Foshan Delegation Visit

Foshan Delegation Senior officials from Foshan, China, visit the USC Price School. (Photo by Tom Queally)

Global Reach:

Foshan Government Officials Receive Training at USC Price

The USC Price School of Public Policy hosted more than a dozen senior-ranking officials from the municipal government of Foshan, Guangdong Province, China, as part of an executive education training program focused on urban waterfront area renovation and construction management.

The program, which took place from Oct. 21 through Nov. 10, included site visits across southern California and around the country, enabling the delegation to interact directly with leading practitioners and scholars.

Among the numerous activities on the program’s agenda:

  • A lecture on “Comparing U.S. and China approaches to urban waterfront revitalization” by Eric Heikkila, USC Price professor and director of international initiatives
  • A lecture titled “The Challenges of Waterfront Revitalization in the U.S.,” by USC adjunct faculty member Con Howe
  • A lecture titled “Regional waterfront development — A case study of San Pedro Harbor: Economic development, stakeholder engagement and land use,” by USC Professor Jim Fawcett
  • A lecture at the World Bank Institute in Washington, D.C.
  • A discussion about Los Angeles River revitalization efforts with L.A. Councilman Ed Reyes and the deputy mayor for economic development at Los Angeles City Hall
  • A meeting with the Port of San Diego Executive Leadership Group about the Port of San Diego and Chula Vista waterfront development projects
  • A meeting with Tom Zearley about Potomac River development
  • A meeting with the Baltimore City Department of Planning
  • A tour of the Boston Naval Yard

In addition, the Price School and Foshan municipal government have developed a strong institutional partnership over the years. Three of the Price School’s past international labs were held in Foshan (in 2008, 2009 and 2010).

Dean Jack Knott noted that these international labs “provided tremendous learning experiences for our students. They were able to conduct real-world analyses, as well as prepare and submit formal reports to the City of Foshan and the Foshan Environmental Bureau.”

He added, “the Price School values the opportunity to further its engagement with public officials from Foshan — to share knowledge, offer training, and work together on critical issues involving economic development, land use, urban revitalization and construction management.”