New Innovation Center to be Announced at Detroit Chinese Business Association Golf Event


Details about the recently established Michigan-China Innovation Center in downtown Detroit will be announced at the Detroit Chinese Business Association’s 21st annual International Golf Open event, to be held Sept. 20 in Bloomfield Hills.

Located at 1001 Woodward Ave., the nonprofit center, which will receive $5 million over a 5-year span from the Michigan Strategic Fund, is headed by executive director Brian Connors, formerly the China business development manager for Michigan Economic Development Corp.

The facility will provide a space where the Detroit Chinese Business Association, businesses, government leaders, and more, can work together to facilitate investments and relationships.

“(The Michigan-China Innovation Center) ushers in the new era in Michigan’s pursuit of engaging Chinese companies to come to Michigan,” says Milan Stevanovich, vice president of the Detroit Chinese Business Association. “We’re all focused on what it’s going to do to bring foreign-direct investments and collaborations with China.”

Officials with the association will also share information at the event about upcoming trade missions to China in November as well as how Michigan businesses can best capitalize on opportunities with China.

Stevanovich says representatives from Taizhou China Medical City, China’s largest producer of medications, are among a group of Chinese entrepreneurs expected to be at the event looking for investment and opportunities in health care, biotech, manufacturing, and more.

A 12-person delegation of Chinese businessmen and investors will also be in town to attend the outing and tours and meetings the following day.

“(The golf outing) is one of our major economic platform events that is designed to bring people into Michigan who might not otherwise come here,” Stevanovich says.

Tickets for the event, to be held at Forest Lake Country Club, start at $250 and include a breakfast, lunch, dinner, keynote presentations, and golfing.

Last year’s International Golf Open included representation from multiple countries and over 150 participants from mainly the global and regional automotive and manufacturing sectors.

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