Indy World Trade Center 'Full-Steam Ahead'

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World Trade Center - Indianapolis will sign an agreement Thursday with a partner in a key international region. The Memorandum of Understanding between the Indy organization and the World Trade Center - Harbin, China will involve commercial exchanges and regular meetings that could lead to future partnerships. President Doris Anne Sadler says the collaboration holds promise on several fronts including agriculture, agtech and water resource management.

During an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Sadler discussed the next steps for the eight-month-old organization, which include continued work to lock down a physical location. "The city of Indianapolis is aware of what we're trying to do and are very supportive of the concept of some sort of iconic tower -- one that you would think of as a World Trade Center -- downtown Indianapolis, particularly, although there are lots of particular areas that are being discussed at the moment," she said. "We continue to look for developers and investors and I think you'll see positive results of all of that work here in the not-too-distant future."

Sadler says the organization has already hit the ground running for businesses looking to boost their international profiles, creating connections in China, Italy, Cyprus and North Africa. Full licensing approval from the World Trade Center organization is expected to take place February 21, which Sadler says will help the group continue to be "full-steam ahead."

World Trade Center - Indianapolis offers trade services, support and global connections to Hoosier businesses that Sadler says would otherwise not have the resources to hire in-house expertise. "Small and mid-cap company trade is really the future," she said, "and we're really pleased with how far we've come in such a short amount of time."

Thursday's MOU signing is set to include Sadler, Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, World Trade Center - Indianapolis Chairman Greg Zoeller, as well as Chairman Hongshan Zhang and Executive Director Steven Lo from World Trade Center - Harbin. You can connect to more about World Trade Center - Indianapolis by clicking here.

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