Holcomb Details European Trip

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Governor Eric Holcomb's office has released additional details of a trade mission to Europe, which begins Monday. The delegation will spend the next nine days traveling through Hungary and France in an effort to attract jobs and investment to Indiana.

While in Hungary, Holcomb and Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger will meet with Hungarian Minister of National Economy Mihály Varga and then attend a business forum during which representatives of Indiana and Hungary will discuss opportunities to increase investment and exports between the two.

Holcomb also plans to meet with the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary and the president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Joining Holcomb and Schellinger on the Hungary portion of the trip are First Lady Janet Holcomb, Jan Wiedemann, director of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.'s Europe office, and members of Holcomb's staff and security detail.

"I’m excited to lead this delegation to Europe and share the economic successes of Indiana with an audience of international leaders," said Holcomb. "Our administration will continue to take Indiana to the world and bring the world to Indiana."

The delegation will travel to Le Mans, France on Saturday for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, which will feature not only several INDYCAR drivers, but will also host executives from automotive and motorsports firms with a presence in Indiana, including Dallara, Chip Ganassi Racing and Toyota.

Holcomb also plans to meet with executives from Michelin, which employs more than 1,200 in Fort Wayne, as well as other companies with Indiana ties, such as GE Aviation, Safran Arconic, and Faurecia. 

Joining the governor and first lady on the France portion of the tirp are:

  • Rollie Helmling, senior vice president of business development, IEDC;
  • Matt Wade, vice president of marketing, IEDC;
  • Jan Wiedemann, director of the IEDC's Europe office
  • Aerodyn: Professor M. Razi Nalim
  • Applied Composites Engineering: Leigh Sargent and Matt Steward
  • Conexus: Ryan Metzing
  • Greater Columbus Indiana Economic Development: Mayor Jim Leinhoop, Jason Hester and Kathy Ertel (Jennings County)
  • Greater Lafayette Commerce: Scott Walker
  • Hoosier Racing Tire: John DeSalle and Craig Benninghoff
  • Indiana General Assembly: Sen. Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) and Rep. Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City)
  • Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory: Bob Fagan
  • Purdue Research Foundation: Dan Hasler and Paul Moses
  • Riverside Manufacturing: Fred Merritt
  • Two staff members and three members of the Governor’s security detail

You can view more information about the delegation's schedule by clicking here.

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