The Michigan-China Innovation Center (MCIC) is a non-profit organization building business ties and enhancing cooperation between Michigan and China. Founded in 2016 with a grant from the State of Michigan, our work, carried out both in Michigan and in China, includes:
- Attracting Chinese investment to Michigan
- Marketing Michigan in China
- Building relationships with individuals, businesses, business groups, and governmental units in China
- Organizing a wide variety of collaborations between Michigan and Chinese partners.
MCIC’s vision is to be the top state-level China-focused organization in the US.
MCIC’s mission is to create jobs, attract investment, and increase competitiveness in Michigan by developing win-win ventures with China.
Brian Connors 康为
Brian founded the Michigan-China Innovation Center after managing the State of Michigan’s China initiatives for four years. In that capacity, he promoted Michigan to China and built relationships with hundreds of Chinese companies, resulting in the location of dozens of job-creating projects in Michigan.
Brian also coordinated seven China trade and investment missions for former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s office, establishing partnerships with some of China’s most important provinces and industry groups. Before serving his home state of Michigan, Brian opened a successful chain of cafes in Beijing, deepening his studies of Chinese language and culture along the way. Brian received his B.A. from Williams College and a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Yahang Zhang 张亚航
Market Research Specialist
Yahang came to Michigan by way of Henan, China. Driven by her passion for multiculturalism and communication, Yahang graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Marketing and Minor in Sales. Prior to joining the Michigan-China Innovation Center, she worked for a leading market research company in Michigan as a research analyst focused on the automotive industry.
Gary Cao 曹子宁
Business Development Manager
Gary works for the Michigan-China Innovation Center in Shanghai. Before joining our team, he worked at Chinese auto parts, consulting, and investment companies. He has a B.S. in Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University and an M.A.F. from Singapore Management University.
Courtney Henderson 蓝晴
Courtney joined the Michigan-China Innovation Center (MCIC) as it was launching in 2016. She is responsible for the organization’s business development, marketing strategy, cybersecurity, and events, including MCIC’s largest bilateral exchange, Michigan China Week. Courtney has also supported three trade and investment missions for former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s office. Before serving her home state of Michigan, Courtney worked in public affairs at a renewable energy trade association in Washington, D.C.
She received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. in Chinese Studies from the University of Michigan. Previously, she lived and worked in Shenzhen, China.
Lindsey Corbett 古铃
Business Development Manager
A Michigan native, Lindsey completed her B.A. in Art History and Asian Studies at Kenyon College. Her undergraduate experience laid the groundwork for her continued Chinese studies in both Beijing and in Taipei. Before joining the Michigan-China Innovation Center, Lindsey managed marketing strategy for New Zealand’s largest yoga and wellness company.
Elena Hubbell 胡丽娜
Elena Hubbell is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Chinese Studies and Literature. Her interest in China began in high school when she participated in a study abroad trip to Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai. Elena is a Michigan native who grew up near Traverse City.
State of Michigan
Partners in Michigan government include the Office of the Governor of Michigan, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, county governments, and city governments.
City of Detroit
Office of the Mayor, Jobs and Economy Team, and Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
U.S. Department of Commerce
Federal agency creating the conditions for economic growth and opportunity in the U.S.
Consulate of the PRC in Chicago
Official representative of the People’s Republic of China to the Midwest region of the U.S.
PRC Ministry of Commerce
China’s counterpart to the U.S. Department of Commerce
Joint Working Group
China Provinces and U.S. State of Michigan Joint Working Group on Trade and Investment Cooperation
City of Shenzhen
Government of Shenzhen Municipality
China Association of Automotive Manufacturers
A member-based organization devoted to advancing the automotive industry in China
Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries
Enhances international cooperation and promotes development through people-to-people diplomacy
China Council for the Promotion of International Trade
A Chinese national foreign trade and investment promotion agency
Joint Working Group
In 2015, Governor Rick Snyder and Mr. Zhong Shan, now Minister of Commerce of the PRC, established the China Provinces and U.S. State of Michigan Joint Working Group on Trade and Investment Cooperation.
Provinces of Guangdong, Zhejiang, Hubei, Sichuan, and the city of Chongqing
The Joint Working Group regularly organizes joint trade and investment promotion activities between Michigan and the economically dynamic provinces of Guangdong, Zhejiang, Hubei, Sichuan, as well as the city of Chongqing.
On Michigan’s behalf, MCIC serves as the implementing organization; on behalf of the Ministry of Commerce of the PRC and the Departments of Commerce of the five regions of China, the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME) serves as the implementing organization.
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