DOTHAN, AL -- The U.S.-China Business Symposium is three weeks away. More than 300 Chinese business people are expected to converge on Dothan for the three-day event from March 26-28.
The City of Dothan is preparing up to host the three-day summit, which could generate new business for Southeast Alabama. Chinese businesses have already moved into area's like Thomasville and Monroeville in west Alabama.
Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz has been one of the driving forces behind the upcoming symposium, making several trips to China as part of a delegation of southern mayors. He was joined on Thursday by several other key members of the planning committee for the upcoming event.
Among those joining Schmitz was Bob Theune, the president of B.D. Ventures. After traveling to China, Theune says Chinese businesses would be a good fit in Southeast Alabama.
Theune says these businesses care for their employees, and working conditions in factories and other facilities. Theune adds this should create a good atmosphere for prospective American employees.
Mayor Schmitz agrees, adding this area should embrace the upcoming symposium and the opportunities it presents.
"We're looking for industry and manufacturing," Schmitz said. "Whether it be copper tubing, auto parts, LED lights, there's several companies that are interested in building manufacturing plants in the United States, and we believe, made in Alabama or Dothan, is the place to be."
The Dothan Civic Center will be the primary staging area for the upcoming Symposium.
AND WORKING CONDITIONS.
HE SAYS THAT CREATES A GOOD ATMOSPHERE FOR PROSPECTIVE AMERICAN EMPLOYEES.
MAYOR SCHMITZ SAYS THE WIREGRASS SHOULD EMBRACE CHINESE INVESTMENT.