Village of Orland Park Hosts Delegates from China

Village of Orland Park Hosts Delegates from China
Posted on 11/22/2016

On November 14 & 15, the Village of Orland Park welcomed nine delegates from Shenzhen, China, to meet with village employees and gain a better understanding of the inner workings of local government.  The two-day training explored Orland Park’s economic development, village administration, development services and planning, as well as police and fire.

“Over the past seven years, the Village of Orland Park has proudly participated in the China exchange program through Twenty-First Century Institute,” said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “We are honored to have these nine guests from Shenzhen experience Orland Park and learn more about municipal life in the south suburbs.

The delegates spent time with Assistant Village Manager Joe La Margo, Police Commander Pat Duggan, and staff from the Orland Park Police Department, the Orland Fire Protection District, and the Orland Park Public Library.

“With this unique program, delegates stay in the United States for three months, visiting villages and cities to get hands-on experience on the multiple levels of government in Illinois,” McLaughlin said. 

The visit also included the delegates giving Orland Park staff a presentation on Shenzhen, China, a metropolitan city with a population of 20 million. Shenzhen is near Hong Kong and considered to be one of the fastest-growing cities in the world.

In 2015, Orland Park hosted a different team of delegates, also from Shenzhen.