Pence Details Jobs Portion of Israel Trip

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Governor Mike Pence has outlined the economic development leg of his nine-day visit to Israel. The schedule includes a Monday meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the country's minister of economy, as well as discussions with an Israeli aerospace technology developer and plastics manufacturer. December 23, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Governor Mike Pence departed this week on a nine-day trip to Israel, which includes visits to cultural sites and a three-day economic development mission to bring jobs and investment to Indiana.

"Hoosiers and Israelis have a bond connecting us in education, business, culture and values. With this trip we'll focus on deepening those relationships, looking at ways to nurture shared growth and success," said Pence. "As friends, we're stronger together, and together our shared entrepreneurial spirit and drive can lead to opportunities that are boundless."

This will be Pence's fifth international job-hunting mission as governor. In addition to Governor Pence, the state will be represented by Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith during the three-day economic development portion of the trip to expand economic ties between Indiana and Israel. The cost of the state delegation is being covered through private donations to the Indiana Economic Development Foundation.

The Governor's family will travel with him to Israel to celebrate the holidays and tour various holy sites. The trip expenses of Governor Pence and First Lady Karen Pence during the cultural day site visits are being covered by Christians United for Israel. The economic development portion of the trip is being covered by the Indiana Economic Development Foundation. The Governor and First Lady will personally pay for the travel expenses of their three children. The state of Indiana will pay for the Indiana State Police troopers traveling as the Governor's security detail.

Below is the daily itinerary for the three-day economic development portion of the trip. The remainder of the trip will be personal time for the First Family and there will be no updates or schedules shared for this portion of the trip.

Monday, December 29

Governor Mike Pence will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem to discuss economic relations between Indiana and Israel, as well as Israeli Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett. He will also visit Yad Vashem and lay a wreath in a remembrance ceremony for Holocaust victims.

In the evening, the Governor will attend a dinner hosted by Israeli Ambassador Alon Ushpiz, Political Directorate & Deputy Director General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Tuesday, December 30

The Governor will host an Invest in Indiana breakfast seminar for companies interested in locating or growing in Indiana. He will also give remarks highlighting Indiana-Israel economic ties and U.S.-Israeli relations at a luncheon hosted by the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Tel Aviv.

He will also hold meetings with executives of aerospace technology developer Israel Aerospace Industries, Maj. Gen. Amos Gilad, director of the Political-Military Affairs Bureau at Israel's Defense Ministry, and Michel Ben-Baruch, director of the International Defense Cooperation Agency of the Israeli Ministry of Defense.

In the evening, the Governor will participate in a symposium hosted by Republicans Abroad in Jerusalem.

Wednesday, December 31

The Governor will begin the day with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv for an economic briefing on the state of Israel's economy. He will then meet with Israeli Chief Scientist Avi Hasson to discuss ways to foster innovation and entrepreneurship between Hoosier and Israeli life sciences and tech sectors. The Governor will also meet with leaders of Israeli plastic housewares maker Keter Plastics and automotive electronics designer Taditel, both of which have operations in Anderson, Ind.

Members of the delegation are:

Governor Mike Pence

First Lady Karen Pence

Audrey Pence

Charlotte Pence

Michael Pence

Victor Smith, Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC)

Steve Akard, IEDC

Katelyn Hancock, IEDC

Two members of the Governor’s security detail will also travel

Updates from the economic development portion of the Governor’s mission, including video clips and photos, will be posted throughout the trip here:

Source: The Office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence