Local businessman reports on Bell’s China tripWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Mike Bell is being well received in China, according to Mike Farrar, a businessman who was on the trip.
“He was incredible well received,” said Farrar, owner of Automation and Control Technologies, which is located in Northwood, with an office Shanghai. “I’ve been in China for a number of years and know the cultural mindset. I think the Chinese are interested in pursuing opportunities in Toledo because of the mayor.”
The mayor’s delegation met with a number of businessmen, both American and Chinese as well as government officials. The group visited Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Ordos, Yulin and Beijing.
Farrar didn’t want to share too many details, because he doesn’t want to “steal the mayor’s thunder,” but said the trip is positive for Toledo.
“I think this trip is going to bear a lot more fruit than a lot of people think,” Farrar said. “I think the people of Toledo have two very good leaders in [Bell] and [Deputy Mayor] Dean Monske. They’re the first two private-sector minded people in government I’ve ever been around. I think Toledoans should be proud. They will lead Toledo into a new area of success.”
Farrar noted that there may be misconceptions that this trip was spontaneous, but he said that it was extremely well-planned ahead of time.
The delegation of Bell and area businessmen and women arrived in China on Sept. 11. Farrar returned to the U.S. on Sept. 17, while the mayor and the rest of the delegation will be back Sept. 20, Farrar said.