INDIANAPOLIS (July 28, 2009) - Governor Mitch Daniels today announced he will lead a delegation of Hoosier business leaders and elected officials on the first economic development mission to China by an Indiana governor in more than a decade. The governor also will make economic development stops in Japan and attend the Japan-U.S. Midwest Conference during his fourth visit to the country since 2005.
The delegation will depart Indiana on September 5 and return on September 16. The governor will travel in China September 6-11 in Shanghai and Zhejiang, Indiana's Chinese sister-state. He will travel to Japan September 11-16 where he is scheduled to visit Tochigi Prefecture, Indiana's Japanese sister-state, and attend the Japan-U.S. Midwest Conference in Tokyo. Daniels will meet with government and business leaders in both countries and will host three business receptions for potential investors.
More than 42,000 Hoosiers are employed by the more than 200 Japanese companies in the state with investments of more than $9.8 billion. Daniels hopes to see modest Chinese investment in the state parallel the growth of Japanese investment in the future.
The cost of the state delegation is being covered entirely through private donations to the Indiana Economic Development Foundation and utilizes no tax dollars. In addition to Governor Daniels, the state will be represented by Secretary of Commerce Mitch Roob.
This will be the fifth trade mission that Daniels has led as governor. In 2005, Governor Daniels led the largest delegation in Indiana history on his first jobs hunting mission to Japan and Taiwan. The following year, the governor returned to Japan and also made economic development stops in South Korea. Daniels led two trade missions in 2007, one to Germany and the United Kingdom, and another to Japan. The governor was unable to join the state delegation that traveled to Japan last year because he stayed to coordinate the state's disaster recovery efforts following severe weather and flooding across much of the state.
NOTE: Members of the media who may wish to join the mission should contact the governor's office for additional information. Details about the governor's travel itinerary will be released at a later date.
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