The Bay Area Council has opened its first overseas office in the dynamic Yangpu District of Shanghai, with a mission to open the floodgates of trade between the Shanghai region and the Bay Area.
After several years of trans-Pacific collaboration between the Bay Area Council and business and government leaders in Shanghai, we are proud to announce that we have reached an agreement with Chinese officials to open a physical office in Yangpu District, Shanghai to begin the important work of bilateral trade and investment promotion between our two regions. More than just an office, the agreement is a partnership that allows the Bay Area to enhance our role as a leader in the global economy and assert our position as the key economic link to the Pacific Rim.
Through our China office, council staff both in the Bay Area and Shanghai help small, medium and large Bay Area businesses expand into the Chinese market, while working to attract Chinese businesses and investment here. The partnership has the goal of strengthening existing economic relationships between the Bay Area and the greater Yangtze region, and cultivating new ones.
The Bay Area Council’s office opened in June of 2010 and is located in the Knowledge and Innovation Community in the Yangpu District of Shanghai. Yangpu is one of only three designated Innovation Zones in China and has a number of attributes attractive to venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.
Mark Edmunds, Vice Chairman & Regional Managing Partner, Deloitte
Richard Kramlich, General Partner/Co-Founder, New Enterprise Associates
L. Leland “Skip” Whitney, Principal, GVA Kidder Matthews
• Position the Bay Area and its companies as the gateway between China and the United States.
• Help China nurture a robust “innovation economy” and cleaner environmental future.
• Build a lasting conduit for sharing capital, ideas, innovation and resources between the Bay Area and Yangtze Delta regions.
Vice President, Global Initiatives
Governor Schwarzenegger participated in the Bay Area Council's Outlook Conference
Secretary Locke's Message for the Bay Area Council China office opening