China Hub

St. Louis on the Air
4:24 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

St. Louis Asian American Chamber Of Commerce Aims To Serve As Bridge To Larger Community

Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe, one of the groups performing at the Asian Heritage Festival in St. Louis on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
(Courtesy Asian American Chamber of Commerce)

The Asian American Chamber of Commerce is a relatively recent addition to the St. Louis business scene. The organization's founders, Johnny Wang and Alexander Lee, created the chamber two years ago in the wake of efforts to create a China Hub at Lambert International Airport.

In the process of their work for the China Hub, Wang and Lee realized St. Louis didn't have an organization dedicated to promoting Asian American businesses and decided to form the Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC).

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St. Louis on the Air
5:23 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Former U.S. Senator Kit Bond, WTC’s Tim Nowak Support Increased Trade With China

Seated l-r: Tim Nowak, World Trade Center St. Louis, and Chung Tam, chief rep., Greater China Amer. Society of Transp. & Logistics...standing l-r: former Sen. Kit Bond and Ricardo Pelaez from US Consulate Gen.'s Shanghai office
Jason Van Eaton, Kit Bond Strategies

Earlier this month, Missouri and St. Louis-area leaders wrapped up a trade mission to China.  The trip was designed, in part, to revive the so-called China Hub project.

Members of the Midwest-China Hub Commission and the American Society of Transportation and Logistics signed an agreement in Shanghai to pursue expanding trade between the U.S. and China, and in particular adding new airfreight routes between the Asian nation and St. Louis. 

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China Hub
4:20 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Mo.-St. Louis Trade Delegation In China Renews Air Cargo Hub Efforts

Seated l-r: Tim Nowak, World Trade Center St. Louis, and Chung Tam, chief rep., Greater China Amer. Society of Transp. & Logistics...standing l-r: former Sen. Kit Bond and Ricardo Pelaez from US Consulate Gen.'s Shanghai office.
Jason Van Eaton, Kit Bond Strategies

Missouri and St. Louis-area leaders are wrapping up a trade mission to China this week designed to revive the so-called China Hub project.

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Missouri Exports
5:03 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Missouri exports grow at record-setting pace

via Flickr/J_D_R

Missouri exports are growing at a record-setting pace this year and trade with markets in Asia is up more than 24 percent this year alone.

Tim Nowak, executive director of World Trade Center St. Louis, said low paying manufacturing jobs in Asia have created a consumer market for Missouri products.

Nowak said that, in turn, translates to jobs in St. Louis.  

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Business
5:12 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Congressman praises river port potential to Chinese delegation

China's Vice Minister of Maritime Affairs, Xu Zuyuan, listens to a US inland waterways briefing at America's Central Port in Granite City, Ill.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

An Illinois Congressman and US transportation officials are talking up a Granite City river port to a Chinese delegation exploring new trade routes to the American market.

Congressman Jerry Costello touted the access America's Central Port has to railroads and highways during a visit from China's Vice Minister of Maritime Affairs, Xu Zuyuan.

Costello said a harbor to be completed next year will give a strategic advantage in moving imports and exports.

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China Hub Tax Credits / Deer Hunting
5:44 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Nixon mum on plans for China hub tax credits during hunting program event

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon encourages local deer hunters to donate venison through the Share the Harvest program during a visit to the St. Louis Area Food Bank on Nov. 1, 2011. Nixon also answered questions regarding trade relations with China at the event.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

While in the St. Louis region Tuesday for a press conference on the Share the Harvest program (which you can learn more about below) Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon called his trade trip to China productive - however, he had little to say about whether he wants to renew efforts to get tax credits for a China hub.

The Democrat said his week-long trip resulted in $4.6 billion in export agreements between Missouri and China.

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Slay on special session
4:11 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Slay blasts lawmakers for do-nothing special session

St. Louis mayor Francis Slay.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Mayor Francis Slay is fuming over the results of the just-concluded special session.

"Goodbye state legislators. Thanks for (almost) nothing," the mayor tweeted this afternoon, a day after the state Senate adjourned without taking action on a large economic development package and a measure that would end more than 150 years of state oversight of the St. Louis police department.

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MO Statehouse/Nixon trade trip
5:06 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Nixon says lack of China hub agreement won't change trade trip to the country

Gov. Jay Nixon and Chinese ambassador Zhou Wenzhong, during a state dinner in Feb. 2010. Nixon leaves for China tomorrow on a eight-day trade mission.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

In August, Gov. Jay Nixon, with much fanfare, called for a special session of the Missouri General Assembly.

So, what's the top priority for everyone? A package of tax credits affectionately known as "Aerotropolis," which would provide incentives for the creation of a hub for Chinese cargo at Lambert Airport.

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MO Statehouse: Aerotropolis, Joplin relief
1:09 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Senate passes scaled-back Aerotropolis; tax relief for Joplin businesses delayed

The state Senate is unlikely to take up a measure that would provide relief to businesses destroyed by natural disasters, like the Home Depot in Joplin, Mo.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

Updated 5:32 p.m. with reaction from the Mo. House Speaker

A measure that sharply reduces the amount of tax credits available to support the creation of an international cargo hub at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is in the hands of the Missouri House.

The State Senate approved the measure this morning.

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Aerotropolis cuts
11:43 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Mo. Senate scales back "Aerotropolis" credits, local control debate looms

In Jefferson City, state Senate Republicans have stripped $300 million in tax credits from the so-called "Aerotropolis" bill
(UPi/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 9:39 a.m. Sept. 14

A smaller version of the wide-ranging tax credit bill received first-round approval Tuesday in the Missouri Senate.  GOP Senate leaders realized there was not enough support within their own caucus for passing $360 million in air cargo incentives, not to mention a threatened filibuster. 

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