Zoeller Looks to Plug State Into Global 'Grid'

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The outgoing Indiana attorney general is spearheading an effort he says could enhance the state's global economic standing. Greg Zoeller, whose last day in public office is Monday, has teamed with former Marion County Clerk Doris Anne Sadler to head a group of investors working toward landing a license for an Indianapolis-based World Trade Center organization and facility. Zoeller says the connections that would come from the arrangement would plug Indy and the state "into this grid, so to speak, of a world trading community."

He says partnering with the New York-based organization with a presence in 90 countries would open Hoosier businesses up to additional leads they may not otherwise be able to access. "The employees that work in those companies in Indiana would also see a benefit, because you increase the volume of your sales. So even without trying to sell products specifically to another country, if you're part of the World Trade Center, you're likely to increase the sales opportunity and kind of grow your markets just by being part of this association," he said. Plans call for a physical WTCA Indianapolis location, which Zoeller says would create a "hub" that enhances economic ties for the state, city, companies and trade organizations.

Indianapolis is the country's fourth-largest cities without a World Trade Center organization. A formal application will be sent next week and a decision could come down as early as February 9. If approved, Zoeller will be chairman, Sadler will serve as president and Travis Spotts, a former official with the Indiana Office of Management and Budget, will become executive director.

Organizers say the WTCA in Indianapolis would offer: trade information, education and missions, as well as global business-to-business matchmaking, legal and business assistance and even dining/membership club services.

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Zoeller says partnering with the New York-based organization with a presence in 90 countries would open Hoosier businesses up to additional leads they may not otherwise be able to access.
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