Governor-elect Eric Holcomb, fresh off his first international trade mission, says a global view will be "critically important, maybe more so," to his economic development strategy. In his first sit-down television interview since he was elected, Holcomb said the three-day trip to the United Kingdom, the state’s number one European trading partner, included high-level meetings with companies including Rolls-Royce, ArcelorMittal and Tate & Lyle. "To have the type of reception, from members of the parliament, ministry-level of trade and foreign affairs, really spoke volumes about their respect for the state of Indiana and our relationship," said Holcomb.
In an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, the governor-elect said he conveyed priorities of his incoming administration to corporate executives on the trip. They include infrastructure and education.
The delegation to the United Kingdom included the British Consul General in Chicago, Stephen Bridges, Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith and Indiana Economic Development Corp. President Jim Schellinger.
After returning to Indiana, Holcomb announced Schellinger will be Indiana’s next secretary of commerce, succeeding Smith, who is returning to the private sector.
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