Tony Worthington, director of operations for Deere & Co.'s worldwide construction and forestry division, is one of Gluba's new appointees.He lauds the mayor for his boldness in using the Sister Cities Committee to market Davenport as an international city.
The key going forward, he
said, is to develop action strategies to bear business fruit.
"Business spins out of relationships in all places," he
said."Those relationships create contacts, the contacts create conversations, and the conversations build business opportunities."Worthington
said the committee must avoid the pitfall of repeating work the Quad-City Development Group and Iowa Department of Economic Development
are already doing on behalf of Davenport and the Quad-Cities as a whole.
noted that Deere
recently announced a new acquisition in China and has a growing number of personnel in that country.
Cultural understanding and sensitivity, as well as close relationships, are vital in doing business there, he
"The thing about these countries is, you need people on the ground with specific expertise," he