Auburn Mayor Jason Levesque will be visiting China in September. He will travel there on September 12 with Auburn’s Economic & Community Development Director Michael Chammings to promote tourism, education and economic development. They will return home on September 24.
The visit, which is sponsored by the current owner of Prospect Hill Golf Course, will include meetings on tourism, factory tours, conversations to explore educational exchanges, and the investment of Asian capital in Auburn’s economy.
“Considering the current national dialogue on trade, embargoes and tariffs, we are reminded that all economic development is local,” said Levesque. “Auburn can’t wait for politicians in Washington to determine our future. We need to seek creative solutions and build new, mutually-beneficial relationships with potential investors to ensure that when the opportunity arises, we are at the top of their list.”
The trip will highlight educational opportunities, large-scale, commercial agricultural projects and manufacturing, while building and enhancing new and current relationships. Our goal is to project Auburn as the bridge between Maine and Asia, connecting Maine-made products to world-wide consumers via Auburn’s first-class logistic infrastructure and workforce. “What’s good for Auburn is good for Maine,” said Levesque.
“We are part of a world economy,” said Chammings. “Auburn has the potential to be a real player on the world stage. This is a great opportunity for Auburn and for Maine.”
Connectivity permitting, the Mayor and Michael Chammings will be updating the residents of Auburn regularly. Watch for posts and photos on the City’s website – www.auburnmaine.gov – and social media pages.