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Mathis to attend U.S.-China Manufacturing Symposium next month

One local official plans to be in attendance next month at the U.S.-China Manufacturing Symposium to be held in Dothan, AL.
Grady County Joint Development Authority Executive Director Chadd Mathis briefed authority members on the upcoming event that promises to bring together businessmen and officials from the U.S. and China.
The city of Dothan is partnering with SoZo Group, which is an investment advisory and economic development company with offices in the U.S. and Hong Kong. Two previous symposiums held in Alabama attracted nearly 300 Chinese entrepreneurs, according to the symposium’s website.
Mathis said this week he is hoping to learn how Grady County can attract investment from China and develop relationships with potential new manufacturers.
An informational meeting was held Feb. 7 in Dothan and SoZo Group Chief Executive Officer Ray Cheng met with elected and community leaders, including Mathis at the Dothan Opera House.
The Dothan Eagle newspaper reported that Cheng said the goal of the symposium is to build sustainable relationships and allow companies on both sides to exchange ideas, create job opportunities and bridge both business and cultural gaps.
Thomasville, AL, Mayor Sheldon Day was reported as saying, “You don’t have to travel to China to recruit Chinese business.”
“It’s very interesting what they are doing in Dothan. I’m planning on attending and hopefully something will come of it in the future,” Mathis said.
With just over a month before the event is to take place the symposium website did not have a program agenda uploaded to its website.
The cost of attending the event, according to the website, is $799 per person plus travel, room and board.

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