committee serves Chinese and American organizations in the food service, retail sales, franchising, and hospitality industries. For many members, there will be natural synergies with the Manufacturing and Tourism-Sports/eSports-Enterntainment Committees.
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Manufacturing is an important part of the Heartland’s economic vitality: as the region has moved from labor-intensive production to advanced manufacturing, regional manufacturing companies have much expertise to share in the areas of process management, HR, and logistics.
Members: Amos Smith
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Environment, Infrastructure & Energy
The Environment Committee focuses on leveraging expertise and technology in China and the US to create sustainable living environments for people, flora and fauna.
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