Kokomo Mayor to Lead Delegation to China

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight will Monday lead a small delegation on a week-long trip to China. The mayor will join other local representatives on a visit to Kokomo’s sister city, Dongyang.

The city says the delegation will spend the trip meeting with leaders from six Chinese companies and will also take part in a luncheon with commerce leaders from various sectors, including manufacturing, auto, medical, hospitality and others.

“By traveling to their region, we can strengthen our relationship with Dongyang government and business officials,” said Charlie Sparks, chief executive officer of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, who is part of the delegation. “Part of our mission is to discuss opportunities to attract direct foreign investment to our community.”

The sister city partnership between Kokomo and Dongyang began in January 2013. The city says the trip is part of an ongoing effort to strengthen ties between the two cities.

Goodnight and Sparks will be joined by Howard County Commissioner Paul Wyman. The delegation will leave Monday and return Saturday, December 9.