United States Heartland China Association

Our Mission - US Heartland-China Association

Our Mission


The Golden Gate Bridge. The Mackinac Bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge and the other great bridges of New York. Gaze up in awe at any of them and you will quickly appreciate both the nearly insurmountable challenge of building them and the undeniable importance of having them. Without them, great cities and great communities might never have come to be. With them, commerce and communities flourish.

But 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 and commerce also flourish.

The United States Heartland-China Association is a bridge builder. USHCA was founded as the Midwest U.S.-China Association by U.S. Senator Adlai Stevenson III of Illinois, Chicago attorney and professor John Rogers and Missouri Governor and former Midwest Governors Association chair Bob Holden. The organization works to build bridges between China and the U.S. Heartland, the vast and economically powerful region extending from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico and from the Ohio Valley to the foothills of the Rockies.

USHCA is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the state of Illinois. Its current leadership includes Chairman Bob Holden (Missouri), President Galal Walker (Ohio), Treasurer Sarah Burkemper (Missouri), Executive VP James Xue (Illinois), Finance Chairman Ed Monser (Missouri), Policy Committee Chairman David Firestein (Texas), Senior Advisor Liu Yawei, and Executive Director, Patrick McAloon. Its mission is to leverage hubs of outstanding economic and social capital in the 20-state Heartland Region to establish mutually-beneficial relationships between Chinese and American organizations, promoting trans-national investment and creating jobs.

USHCA offers the language, business and organizational expertise to guide its members and supporters through the sometimes complex maze of trans-Pacific commerce. The organization relies on the expertise of individuals and organizations who have "been there and done that," aiding and promoting successful trans-Pacific partnerships in both the U.S. and China. USHCA understands that building commercial and cultural bridges is a business of relationships and it has built the governmental and commercial relationships that can lead to success.

USCHA is building the bridges -- through trade missions, commercial fairs, student and cultural exchanges, educational programs and personal outreach to key business, governmental and cultural leaders. We invite you to join us.