Infosys Talks at Center of India Trip

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Infosys plans to invest nearly $9 million to occupy space in OneAmerica Tower downtown. Infosys plans to invest nearly $9 million to occupy space in OneAmerica Tower downtown.

Indiana's secretary of commerce says meetings with technology giant Infosys will be a key part of an economic development trip to India that begins today. Jim Schellinger says the company is interested in future growth opportunities in Indiana, and adds face-to-face discussions with executives are the best way to make that happen. In May, Infosys announced in would bring a tech and innovation hub to central Indiana and eventually hire up to 2,000 workers.

Since that announcement, state economic development leaders have been pitching the company on making Indianapolis its central campus in the United States, which could result in even more jobs. Infosys has said it plans to hire 100 associates by the end of this year, and another 400 in 2018.

Governor Eric Holcomb is leading the delegation, which is set to return November 3. The itinerary includes stops in Dehli, Bangalore, Mysore and Pune to meet with government leaders, business prospects and foreign chambers, such as the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says at least nine India-based companies operate in Indiana. In addition to Infosys, they include Appirio (a Wipro Company) in Indianapolis, KPIT Infosystems in Columbus and MSSL Wiring Systems in Portland, among others. The IEDC says Indiana exports to India have increased 117 percent since 2006, reaching a total of $266.6 million in 2016.

In addition to Holcomb and Schellinger, the delegation includes Indiana India Business Council President Raju Chinthala, TechPoint Chief Executive Officer Mike Langellier, Genesys Director of Strategic Accounts Roger Reeves and Indiana University School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering Dean Raj Acharya. The trip marks Holcomb's third international trade mission as governor. He traveled to Europe in June and visited Japan last month.

Schellinger says the Infosys deal shows the value of in-person relationships.
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