|Missouri City TX (Nov 22, 2010) - Missouri City At Large Council Member Danny Nguyen, Mayor Allen Owen, Mayor Pro-Tem Brett Kolaja, District A Council Member Bobby Marshall and City Manager Frank Simpson joined 26 city officials from Ningbo, China the Monday before Thanksgiving to swap notes on city government, commerce and quality of life for their citizens.|
“I'm thankful we had this important opportunity for the people of Missouri City and the people of Ningbo to better understand what works best in each city and learn to improve upon what is already being done to do the most for those that call each individual city home,” said Council Member Nguyen, a local business builder and business owner, who now Chairs Missouri City's International Relations Committee and this year was elected his city's first City Council Member of east Asian descent.
"I intend to work for more exchange with Missouri City and Fort Bend County government and business leaders to trade tips on life and local government in the 'Show Me City' with those in areas across the world. Missouri City Council Members and Department Heads participated in this incredibly unique event that could mean a lot for better civic and commerce excellence in Missouri City and in the port city of Ningbo," Nguyen said.
"What we did this past Monday, November 20 needs to be replicated more. I look forward to our working with other municipal governments from everywhere from cities across Texas as we now do with the Texas Municipal League to exchanges with others from all over America and from everywhere on earth because it is through open arms and open minds we can make improvements that will go along way to benefit all the citizenry from both cities and all that are involved," Nguyen said.
Photos courtesy of Missouri City
In top photo at left, visitors from Ningbo, China, gather with Missouri City officials. On front row, seated from left, are Mayor Pro-Tem Brett Kolaja, Councilman Bobby Marshall, Mayor Allen Owen, Councilman Danny Nguyen, one of the distinguished guests, and City Manager Frank Simpson. At top right, Council members and Simpson listen as David Guo from the University of Houston translates Simpson's presentation. Below, one of the guests studies a Missouri City map.
Chinese Government Officials Pay Visit to Missouri City
A delegation of 26 Chinese government officials, attending a two-month study program hosted by the University of Houston's Center for Public Policy, recently visited Missouri City to learn about forms of local government, city services and policies for economic development. The officials from the port city of Ningbo, China had a chance to hear about life and local government in the “Show Me City” from City Council members and City management.