May 9, 2014: ACSI hosts reception for CKGSB’s dean’s visit to Indianapolis

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On Friday, May 9th, the America China Society of Indiana  hosted a reception for Dr. Bing Xiang, Dean of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) at the JW Marriott. Known as the “Harvard of China”, CKGSB is China’s only private educational institution and provides executive-level training at its campuses in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. CKGSB’s alumni include more than 2,500 C-Level business leaders whose companies together generated more than $1 trillion USD in 2011.

Reception attendees had an opportunity to network before Dr. Xiang  gave a presentation on the growth of China’s economy and globalization trends. The reception was the first event as part of the Dean’s trip to Indiana during which he met with education, government, and business leaders throughout the state.

March 6, 2014: Global Caravan Technologies unviels luxury carbon fiber RV

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On March 6th, Global Caravan Technologies (GCT), a luxury RV and specialty vehicle innovator, unveiled its CR-1 Carbon prototype at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway , across the street from the company’s R&D headquarters.

The CR-1 Carbon becomes the world’s first all-carbon fiber, super-luxury RV for series production, utilizing technologies from multiple industries including motorsports, automotive, IT and aerospace. The prototype offers substantial benefits to consumers including smart control functions, high fuel economy, high strength structures and innovative designs.
“Consumer-driven innovation is at the heart of GCT’s mission,” said Harrison Ding, chairman and president of Global Caravan Technologies. “We built a transformative product through collaborations with world-class partners.”
The company, which boasts partners such as Dallara and Purdue University, employs a veteran team of former IndyCar champions and aerospace technicians to design and build its state-of-the-art products.

“GCT brings transformation to an industry we Hoosiers are already very proud of,” said Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. “We’re very pleased to support this innovative company as it continues to grow.”
Backed by significant investment from China, GCT plans to market its products internationally with a strong focus on China. As part of the country’s five-year plan, both central and local Chinese governments are aggressively investing in RV tourism infrastructure.
“With the continual growth of China’s middle-class, Indiana exporters are seeing strong opportunities for international trade,” said Colin Renk, executive director of the America China Society of Indiana. “Thanks to the welcoming efforts of our state’s industries and communities, we’re cultivating a China-friendly Indiana for business.”


April 25, 2014: World Trade Day and ACSI Luncheon with Consul General Zhao

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The Indy Chamber hosted their annual World Trade Day Conference on April 25, 2014 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. The event program featured panel discussions on the new non-stop multimodal Canadian Route which allows Indiana goods quicker access into the Asian market, economic opportunities for U.S companies in Europe, global cities, economic opportunities in emerging markets, and economic opportunities for U.S. companies in Asia/Pacific. Included on these panels and in other presentations were Consuls representing 13 countries. Chinese Consul General, Mr. Zhao Weiping, attended a luncheon with ACSI board members and special guests prior to his panel presentation where the future relationship between the Consul General’s office and ACSI was affirmed.

April 18, 2014: ACSI hosts “Successful Investment Strategies with China”

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On April 18, 2014, ACSI hosted its latest installment of the China Business Proficiency Series, “Successful Investment Strategies with China” at Ivy Tech’s Indianapolis campus. An ACSI board member, Chris Douglas shared his experiences from living and working in China and as well as his experiences as an investment advisor in Indiana where he now serves as Managing Director of Red Wing Capital, an investment banking firm established to facilitate foreign direct investment. Harrison Ding, also an ACSI board member, proceeded to discuss trends in the Chinese economy and case studies of successful Chinese investment in Indiana including his own company, Global Caravan Technologies.

March 11, 2014: ACSI hosts Mandarin-Speaking Internship & Career Fair

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The America China Society of Indiana (ACSI), the Purdue University Center for Career Opportunities (CCO), and the Purdue Chinese Students and Scholars Association (PUCCSA) hosted the Mandarin/English-speaking Career Fair for students on March 11th at the Frances Cordova Recreational Center on Purdue’s campus.

