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Mayor John Schultz and Adams County Economic Development Director Larry Macklin will be heading to China next month, looking to make some business connections, it was learned at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
They will be part of a contingent of 25 or so people invited to join a trip organized by the office of Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman. This year's trip will mark the 25th such venture led by the same office.
Council unanimously approved taking $6,000 from council funds to pay for the June 11-18 visit.
Earlier in the day, the Adams County Economic Development Commission approved a payment for Macklin, Schultz said.
"This is not a sight-seeing trip; we won't be going to the Great Wall and all that," the mayor stressed. It will be to establish ties with business and industry in China.
"It's important that we establish a relationship," he continued, adding that he didn't expect any immediate returns, but was looking to the future.
He said he hoped to set up a "sister city" link as Fort Wayne did recently.
City Attorney Tim Baker explained that a similar trip by the mayor of Connersville eventually resulted in two Chinese companies setting up operations in that Indiana community.
And, Baker added, the relationships established could open doors in China for local business such as Bunge and others.