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Furthering our mission of building bridges with business communities around the world and keeping the Bay Area competitive, we are pleased to announce that Alex Foard, of our own Economic Institute, has taken on the role of Director of Business Development for the Yangtze River Delta region of China. With Alex established in China, the team is pursuing several ambitious initiatives to expand the Bay Area’s access to this rapidly developing entrepreneurial culture. The need for a larger, boots-on-the-ground presence for the Bay Area has never been more critical.

After arriving, Alex reported that local governments have successfully helped build economic ecosystems that follow the model of the Bay Area’s innovation system. Speaking the same language and sharing the same economic goals with these rapidly growing areas is a critical advantage for the Bay Area, in that the companies there naturally look to partner with our companies here. As the incredible entrepreneurial activity and talent in the Yangtze Delta Region grows, this should be an even greater strategic advantage for our companies. The Global Programs team is proud to help bridge the Bay Area with this technology-driven business environment and looks forward to an exciting year of growth in China. To engage in our Global Programs work, contact Chief of Global Business Development Del Christensen.

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