by Andrew Schunk
TWINSBURG Bulletin EDITOR
Twinsburg -- Two mayors are hoping a recent trip to Asia will produce jobs in Northeast Ohio -- specifically at the more than 2.2 million square feet of industrial land at the corner of East Aurora and Chamberlin roads.
Touting the historic rubber and automotive and burgeoning medical industries in their own regions, Twinsburg Mayor Katherine Procop and Reminderville Mayor Sam Alonso traveled 6,500 miles Feb. 27 with 23 other members of the Summit County Mayors Association to meet with Chinese business leaders, young entrepreneurs and government counterparts during a 10-day economic development junket.
"We pitched the area," Alonso said. "We focused on why they should bring their businesses here, and we hopefully formed some partnerships to bring jobs back here."
Procop said the trip was "overwhelming," but well worth it to market the site of the former Chrysler Stamping Plant, the city of Akron's rubber industry and the region's industrial and academic benefits.
The 25-person contingency also included Fairlawn Mayor William Roth, Canton Mayor William Healy, two representatives from Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic's office and Summit County Executive Russ Pry.
Procop and Alonso said the sharp business acumen of the young Chinese men and women in cities like Beijing and Qingdao was impressive. Many are in their 20s and 30s, they said, already with extensive résumés.
The trip cost $6,000 per person, with the Summit County Mayors Association funding half and the individual communities funding half.
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