When Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett travels to China later this month, much of his time will be spent trying to build relationships to help the county’s tech industries.
The trip, scheduled for Sept. 15-25, will feature a delegation of 86 people including Leggett and County Council members Hans Riemer and Roger Berliner, as well as Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr, two school principals and business executives from around the county, said Lily Qi, director of special projects for the Office of the County Executive.
Not all of the delegation will be going to every stop, Qi said.
Much of the trip will be geared toward developing relationships and attracting funding for Montgomery’s biotech industry, one of the main types of industry in the county.
The trip will include stops in Shanghai, Beijing, and other cities.
Montgomery County is home to about 300 biotech companies, the most of any county in Maryland and among the largest group of such companies in the country, said Kristina Ellis, a spokeswoman for the county’s Department of Economic Development.
Starr and the other county school officials are also scheduled to visit several schools on the trip.
Among the roughly two dozen businesses that will be represented on the trip are Marriott International, Discovery Communications, BioHealth Innovations, Aeras, US Pharmacopeia, Sirnomics and Washington Labs, according to a county handout on the trip.