This is the information just given to us from the Office of the Mayor. This information comes from the desk of City of Knoxville Communications Specialist Jesse Mayshark.
Here is some info on the trip to China:
Plans are still incomplete and not confirmed. Mayor Rogero Has been invited to participate in the U.S.– China Eco-Cities Mayoral Exchange Program from Sept 7-15, 2013. This is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office, in partnership with China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Rural Development and National Academy of Mayors. All of the mayor’s expenses will be covered by DOE.
The visit is structured around the theme of “Investing in Clean Energy for Cities: A Look at Best practices and Economic Development Opportunities.” The delegation will visit Beijing and neighboring cities and meet with high profile ministry officials, mayors, and enterprises focused on clean energy innovation, and think tank organizations to discuss “eco-city” (sustainable) development practices and clean energy solutions.