Locals Weigh in on the U.S. - China Symposium

By: Rachel Yonkunas Email
By: Rachel Yonkunas Email

Jill Williams moved to Dothan one year ago. She never imagined the southern city would capture international attention. As executive director of Dothan’s Downtown Group, Williams said the U.S. – China Symposium is good for the city's growth.

“Culture is very important, and unique different cultures are very important to shape a community. And the more cultural environments that folks around here are exposed to, the more rich as a community we will become,” she said.

Many people are surprised such a big event is coming to Dothan. Others are looking at it as a way to showcase the Wiregrass to the world

A Dothan resident and symposium volunteer, Ann Bott, said, “Dothan's full of great, talented, educated people. We’ve got strong leadership. So just release those fears and be really open.”

“When you see the number one glove manufacturer in the world, and what an impressive woman she is, and to have her say I just absolutely love Dothan, and she’s bringing a business to Alabama, it’s absolutely amazing,” Williams added.

During the March symposium, the Downtown Group will host an international Foster Fest. Williams said they'll have a $250 "best in show" car prize, and entertainment from the Far East will collide with the Southeast.

Email jill@dothandowntowngroup.com if you are interested in volunteering at the U.S. – China Manufacturing Symposium in March.

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