Hsinchu City Mayor Lin Chih-chien spoke to members and guests this week at the W Taipei for AmCham Taiwan’s third “Meet the Mayor” luncheon.
Lin began by speaking about his lifetime association with Hsinchu. Born and raised in Hsinchu, the mayor has seldom left the city, except for vacations. He discussed how his lifelong desire to better Hsinchu led him to his current position as mayor.
Lin conveyed four of Hsinchu’s major characteristics to the audience. The city, he noted, has a high per capita income, the highest birth rate of the island’s other cities, a very educated citizenry, and a very low average age of 39 years old. Consequently, Lin’s government has a very unique approach to governing the city, placing an emphasis on the needs of its young population.
Lin went on to describe the city government’s ongoing priorities. The mayor’s office has been leading the construction of several schools, parks, hospitals, kindergartens, and other public attractions such as zoos. Construction of Hsinchu’s children’s hospital, funded through a BOT (build-operate-transfer) arrangement, will be completed in April 2022. Lin also hopes to create more public areas such as the 竹科X coworking space, and to hold community events such as the Hsinchu Arts Festival.
Moreover, at 300 years, Hsinchu is one of Taiwan’s oldest cities. Mayor Lin hopes to renovate historic buildings in Hsinchu to promote tourism, attract new residents, and elevate the quality of life for the city’s residents.
Finally, Lin expressed his hope to consolidate Hsinchu City and County, which would make business and administration more efficient, and in so doing, attract more talent and business.
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