Mayor thinks Chinese plant is possible for Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Mayor Kip Holden is back from his second big trip to China. Holden returned with what could be Baton Rouge's biggest step toward breaking away from a predominantly oil economy.

Holden is returning from Guiyang, where he made a sister city agreement and what may be an industrial deal of a lifetime. He said this could bring Baton Rouge more than just good relations.

"Well, I think best case would be an electronics plant," said Holden. "Their main clients are Panasonic, Samsung and LG. The lighting for everything from a Blackberry to all of these other things, but the bottom line is that they're looking to moving outside of China and Baton Rouge is a likely place they want to see."

The Chinese city of Guiyang is now bustling with electronics development. It is located 600 miles southwest of China's capital.

Many American states have delegations to these moderate-sized Chinese cities, but not U.S. cities.

The mayor expects his first group of eight visitors next October.

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