Leeds and Moody were two cities to be visited by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade on their tour of other cities in Alabama.
China Council for the Promotion of International Trade or CCPIT describes itself as a “national foreign trade and investment promotion agency,” founded in 1952 and based in Arlington, Virginia.
Leeds was one of the first stops in which General Representative Zhenge Zhao, and his assistant, Michelle Kong Zhe, as well as Tai Li and Richard Li met with city officials before they went to Moody, Birmingham, Hoover and Montgomery.
“This was Mr. Zhao first visit to Alabama and we were honored he chose Moody as one of his stops,” the Moody Area Chamber of Commerce commented on its Facebook page. “It was an enlightening meeting with hopes to work together on projects in the future.”
They – along with Fred and Jennifer Britt, who own Power LaserCut in Leeds – met with Mayor David Miller, City Attorneys Scott Barnett and Johnny Brunson, as well as Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sandra McGuire and Chamber President Dona Bonnett.
During their meeting, the CCPIT representatives discussed Chinese trade and commerce in addition to industry and preserving natural landscapes. Miller discussed business growth in Leeds, using the Outlet Stops of Grand River as an example.
Zhao mentioned that he was a Charles Barkley and MBA fan. He Fred and Jennifer Britt posed with Miller before the Barkley statue at Leeds High School for a photo op.