City of Erie Mayor Joe Schember is officially heading to Erie’s sister city in Zibo, China.
The mayor will depart Saturday, April 13th. Joining Mayor Schember on the trip is the city’s Economic Development Director Chris Groner, Businessman and Consultant Glen Renaud, Translation Consultant Lihong Ni, and Local Activist Gary Horton.
This will be the first time since 2017 that a mayor has made the journey crossing over 12 different time zones.
Schember hopes the trip will attract Chinese investment in Erie. Schember will be talking to officials about the Federal Opportunity Zones Program, the educational opportunities in the area, and the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program.
Mayor Schember is expected to return on April 20th.