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Chinese Government Officials Meet Colorado Political Leaders


(Colorado Springs, CO - September 20, 2014) -- Rising Chinese political leaders arrive in Denver tomorrow to engage with state politicians and Rocky Mountain culture. The nine-member delegation will spend two weeks in the United States, hosted by El Pomar Foundation and the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit, American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).

“ACYPL provides unique access for the world’s future leaders to a broad spectrum of seasoned experts in diplomacy and communication, and prepares them for effective future service,” reflects William J. Hybl, CEO of El Pomar Foundation and Chairman of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

While in the U.S. the delegates will visit Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Denver and Colorado Springs. During the program, delegates will participate in open discussions with government officials, community, business and nonprofit leaders, as well as local citizens. Through these interactions they will examine government policy making, American politics, political advocacy, and the diplomatic bonds between the U.S. and China.

On September 21 through 25, the group will travel through Denver and Colorado Springs, where the delegates will examine political leadership at the state and local level with the Colorado Attorney General John Suthers amd members of the Colorado Springs City Council and El Paso County Commissioners board.

While in Denver, delegates will also learn about the Congressional election process through meetings with campaign staff for United States Senator Mark Udall and State Representative Cory Gardner. They will have the opportunity to question state media representatives, including the Denver Business Journal’s Ed Sealover, CCTV’s Hendrik Sybrandy, and Rocky Mountain PBS’s Kristin Jones. The delegation will be hosted by longtime ACYPL partner organization El Pomar Foundation. 

In Washington, D.C. and St. Louis, the delegates will focus on the implications of federal policy, learn about the role of the national government, and explore the role of business in the American economy and its relationship with the political process.

El Pomar Foundation is one of the largest and oldest private foundations in Colorado.  El Pomar contributes approximately $22 million annually through grants and Community Stewardship programs to support Colorado nonprofit organizations involved in health, human services, education, arts and humanities, and civic and community initiatives.  Spencer and Julie Penrose founded El Pomar in 1937.  To learn more about El Pomar Foundation please go to

Since its founding in 1966, the American Council of Young Political Leaders has designed, organized and managed unique international exchange activities for young (age 25-40) political and policy leaders worldwide who are selected based on their current political leadership roles and potential for future achievement.  ACYPL programs are designed to promote mutual understanding, respect, and friendship and to cultivate long-lasting relationships among next generation leaders.  Each year, with support from the US Department of State and a wide range of corporate, labor, foundation and individual partners, ACYPL conducts exchanges with 25-30 countries.  ACYPL has a network of nearly 8,000 alumni in 113 countries, many whom have risen to positions of national and international prominence, including over 44 current members of the US Congress, 2 current US governors, as well as ambassadors, cabinet ministers and parliamentarians around the world. For more information, please visit


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