COLUMBIA, APRIL 25, 2011 — A group of officials from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region will visit the Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center on Tuesday, April 26, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
The group, which includes officials from the provincial government, education and the media, will attend presentations by Boone County elected officials and employees on the duties Boone County’s government and how it is organized. Presenters will include: Wendy Noren, Boone County Clerk; Tom Schauwecker, Boone County Assessor; Patricia Lensmeyer, Boone County Collector; and Lamar Henderson, Boone County Public Information Officer.
The officials are in Columbia attending a program with the Asian Affairs Center in the Missouri International Training Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Through intensive English language classes at MU, they are learning to speak both business and conversational English. Their visit to the Boone County Government Center is to inform them about some aspects of how county governments operate in the United States. In addition to learning in formal settings, they are also engaging in cultural experiences that take them from the average American farm to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. The group’s visit to Columbia began in February and will extend through May 24.
The Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region is a province located in the north of the People’s Republic of China, bordering the Republic of Mongolia and Russia. Inner Mongolia is the third largest province in the PRC, with an area of about 425,000 square miles, and has a population of about 24 million.