Business Synergies and Opportunities Between Indianapolis and China?
2014-05-09

Dean Xiang Discusses Business Synergies and Opportunities Between Indianapolis and China

Dean Xiang Bing of CKGSB with Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc. (left) and John Lechleiter, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eli Lilly and Company (right)

On Friday, May 9th, CKGSB Dean Xiang Bing led a full day of high-level Indiana-China business meetings with Indianapolis business and education sector elites. The meetings were co-hosted by the America China Society of Indiana, Open Prairie Advisors and The International Center.

The day began with a breakfast presentation featuring a keynote speech by Dean Xiang on China’s economic transformation, and was attended by more than 50 local business leaders, Indianapolis officials and academics.

Dean Xiang also participated in closed-door roundtables with key CEOs and senior business leaders from Indiana’s top agriculture, medical devices and healthcare companies to discuss industry sector synergies between China and Indiana. Topics of discussion included potential inbound investments to the Midwest from China, outbound investment opportunities for multinationals headquartered in Indianapolis, and upcoming U.S.-China collaboration plans for business, government and education players in Indiana.

CEO / Presidents Networking Lunch, hosted by CKGSB Dean Xiang Bing (middle)

“There are immense economic synergies and growth opportunities between the Midwest and China, and CKGSB is excited to be able to help play a role in facilitating greater U.S.-China private-public sector collaboration in Indianapolis,” said Greg Marchi, Chief Representative of CKGSB Americas.

Colin Renk, Executive Director of the America China Society of Indiana, said: “Thanks to our world-class universities and business-friendly atmosphere, our state is fast-becoming an attractive location for Chinese investment.”

“Indiana today embraces and is ripe for foreign investment, presenting a vastly different landscape than even a few short decades ago,” said Diane Thomas, president and CEO of the International Center. “This week’s blending of top academic minds from China and business elites from Indiana is indicative of the spirit of collaboration that makes and keeps Indiana competitive in the foreign investment arena.”

The day ended with a tour of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Brickyard 400. The day-long event was a big success, and what CKGSB hopes to be the beginning of a fruitful and exciting longstanding relationship with the city of Indianapolis and its business leaders.

For more information about the America China Society of Indiana, please click here.

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