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Levy Signs ‘Sister County Agreement’ in China as Step Toward Enhancing Business Opportunities in Suffolk

Making History: County Executive Steve Levy (seated, left) signs a Memorandum of Understanding encouraging economic development involving a province of China and Suffolk, which will continue working toward business and trade agreements that will advance both regions

County Executive Steve Levy issued this release:

Zhanjian City, China – Suffolk Executive Steve Levy and economic development chief Yves Michel recently traveled to Xuwen County, China, where Levy signed a ‘sister county agreement’ and continued forging relationships with top governmental and business leaders as part of his goal to bring new jobs to Suffolk.

“The trip confirmed our view that economic opportunities exist for Suffolk in the global marketplace, and that we should market our area’s benefits aggressively,” said Levy. “Our available real estate, our highly-educated workforce and our proximity to New York City make Suffolk a very attractive location and provide a tremendous competitive advantage for companies looking to establish themselves in the United States.”

The trip was set in motion by a recent meeting in Suffolk involving Levy, Michel and the New York City-based Asian-American Council. Top governmental and business officials in China had asked the council for advice about locating new business ventures in the metropolitan area, and the council suggested Suffolk after learning about the county’s foreign trade zone and other advantages.

The council made the China trip possible and assisted Levy and Michel throughout the trip’s duration. Meetings were held with high-ranking government officials and investors from regions including Hong Kong, Bejing and Xuwen.

Suffolk Economic Development Commissioner Michel noted, “This trip was an important step toward increasing our county’s presence in emerging global markets, and with our foreign trade zone (FTZ), we are in a great position to attract additional foreign investment to Suffolk.” Michel explained that FTZ benefits may include tariff relief, duty exemptions and some tax relief.

While on the trip, Levy signed a Memorandum of Understanding “establishing a relationship of cooperation and exchange” between Suffolk and Xuwen County, which is located in southern China. The document formalizes the parties’ intent to continue working toward business and trade agreements that will advance both counties.

Levy’s trip itinerary included numerous meetings and investment roundtable discussions with influential business leaders; a reception at Zhanjiang Port and World Geology Park; an official conference with the Xuwen County Executive and other top executives; an informational session at the “Forest Protection Zone,” and an exchange of ideas and business practices at the Giamya Industry District.

Suffolk officials are expecting to welcome at least one prominent Chinese investor in late July. County officials will provide a tour of various sites for potential opportunities.

See Highlights of Suffolk Executive Steve Levy’s Trip to China

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7 comments to Levy Signs ‘Sister County Agreement’ in China as Step Toward Enhancing Business Opportunities in Suffolk

  • WHAT!!!???

    Who does he think he is? An agreement County to County? From another Country????

    He is acting like the President of the United States, isn’t he on his way out? How can he be allowed to make decisions like this?

  • Are you kidding me?

    This is a joke, right? Can Mr. Levy PLEASE stay there in China?? Does he HAVE to come back here to Suffolk County??? Who paid for this trip anyway?

  • Marshall Field

    If Levy was so bad that Spota had him give up his political career why is he allowed to be in China making deals ?You can not trust Spota. This Levy deal is probably no better than past deals with China at all levels of government and look where that took us. Where broke China’s economy is booming. My how the mighty have fallen.

  • There's a method...

    I thought Suffolk was in a financial crisis. Where did the money to pay for this ridiculous junket come from? Oh, right. Guess Levy’s out getting what he can while the getting is still good, but this is just too bizarre to wrap my mind around.

  • Frank stinks

    Let’s realize that Bellone will be just as bad as Levy


    Steve Bellone will be such a breath of fresh air!!! Cannot wait to see him elected!

  • Ughhh

    Is Levy still here? Haven’t heard much from him recently, thank God. Can’t wait for the new county executive to take over!

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