The unique event, which featured 24 companies including Sears Holding Company, BKD, Apple, the International Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, brought out more than 500 undergraduate and graduate looking for internships and full-time positions in both Indiana and China. Hosted in Indianapolis the previous two years, the event is the state’s only such career fair designed for Chinese students.

“We see education as an important pillar in developing a China-friendly Indiana,” said Colin Renk, executive director of ACSI. “Through our blossoming partnership with Purdue, we’ve been able to add a tremendous amount of value to both students and businesses throughout the state.”

On the evening of March 10th,  several employers participated in a networking program designed to help students develop interview and professional interaction techniques. Beginning with a series of instructional seminars, students then intermixed with employers and faculty members to test these techniques.

“We were thrilled with the high-quality of engagement that took place between our students from China and the employers that sought to recruit them,” said Tim Luzader, director of the CCO. “The success of this career fair reflected very positively on the collaborative efforts of Purdue’s career center, alumni association and student organizations with the American China Society of Indiana.”

“What impressed us most about the job fair was the students’ familiarity with both our organization and the ways to market themselves in a professional environment,” said Lei Wang, project manager of the International Center.

Jan. 28, 2014: ACSI attends ICCCI Chinese New Year

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The Indianapolis Chinese Community Center Inc. hosted a Chinese New Year celebration on January 28, 2014 at Clay Middle School in Carmel Indiana. The event featured ICCCI’s dragon dance group as well as the Zhejiang Performing Arts Troupe from China performing traditional Chinese dances, songs, acrobatics, and magic. ACSI was pleased to be able to sponsor this event which brought a distinct taste of Chinese culture to Central Indiana.

Jan. 23, 2014: ACSI presents at Bedford Chamber of Commerce meeting

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ACSI attended the Bedford Indiana Chamber of Commerce meeting on January 23rd where Colin Renk gave the meeting’s opening presentation  covering the basics of Indiana – China economic and cultural relations as well as an overview of ACSI.  Nearly 40 Bedford Chamber members were present including representatives from ACSI member organizations Gaylor and the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council.


ACSI Announces New Charter Member

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eli_lilly_and_company_logo_2756ACSI is delighted to announce Eli Lilly and Company as its newest charter member. Lilly’s global corporate headquarters is located in Indianapolis and drives Indiana’s thriving pharmaceutical industry as the 10th largest pharmaceutical company in the world. Lilly employees nearly 11,000 people in Indiana alone and has approximately 38,000 employees worldwide. The company markets its products in 125 countries and has manufacturing plants located in 13 countries. China is the highest priority geography in Lilly emerging markets. ACSI looks forward to having Eli Lilly and Company in our growing network as a both an Indiana and global business leader.



ACSI’s China Business Proficiency Series goes on the road to Columbus.

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The latest event in ACSI’s China Business Proficiency series was held at the Columbus Learning Center on November 14th.  Keynote speaker, Bob Borchelt, gave an overview of Cummins’ manufacturing operations in China.  John Fairbanks provided insight on EB-5 “Immigrant Investor” visa program and the Civitas Indiana EB-5 Regional Center. Dave Carini of ACSI drew from his own experience in China to give a look at how small and medium-sized businesses can establish their footing in the Chinese market.

Indiana-Zhejiang Business and Trade Seminar Recap

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Thank you to the more than 130 individuals and 80 companies and organizations who attended the 2013 Indiana-Zhejiang Investment & Trade Seminar yesterday! Your participation made the event a great success, further strengthening the ties between our two sister states and giving people and businesses the chance to make new friends and explore new opportunities. This seminar was a testament to the ongoing 25+ year sister state relationship between Indiana and the Zhejiang Province.

For a full gallery of photos of yesterday’s event, please visit our Facebook page at

We would especially like to thank our team of volunteer translators, who came from across the state to help:

Zhejiang Translators

Translator team: Chen Chen, Lucy Huang, Shang Jiang, Richard Li, Yang Liu, Lois Luo, Min Qi, Shuting Song, Junhui Wang, Jida Xu, Shuping Yu, Yang Zhang, Joanna Zhou, Kyle Zhou