Greetings and welcome to Cincinnati.
Or in other words:
University of Cincinnati welcomed nearly 1,000 new international students to its ranks this week. They landed at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (more colloquially known as CVG) early this week and received simple toiletries — how nice — and a free ride to their new homes.
Oh yeah and one third (about 250 students) are from China. The other large groups come from India and Saudi Arabia mostly, but our sources; i.e. the international office, say the largest group is the Chinese students.
We’re throwing a party for them tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 15) from 2 to 5 pm at the 86 Club on Short Vine. If you have the time, come join us. We’ll have food, music, games and prizes. A panel of Chinese professionals who live in Cincinnati will also join us to talk about life in the Queen City.
Our goal is to engage this community and help to thrive in Cincinnati. We hope they study hard, graduate fast and get jobs locally. The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce has found that 72 percent of international students want to stay in Cincinnati. It makes sense to help them gain the best opportunities possible.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley kicked off his immigration task force July 24 and the Chinese Chamber has been added to the ranks.
The mayor surrounded himself with about 80 of the volunteers who will make up this task force during a press conference in the marbled corridors of Music Hall this month and he made it quite clear that his focus is direct foreign investment.
It’s been a project of his since the beginning; the endeavor is just now gaining traction.
Attracting more foreign-born people to live, work and invest here makes the region more competitive. And it draws new sources of capital, innovation, productivity and excitement, Cranley said.
The Chinese Chamber has been added to the committee chaired by Bob Stevie, treasurer of Cincinnati Sister Cities, to attract foreigners to Cincinnati for possible investment and immigration.
Strikingly enough, the Chinese Chamber’s membership committee has been working on a program for which Stevie has shown much approval. In fact, a member of the membership committee is in China right now pitching the idea of tourist packages to Cincinnati. He will be speaking with Chinese tourism agencies and government officials about the opportunity.
The goal of this tourism program is to collaborate with local organizations to put together a lovely sightseeing package and set aside optional time for viewing residential areas, schools, universities, hospitals, etc. We want to capture some of the billions of dollars that are spent by Chinese tourists travelling abroad, and if possible, entice them to live and work here.
After all, Cincinnati is far behind more vibrant cities in the nation of similar size when it comes to percentage of the population that was born abroad. Cincinnati’s percent of foreign-born residents stands at just 5 percent, compared to 13 percent nationwide. To become greater, Cincinnati needs more diversity. The Chinese Chamber will lend its strength to that effort.
We’ve seen some interesting reports on China’s economy as second quarter numbers are coming in.
Also, Super Typhoon Rammasun is roaring through southern China. The news web-o-sphere is showing some tragic photos. We hope for a speedy recovery.
And finally, the New York Times wrote a thought-provoking article on the duality of opinions when it comes to China’s rise of power on the geopolitical stage. The “Hawks” are saying it’s time for China to strut its stuff and begin to wield its newly earned diplomatic, economic and military power; while the “Doves” wish for a peaceful and harmonious culture forming out of new China. That’s a shallow summary. Nevertheless, read the article here.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel spent several days in China. She toured Chengdu and learned a thing about Sichaun food, arguably the best style of Chinese cuisine.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew are headed to Beijing this week to talk about intellectual property rights; China’s valuation of its currency, the yuan; cyberhacking; and maritime disputes in the South China Sea.
Also, today marked the 77th anniversary of the start of the resistance by the Chinese against the Japanese during the Second World War.
By Eric McGraw
More than three billion people around the world are expected to watch a World Cup match some time in the next month, truly making it the world’s biggest game. Yet for all this global madness there is a major – and vocal – group in the United States who condemn soccer, or (gasp) football, by offering the following examples:
- There’s not enough scoring and therefore not exciting.
- All the fake injuries and flopping on the ground ruins “the beautiful game.”
- The U.S. doesn’t dominate football on a global scale.
It is clear these opinions stem from comparing America’s popular sports like American football, basketball and baseball to soccer. True, many of our American heroes, both real and fictional, are derived from these homegrown sports, which shows what we value as a society. It doesn’t matter whether or not you know what the difference between a striker and a fullback is but what others perceive as your response to soccer could say something about your mindset, personal character and global business skills.
The negative opinions on soccer above might reveal a bit of ethnocentrism and closed-mindedness, which is a major deal killer in global business. Showing a bit of cultural appreciation and open-mindedness is a key factor in developing international relationships with your company staff, business partners and potential customers.
Start-ups are always looking for a game-winning leg-up.
In the case of 3DLT, they got just what they needed from the Chinese Chamber.
Our executive director, Evan Brooks, was approached late Tuesday night to help the Northern Kentucky start-up, 3DLT, make their pitch to Chinese investors at Silicon Valley this weekend. Evan knew right away that the chamber had to pool all of their resources into this opportunity: After all, bringing Chinese investment to the region is our No. 1 priority.
See the Cincinnati Enquirer story here
Earlier this year, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce approached many of the area’s international non-governmental organizations — Chinese Chamber included — to participate in an international trade summit called Merx.
According to a NKY Chamber official, this international trade summit has been held for many years, but only recently has it been called Merx. This year’s event, slated June 5 from 8 am to 1 pm, will feature panels organized by the international NGOs in the area whose experts will talk on the doing business in their respective regions. The Chinese Chamber, of course, will have a fine line-up of experts from both sides of the Pacific.
For more information and to register for Merx 2014, click this link now. Read more to learn about our panelists.