By Brent Ruffner | Your Valley
A 15-hour flight to Taipei in October 2019 helped jump start a process that led Phoenix officials to land a Taiwanese semiconductor company.
On Oct. 17, 2019, city of Phoenix officials left Sky Harbor International Airport and traveled to Taiwan to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Phoenix and Taipei that began in 1979.
City of Phoenix officials including Christine Mackay, economic development director for the city, went on the trip.
According to the trip itinerary, officials visited the Bayon Temple at the center of Angkor Thom in Cambodia and saw artifacts from the National Palace Museum, which has 650,000 pieces from the old imperial art collections. A lot of the art collection is from the 60-year reign of Emperor Qianlong and was brought from the Forbidden City in Beijing.