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Mayor Bowser to Lead District Delegation on China Trade Mission

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Muriel Bowser will lead a District delegation on an economic development mission to China from November 7th-14th. The goal of the trip is to increase investment in the District; highlight ongoing and emerging partnerships between industries in DC, Beijing and Shanghai; and create more pathways to the middle class for District residents.

“This mission will demonstrate to our partners in China that the District is a thriving economy and a great investment,” said Mayor Bowser. “Our delegation represents the best of the nation’s capital, and we have an opportunity to both strengthen ties abroad and create more pathways to the middle class here at home. Our goal is to attract more direct foreign investment, generate jobs for DC residents, further diversify our local economy, and bolster tourism in the nation’s capital.”

Mayor Bowser will be accompanied by other District officials, including Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner.  The delegation will also include leaders from Georgetown University, Children’s Medical Center, Federal City Council, DC Chamber of Commerce, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Destination DC, and the DC Economic Partnership. Collectively, the delegation represents the strength and diversity of the District’s economy, and demonstrates that DC is a global leader in innovation, international trade and development.

During the mission, the Mayor’s team will discuss District investment opportunities with Chinese officials and businesses, and will strengthen partnerships around economic development, trade, innovation, education and tourism.

The trip will begin in Beijing, where Mayor Bowser and her team will meet with Chinese businesses and government officials, including the Mayor of Beijing, to extend our Sister City agreement and discuss bilateral investment opportunities and continued collaboration between Chinese and U.S. startups. The Mayor will meet with U.S. Ambassador Max Baucus about U.S. diplomacy in China and economic opportunities for District businesses in Asia.
Mayor Bowser will then visit Shanghai, where she will meet with Mayor Yang Xiong and provide District real estate development firms and small businesses with an opportunity to pitch their projects and services to Chinese investors. Mayor Bowser will also participate in 1776’s Challenge Cup, where Chinese startups will pitch their innovative solutions to address challenges in the education, energy, sustainability, health, and transportation sectors.
This trip is part of the Bowser Administration’s continued efforts to build on the relationships that have been fostered between District businesses, academic and health institutions and China. The delegation is focused on attracting additional foreign direct investment in the District, inviting Chinese companies to invest in DC’s underserved communities, and create new partnership agreements between DC-based health and education institutions and China-based universities.
In addition to Mayor Bowser, the District’s delegation are:

  • Gizachew Andargeh, DMPED International Business Manager
  • Pia Brown, DMPED Hospitality & Tourism Manager
  • Jeff DeWitt, Chief Financial Officer for the District of Columbia
  • Jack Evans, Ward 2 Councilmember
  • John Falcicchio, Chief of Staff to Mayor Bowser
  • Brian Kenner, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
  • Karima Woods, DMPED Interim Director of Business Development & Strategy

Additional members of the District’s delegation from the private and non-profit sectors are:

  • Theresa Belpulsi, Destination DC
  • Buwa Binitie, Dantes Partners
  • Tyler Brown, Mass Influence
  • Vanessa Casas, Destination DC
  • John DeGioia, Georgetown University
  • Jim Dinegar, Greater Washington Board of Trade
  • Jeff Edelstein, Roadside Development
  • Christina Ferguson
  • Elliott Ferguson, DestinationDC
  • David Franco, Level 2 Development
  • Solomon Keene, Jr., Hotel Association of Washington, DC
  • Caroline Kenney, Urban Atlantic
  • Tonya Kinlow, Children’s Medical Center
  • Ashanthi Kiridena, HIT2BS
  • Dash Kiridena, HIT2BS
  • Richard Lake, Roadside Development
  • Joshua Lopez, Olimpic Strategies
  • Yi Lu, Destination DC
  • Brian McLaughlin, Lantian Development
  • J.R. Meyers, The Meyers Group
  • Karen Meyers, The Meyers Group
  • David Morris, DC Regional Center
  • Kurt Newman, Children’s Medical Center
  • Scott Nordheimer, Urban Atlantic
  • Jose Ortiz, Asurface
  • Tony Pierce, Akin Gump Law Firm
  • Debbie Ratner Salzberg, Forest City
  • Keith Sellars, Washington, DC Economic Partnership
  • Babu Stephen, Healthcare Consultant
  • Rory Veevers-Carter, FlightLookup
  • Mayor Anthony Williams, Federal City Council
  • Harry Wingo, DC Chamber of Commerce

For more information on the DC China Center, visit