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Not all bridges are built of concrete and steel.

Equally important bridges are built on friendship, cultural communion and commercial cooperation.

Where these bridges exist, communities flourish.

Our Focus Area

Exchanges in culture, education, and business.

Our Values

Integrity, cooperation, respect, and mutual benefit.

Our Mission

To foster and support a positive, productive, and mutually beneficial relationship between the United States and China by creating more channels of collaboration and opportunities for economic growth in the American Heartland Region.

Our Focus Area

Exchanges in culture, education, and business.

Our Values

Integrity, cooperation, respect, and mutual benefit.

Our Mission

To foster and support a positive, productive, and mutually beneficial relationship between the United States and China by creating more channels of collaboration and opportunities for economic growth in the American Heartland Region.

Advocating for the US Heartland since 2003

USHCA is building bridges

through trade missions, commercial fairs, student and cultural exchanges, educational programs and personal outreach to key business, governmental and cultural leaders.

USHCA History

Originally the Midwest U.S.-China Foundation, USHCA was founded by U.S. Senator Adlai Stevenson (IL); John Rodgers, Lawyer and Professor, and Governor Bob Holden (MO), former Chairman of the Midwest Governors Association. 

U.S. Heartland

USHCA covers 20 states that stretch from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. 430 Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered in 84 of the cities within the Heartland region. Our mayors lead 37 of the 100 largest cities in the United States. Our national GDP ranks 1st in the world. Remove our region from this analysis and the European Union would rank 1st, China 2nd, United States 3rd.

HAINAN: CHINA'S HAWAII AND WORLD'S LARGEST FREE TRADE ZONE

Is Hainan the next Singapore?  Or a newer and bigger one? Questions like these have been bubbling up ever since Hainan Province, China’s only tropical island, became China’s largest Free Trade Zone. Often referred to as the “Hawaii of the Orient”, Hainan is not only the world’s most dynamic tourism destination with a projected 80 million Chinese domestic visitors alone in 2021 but also the largest “lab” of the latest sustainable development experiment of the Chinese government.  

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September 16th, 2021 / 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. EDT

Economic transformation in both the U.S. and China has created winners and losers in its respective society. While some regions are thriving, others have struggled. In this joint event organized by LRCCS, USHCA, and Taubman, we have invited the leading experts on shrinking cities to explore the lessons learned from the post-industrial shrinking cities in both the U.S. and China and how both countries are learning to help the communities that are left behind in the face of technology and global changes.

This webinar will also be in part to celebrate the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies’s 60th anniversary.

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July 27th, 2021 

8:00 – 10:00 p.m. EST

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Will Boost Heartland Exporters

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, signed into law on November 15, brings much needed—albeit long overdue—relief and forward looking investments. The deal includes $42 billion for ports and airports and $66 billion in passenger and freight rail. According to the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors, the bill will provide up to $78 billion over five years to address the interconnected system that moves freight across the country.

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Denver-Kunming Sister Cities Celebration

First established in 1986, the Denver-Kunming Sister City relationship has thrived in the past 25 years thanks to dedicated bridge builders from both cities. Even though the pandemic has significantly impacted in-person cultural exchanges, the friendship of the two cities continues thanks to technologies that connect us.

In this special event themed – Gateway to Outdoor Adventure – both cities will celebrate their shared love for natural beauty and outdoor activities. Speakers from both cities will share how each city protects the natural beauty of their cities, supports outdoor recreation and tourism while instilling a love of the outdoors in youth.

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