FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Contact: Carrie Lynch, 704-336-5863
Mayor Anthony Foxx and a delegation of local business and civic leaders have been traveling throughout China meeting with Chinese government and business leaders. Additionally, the delegation has grown the relationship between Baoding and Charlotte beyond that of a traditional sister city.
As part of the visit, the Mayor and delegates have been meeting with leaders in the hi-tech, energy and environmental industries to learn more about how China is manufacturing and using technologies to help build greener, more sustainable cities. Delegates have toured the Baoding New and Hi-Tech Zone as well as ENN’s EcoCity and Solar Facility.
These efforts are a component of the EcoPartnership program that includes participation from the City of Charlotte, the Chinese City of Langfang, Duke Energy and the ENN Group. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of State and the People’s Republic of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). It focuses on and encourages a wide range of collaborative public-private activities designed to stimulate innovation and sustainable economic development.
The EcoPartnership focuses on cleaner energy generation, smart grid technologies, energy storage and energy efficiency solutions. The larger EcoPartnership collaboration will be complemented by best-practice sharing at the municipal level. Specifically, the cities of Charlotte and Langfang will collaborate on promoting energy efficiency education and encouraging local community action.
Foxx stated during a telepresence briefing local media held Tuesday, November 15, that the relationship between public sector leaders is just as important as the relationship between the private sector leaders and the opportunity to interact face-to- face will build on the relationships that have been forged between our delegation and our energy partners.
“These face-to-face conversations reinforce collaborations and have tangible results,” said Mayor Foxx at a telepresence briefing local media.
Additionally, members of the delegation worked with representatives from all four EcoPartners to develop an action plan which identified two projects in which the City of Charlotte would participate. The projects include future cultural exchanges and build upon energy efficiency efforts already underway through the City’s Neighborhood Energy Challenge and Commercial Building Retrofit programs.
For more information about the City of Charlotte’s role in the EcoPartnership, visit the Power2 Charlotte website
While in China, Mayor Foxx and the delegation have also visited with E. E. Waddell Language Academy’s pen pals at an elementary school in Langfang and hosted a telepresence with Charlotte media.
Video of the telepresence and pictures of the delegation in China can be found at the Mayor’s web page
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