Mary Ma
Mary Ma(Illinois China Office, Managing Director)
  • :+86.21.6279.7038
  • :Shanghai Centre, Suite 631, 1376 Nanjing Road West, Shanghai
Illinois brief
Illinois – Heartland of the USA

Illinois is situated in the heart of the American Midwest on the shores of Lake Michigan and east of the great Mississippi River.  It is a major world center for production, trade, and transport. Taking 56,400 square miles, Illinois is the approximate size of England and Wales combined, or the size of Germany’s Bavaria alone.  The state has a population of nearly 13 million with over 700,000 Asians.  Illinois is a major player in business but also offers something for everyone: from Blues to baseball, Willis to McCormick, art to architecture. In addition to its world-class museums, such as the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum. 

Illinois – America’s Transport Hub

Illinois is home to O’Hare International Airport, one of the world’s busiest, which is served by all of the major international carriers.  The airport handles more than 75 million travelers each year.  Illinois also boasts two of the nation’s largest rail gateways – Chicago, the nation’s primary rail gateway, and the East St. Louis.  More than two-dozen railroads provide service to every corner of the nation from Illinois.  Illinois has more than 2,000 miles of interstate highway and 1,118 miles of navigable waterways, which provide the state with a direct link between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.  Thirteen port districts are located in the state with the Port of Chicago offering shippers 70 terminals along the Illinois Waterway system.

Illinois – Top 5 Exporting State

Illinois is one of the top five exporting states in the US and exported over US$65.19 billion to world markets in 2017, in which about US$5.27 billion is being exported to China. China is the Illinois’ 3rd largest export market. Top five industries for exports include: Industrial machinery, chemicals, computer and electronic products, transportation equipment, agricultural and food products, etc.  

Illinois – Trade & Investment Opportunities 

Illinois represents the largest industrial market in the U.S. and the third largest consumer market.  Illinois is the global headquarters’ hub. 36 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Illinois, such as Abbot, ADM, Caterpillar, Kraft, MacDonald, United, etc. 75% of Fortune 500 companies have opened regional distribution centers in Illinois, because of its unique location, convenient transportation as well as the hard work sprit of people. 

Located at the industrial heart of the nation, Illinois companies are able to ship and receive goods or resources without high transport fees or costly delays.  Half of all the goods and services created in the U.S. are produced within 500 miles of the state line.  Illinois is a convenient and cost effective location for growing companies.

Illinois, as a center of agriculture and manufacturing in the world, has a GDP of US $823 billion in 2017, top 5 highest GDP in the nation, No. 17 largest economy in the world. 

Illinois has an impressive workforce with the skills needed to help business succeed. The state has 192 higher education institutions statewide. 40% of Illinoisans have an associate’s degree or better. Nearly  50% of the state’s workforce of over 6 million are professionals, skilled technicians, crafts people or machine operators. 

State of Illinois China Office

State of Illinois China Office, established in Shanghai, China in October 2000, offers a wide range of programs and services to strengthen trade and business relationship between Illinois and China, to assist Illinois companies especially small and medium enterprises export to China, and to promote foreign direct investment in Illinois. State of Illinois China office is one of the six foreign offices of the Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Trade and Investment (OTI), headquartered at Chicago. The OTI strives to raise Illinois’ profile as a global business leader through a network of professionals focusing on improving the state’s economy worldwide.  
State of Illinois China Office will provide comprehensive services to create more business opportunities for you. The scope of services includes but not limited to the following:

Illinois Exports

● Individualized counseling and assessment sessions to determine a company’s exporting capabilities and interests.
● Trade reference materials, international trade leads and international certification opportunities.
● Market research, analysis and options for the company to determine the best geographic market for its products.
● Customized lists of buyers, agents, distributors and other potential industry partners overseas.
● Financial, legal, logistical, and other industry experts as requested.
● Assistance of trade missions to China and individual company service in Chinese market 

Foreign Direct Investment 

State of Illinois China office promotes Illinois as an excellent place for business based on the Illinois’s unique transportation infrastructure and location, talented workforce, easy access to key markets, and our positive business climate.  Illinois is continuously recognized for its business attraction:  

● Chicago is the #1 metro, Illinois the #3 state, for new and expanded corporate facilities – Site Selection Magazine 2018 
● The Chicago metropolitan area was ranked #1 in the U.S. in attracting projects through foreign direct investment - IBM Global Location Trends 2017 Report
● Illinois is the #5 US state in exports – World Institute for Strategic Economic Research (WISERTrade) via Census Bureau 2017

State of Illinois China office provides foreign companies with information on investment packages, site location, and the availability and advantages of its eight Foreign Trade Zones located across the state. 

Antonio Yung | Lili Wang
Lili Wang(California Cpaital - Sacramento Trade & Education China Office, Director)
  • :+86 23 6852 9776
  • :3008 China Resources Building, No. 49, Xiejiawan Zheng Street, Jiulongpo District, Chongqing, China
California, Sacramento
California-Sacramento Brief
        The state of California is on the west coast of the United States. It is the 5th largest economy in the world; where many of the most profitable business is based. California is home to the headquarters of over fifty Fortune 500 companies. California is also the preferred destination for Chinese enterprises when investing in the United States. Since the year of 2000, over 500 Chinese enterprises have invested more than US$8 billion and created over 10,000 jobs in high-tech, real estate, film and entertainment industries as well as other sectors in California. Many of the Chinese investments are heading into California due to the large and highly educated talent pool, its diversity and openness, as well as a large number of R&D institutions.

        Capital city of California, Sacramento

        Sacramento is the Capital City of the State of California. It is the political, agricultural and health science center of California. Sacramento is also home of many California industries and trade organizations, world-class clean energy and technology R&D centers. The Capital region is part of Central Valley, where the world most fertile agricultural lands is located. Both Sacramento City and State of California government are strong advocates of foreign investment. The city is also ideal for companies interested in collaborating with world-renowned universities such as University of California, Davis and Berkeley. The region boasts excellent transportation routes for distribution, reliable and inexpensive energy supplies, highly skilled and stable labor force. Home of the NBA Sacramento Kings and the internationally renowned entertainment venue: The Golden 1 Center. With plenty of sunshine, blue sky, and clean air, Sacramento boasted one of the highest valued lifestyles with a reasonable cost of living. California starts here!

Charles You
Brian Connors (Michigan-China Innovation Center)
  • :+1 517-455-6344
  • :1001 Woodward Ave. Suite 950, Detroit, MI 48226
The Michigan-China Innovation Center (MCIC) works on behalf of the State of Michigan government to manage Michigan’s China business development and relationships. MCIC’s mission is to promote business ties between Michigan and China.

MCIC provides free services directly to Chinese companies considering business in Michigan. MCIC provides free information, local introductions, and, in coordination with State of Michigan government, incentives support for Chinese businesses that are considering investing in Michigan.
MCIC has helped numerous Chinese businesses establish successful operations in Michigan, working in many industries, such as automotive manufacturing, automotive R&D, sales & logistics, insurance, and finance.We look forward to supporting your business, and hope you’ll contact us!

Charles You
Charles You(Georgia Ports Authority, China Representative)
  • :+86.21.5508.3967
Georgia brief
The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) is the administrative agency of the U.S. state of Georgia, that Develop, maintain and operate ocean and inland river ports within Georgia; foster international trade and new industry for state and local communities; promote Georgia's agricultural, industrial and natural resources; and maintain the natural quality of the environment.

Headquartered in Savannah, - the No.4 busiest container port in U.S., GPA hosts the vast majority water-borne trade of Georgia and South East of U.S.