September 12, 2013, Yanan, China. Following his last trip to Yan’an, the founder of MCM Group, Michael C. Mitchell was invited again to present a planning seminar in the city of revolutionary legacy. Accompanied by the leadership of the Yan’an New Town, Michael visited the new district site where MCM was invited to participate in the planning and design for the new town project.
On the second day of the visit of the MCM delegation, Mr. Mitchell delivered a workshop on “Yan’an North District Overall Planning Strategies”. During the workshop, he pointed out the necessity of building a green and sustainable new town by integrating the functions including modern trade and commerce, financial services, education and training, etc. Mayor Xue of the new town hosted the event and thoroughly participated in the planning discussion with Mr. Mitchell.
After the workshop, Yan’an TV conducted an exclusive interview with Michael. The following are brief excerpts from the interview:
Journalist: Could you make some comments on the new town?
As I spoke with the city’s leadership, the positioning and goals of the new town project are well defined, which I think will meet the needs of the whole city for 10 to 20 years.
Journalist: What are your suggestions on the development of the new town?
We had the same discussion with the new town government leadership in the morning. As the project has just started, it is like a piece of blank paper. I believe the project can be built into a modern international model through proper planning and design. With the aim to create a green and sustainable new town, we can further elevate the living standard for all the area citizens.