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Forging new partnership and relations

Portland, Oregon business entrepreneur Roy Jay is seen with Deputy Counsel General Zha Liyou of the Peoples Republic of China at an informal meeting hosted by Jay and one of his business partners in Portland, Oregon in April.  The purpose was simple... strengthen relationships between the two cultures and countries from an economic perspective.

Jay, known for his savvy business endeavors, creative partnerships and collaborations initiated conversations around the table on how everyone can benefit. The private closed door meeting was hosted by Oxley & Associates and Roy Jay Enterprises LLC to an invitation only list of less than 20 people, professionals and government officials that have been collaborative partners with Jay on numerous projects in the past.

At the top of the discussion list were tourism opportunities as well as Chinese investments under EB5 and other programs for development in Portland and other urban areas of the country.

Jay's company, Metropolitan Holdings in tandem with the new African American Chamber Inc. announced that they will be opening an office in Shanghai in 2016, which will be headed by Chamber president, O. Matthew Thomas of San Francisco.

The Deputy Counsel General addressed the intimate group by explaining that he had just been reassigned from Washington DC area to the west coast three weeks earlier. "This is my first official visit outside of my office since arriving on the west coast". I had a list of various individuals and agencies that I needed to connect with and the very first one on my list when I knew I was coming to Oregon was to meet with Roy Jay".  A 2014 newspaper article described Roy Jay as one of the most intriguing people in Oregon politics though he has never held public office.

Also present were Metro Council President Tom Hughes, representatives from the local Chinese business community as well as Loretta Smith of Multnomah County, former State Senator Margaret Carter, Ping Sutherland from Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce along with Bank of America and other private parties.

Jay said that the meeting is just a continuation of a relationship which was initiated in Washington DC and now that the Deputy Counsel has relocated to the west coast, we won't have too far to fly.  Invitations have been extended to Jay and others to visit China and meet with business and political leadership.  "The Chinese are looking to establish serious working relationships and we know that one of the avenues is to economic development. Their investment and co-ownership in various projects and construction will result in jobs within Oregon and other west coast locations.

Tourism... Deputy Counsel General Liyou also laid out the road map for how to attract thousands of Chinese tourist to Oregon.  In 2012, Jay was instrumental in helping to attached the Lee Annual Convention to Portland which brought in delegates from across the country was well as from China, Taiwan and other countries.

To be included on the future contact list of upcoming events or opportunities, simply call (503) 768-3966 and ask for the government relations director at Roy Jay's office.

For further information contact Metropolis Holdings LLC and Roy Jay Enterprises, LLC / Nevada at (702) 544-9992.

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