updated: 5/4/2010 4:09:32 PM
Economic development officials in Johnson County are hoping a recent trip to Asia will lead to more investment. Franklin Mayor Fred Paris led a two-week business mission to Japan and China. During the trip, he entered into a sister city agreement with the District of Luqiao in China and met with several companies that already have a presence in the Franklin area.
Source: Inside INdiana Business
Franklin, IN – Mayor Fred Paris has returned to Franklin following a two-week business development trip to Asia.
Paris traveled to Japan and China during his trip, visiting with companies already located in Franklin as well as potential businesses looking for American locations.
“One cannot help but appreciate how lucky Franklin is to have so many large Asian partners already involved in Franklin like Toyota, NSK, KYB and Mitsubishi. I hope all the citizens of Franklin can see how important it is to seek out global companies to continue to keep Franklin jobs alive and growing in an ever changing world,” Paris said.
One company Paris visited while in Japan was Mitsubishi, which plans to expand operations in Franklin.
“It was great to sit down with their leadership and walk through their business plan for the next few years,” Paris said.
In China, Paris formally entered into a sister city agreement with the District of Luqiao, following months of dialogue.
“Having a sister city relationship with Luqiao is really exciting,” Paris said. “They were absolutely thrilled to have us there, and we look forward to many opportunities for cultural and economic partnership in the future,” he said.
Cheryl Morphew, CEO of the Johnson County Development Corporation, also traveled with Paris to attract companies to Franklin and Johnson County.
“This trip was important because maintaining relationships with our vested Asian partners is critical to the continued success of Johnson County’s employment and tax base. Our exploration into China was the natural next step to working in a global marketplace, and we hope to see more investment in our community as a result,” Morphew said.
Franklin College professor Yu-Long Ling, whom Paris appointed as Franklin’s Asian Affairs Liaison, also traveled with the mayor.
“Even though I have visited China many times, this was the first time I went as part of the governmental contingent. Since I was born in China and now live in the United States, both places have special places in my heart,” Ling said.
“When I witnessed Mayor Paris' efforts to establish business and cultural ties with China and the positive responses received from the people of Luqiao and Shanghai, I could not help but feel proud that I was able to serve as a bridge between parties making my job worthwhile and important,” Ling said.
For more information about Luqiao, visit: http://www.luqiao.gov.cn/En/.
Source: City of Franklin