Troy University to take delegation of Alabama economic developers to China

Posted: Thursday, 20 May 2010

TROY—Business leaders and economic developers from rural areas of Alabama will visit the People’s Republic of China in June, courtesy of Troy University, to learn more about international business opportunities for their communities.

Sponsored by Confucius Institute at Troy University, the delegation will visit China June 5-13, according to Dr. Iris Hong Xu, director of the institute. Other sponsors are the Center for International Business and Economic Development at Troy University and the Hanban/Confucius Institute international headquarters in China.

“This is the first major economic development initiative for the Confucius Institute at Troy University,” Dr. Xu said. “We believe this will be a productive trip and a good introduction to China for our delegation.”

The itinerary includes stops in Shanghai, Suzhou, Beijing and Qinhuangdao. The delegation will visit Expo Shanghai 2010, tour the Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone in Suzhou, attend a machinery and technology fair in Beijing, visit with local and provincial government officials and visit the Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology. The delegation will visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, Beijing Olympic Stadium’s Bird’s Nest & Water Cube, Pearl Market and Silk Street Market, among other sites.

Those participating in the trip include:

  • Grady Batchelor Jr. of the Winston County Industrial Development Authority, Double Springs;
  • Frank Thompson of the Enterprise-Coffee-Geneva Industrial Development Corporation;
  • Trina Thompson of Troy Ear, Nose and Throat LLC;
  • Ron Drinkard of America’s Center for Foreign Investment, based in Montgomery;
  • Marsha Gaylard, president of the Pike County Economic Development Corp.;
  • Gail Trant of the Covington County Economic Development Commission;
  • Doug Williams, Associate Commissioner of Cullman County;
  • Jerry Galin, Cullman County Economic Development Board;
  • Neal Morrison, North Alabama Regional Council of Governments, Cullman;
  • Dr. Cynthia Gleisberg, owner of CG Legal Services LLC of Enterprise;
  • Richard L. Anderson, vice president of marketing, CG Legal Services LLC of Enterprise;
  • Goodrich A. Rogers, Jackson County Industrial Development Authority, Scottsboro;
  • Marshall Rogers, Escambia County Industrial Development Authority, Atmore;
  • Gerald Dial of Lineville, Alabama Rural Action Commission;
  • Silvia Edgar, owner of Edgar’s Consulting service LLC, New Brockton;
  • Luke Slaton, Lawrence County Industrial Development Board, Moulton;
  • Levy Chang, Edward Jones Inc., Montgomery.

The Confucius Institute at Troy University began operations in 2008, and works with Alabama government, businesses and academia to develop stronger educational, cultural and commercial links between Alabama and China.


Dr. Iris Xu of Confucius Institute at Troy University briefs participants in an upcoming economic development trip to China on Chinese customs and protocol. Listening, from left to right, are Goodrich Rogers of the Jackson County Economic Development Authority, Trina Thompson of Troy Ear, Nose and Throat LLC, Dr. Cynthia Ann Gleisberg, owner of CG Legal Services LLC, Dr. Mike Whitlock, associate vice chancellor of TROY Global Campus; Silvia Edgar of Edgar’s Consulting Service LLC and Luke Slaton of the Lawrence County Industrial Development Board