The ICMA China Center arranged study tours to three distinctive Chinese cities in April 2017 in conjunction with three educational conferences:
- The International City Management Summit in Qingdao, Shandong Province, focused on city management, including economic development, citizen engagement, code enforcement, local planning, public works and utilities management, transportation, technologies used in governance efficiency, and public safety (land pollution, water pollution, and food safety).
- The International Forum on Smart Cities in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, focused on Smart Cities best practices and technologies as well as government application and engagement.
- The International Conference on Sustainable Land Use—China-U.S. Land Engineering Exchanges in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, focused on brownfields, land use, and environmental protection. The session brought experts from around the world to discuss new trends, challenges, and best practices.
During this study tour, participants gained international presentation and consulting experience by sharing their technical expertise in China. At the same time, they visited Chinese historical, cultural, and educational attractions and learned how cities in China have used innovative approaches and technologies to develop the cities.
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