Pyeongtaek (平澤) is a region consisting mainly of rural areas, and is a village where noble people who love “nongak” (traditional Korean music performed by farmers) and preserve purity live.
There is a nice man from Pyeongtaek, whose hometown is a flat and beautiful pond that reminds us of our hometown. He is CEO Kim Soo-woo of Brain City Co.
CEO Kim's career is truly spectacular. He boasts of a wide spectrum that will cover the whole country beyond the Pyeongtaek City area.
While serving as the 7th member of Pyeongtaek City Council, Brain City CEO Kim created a resting space and exercise facilities so that the citizens of Pyeongtaek Sosabeol New Town have no choice but to love them, and installed a fountain in the middle of the lake. He did a great job making it a landmark lake park.
The water quality improvement project of Tongbokcheon Stream linking the old and new downtowns of Pyeongtaek City was carried out and natural monuments such as cranes and wild geese came back. Kim was a city councilman carefully keeping environment.
CEO Kim said, “I remember the most memorable case when I knew that many middle and high school students faced the difficulty of purchasing school uniforms due to their family’s poor financial status, and actively carried out the school uniform support project. Also, I implemented the ‘love purchase’ project, which purchases products made by the disabled first.”
Taking these into consideration, Kim is certain to be a city councilman with a compassionate spirit who silently practiced his duties for the well-being and welfare of many citizens. He also sponsored the visually impaired group for over 20 years.
Korea-US Children's Cultural Exchange Association is the gateway to the future
It is a time when borders between countries are gradually disappearing, and talents with excellent collaboration skills are required to cooperate and converge with each other.
A continuation of realization is necessary on how to communicate with others and what to think and live.
CEO Kim said, “The background of the establishment of the Korea-U.S. Children’s Cultural Exchange Association was to reverse the prevailing image of US military base villages with bad images such as alcohol and gambling.”
It is his theory that the future of Korea is bright if children can learn ways of interacting with other countries such as Korean culture, daily life, and social awareness in various ways.
Pyeongtaek Brain City Development Project is the largest general industrial complex building project in Gyeonggi-do to create a high-tech industrial complex of 4.82 million square meters in Doil-dong, Pyeongtaek City, a university, a university hospital, residential and commercial facilities.
Pyeongtaek Brain City aims to be completed in 2023, with industrial facilities on 1.7 million square meters, residential facilities on 840,000 square meters, common facilities on 2.08 million square meters, support facilities on 110,000 square meters, and commercial facilities on 80,000 square meters. Of which the first phase is industrial facilities on about 1.45 million square meters to be built by Pyeongtaek City Corp., a public company affiliated with Pyeongtaek City.
The second stage is about 3.36 million square meters in size, on which public facilities, residential facilities, and support facilities will be created by the Brain City Project Financial Investment.
The Brain City Project Financial Investment was established with the investment of Jungheung Construction Group, Jungheung Construction, and Pyeongtaek City Corp., and 62 lots out of a total of 66 lots (235,388 square meters) were successfully bid through the secondary supply of land.
At the beginning of the Brain City project, Sungkyunkwan University had planned a 580,000 square meter Sungkyunkwan University Pyeongtaek campus project, but due to a decrease in the number of students and delays in the project, Sungkyunkwan University abruptly announced its intention to withdraw from the project and the university bid was canceled.
In response, Pyeongtaek City announced on April 22, 2021, that it would promote the attraction of universities equipped with semiconductor research institutes for nurturing outstanding semiconductor-related talents in general industrial complexes.
After that, it announced that it would provide 460,000 square meters of land free of charge to universities wishing to move in, and support about 100 billion won for construction costs.
After receiving the application for bid in the first half of this year, the city plans to fix a university to move in with the goal of completing the university and an industry-academic research institute in 2025.
The Pyeongtaek Brain City development project has an economic ripple effect of 1.7 trillion won, including local production and value added.
The employment-inducing effect is also great. The most positive effect is to greatly contribute to the revitalization of the regional economy and balanced development of the southern Gyeonggi region.
CEO Kim stressed, “The goal is to make it a region where a strong economy lives and breathes with the 4th industrial base and medical infrastructure.”
Pyeongtaek, the southern region of Gyeonggi-do, is built as a medical complex city to provide high-quality medical services to local residents and to show the taste of pleasant and convenient medical care that encompasses neighboring areas and broadly the Chungcheong region.
Inauguration as the alumni president of Pyeongtaek University
With the motto of Truth, Justice, and Service, Pyeongtaek University started in 1912 under the name of “Pierson memorial Bible Academy” in Sinmun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul under the wish of the American missionary, Pastor Arthur T. Pierson. On September 1, 1913, it received permission to establish “Pierson Memorial Bible Academy Maintenance Foundation” from the government.
Based on this, it contributed greatly to nurturing early Korean Christian leaders and evangelizing the nation.
With a history of 109 years since the establishment of the academy, Pyeongtaek University is taking a new leap forward as the only comprehensive university in the Pyeongtaek area.
Facing the rapidly changing environment and the era of unlimited competition between countries and universities, Pyeongtaek University is faithfully playing the role of a driving force in leading the West Coast era in the 21srt century.
In January 2021, CEO Kim Soo-woo said in his inaugural address as the chairman of the Pyeongtaek University Alumni Association, “As Pyeongtaek University was established by Pierson, the prestigious American family, all issues of division and confrontation will be resolved, and the general alumni association will enter the corporate board to unite the union, foundation, and faculty. We will make Pyeongtaek University a prestigious private school by integrating them into one.”
Have interest in unification policy and diplomacy
CEO Kim said, “As an advisory member of the Pyeongtaek Branch for the National Unification Advisory Council and vice chairman of the Pyeongtaek City Sustainable Development Council, I feel many things.
“The Korean Peninsula must eventually achieve peaceful reunification, and to do so, it is necessary to acknowledge that it is in a geopolitical position where it is necessary to study diplomatic directions and make various attempts,” he emphasized.
CEO Kim, who is currently pursuing a doctoral course in ‘Unification Policy and Diplomacy’ at Korea University, said, “Pyeongtaek is a special area. It has the largest US military base in the world. The importance of the US to the Asia-Pacific region is higher than ever. Pyeongtaek is a place with such a great geographical location.” Related to this, he said, “I am personally preparing to raise the status of Korea.”
My hope to continue various exchange events between Korea and the U.S.
Pyeongtaek is a mosaic area where U.S. military bases and diverse ethnic groups and multiculturalism live in daily life.
Starting with the 'Korea-US Friendship Festival Day' event, Korean cultural experience events such as traditional play, wide jump, “tuho” throwing, and “jegichagi” game were hosted, and the 'Korea-US Children's Drawing Contest' was held in February, with the presentation of a whopping 181 beautiful paintings.
The 'Korea-US Children's Concert' and the 'Kimchi Making' festival with the American military families will be held at Pyeongtaek University Plaza, Kim's alma mater.
CEO Kim said, “As I say again, Pyeongtaek has the appearance of an international city in name and reality. I think that maintaining such a large appearance is a cornerstone for the national interest to regularly and frequently hold cultural events that connect Koreans and foreigners by combining various cultures.”