Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton wants to bring more than a few souvenirs back from a trip to China. He'd like to bring back business.
Stanton told CNBC that Phoenix is building an economy with a strong technology component that should be of interest to an emerging market such as China.
"It's how we're going to build that long-term, more diverse, sustainable economy," he said.
Stanton attended the World Economic Forum's annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dailan.
He said the Valley's technology field offers a "quality workforce."
"That's the kind of investment we're trying to attract, and we're headed in the right direction," he said.
The forum, which opened Sept. 11, closes Friday.