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Pence off to Germany

Gov. Mike Pence will lead an economic development and jobs mission to Germany next month, his second international job-hunting trip as governor.

"This well-timed trip is an exceptional opportunity to continue telling the world why Indiana is a state that works for business," he said. "As the third largest foreign employer in Indiana, German companies recognize the quality of Indiana-made goods. During this targeted jobs mission, we will showcase Indiana on an international stage, meet with German business leaders and learn how Indiana can continue to enhance its reputation as the U.S. destination of choice for their investments."

Pence will leave April 12 and return April 18. During the targeted job-hunting trip, he will travel to Aachen, Wipperfurth, Bocholt, Hanover and Berlin to meet with business and government leaders and host a business reception for potential investors. He will also make calls to executives from Zentis GmbH & Co., VOSS Automotive and Jaeger Holding as well as other companies with Indiana operations.

In response to Ambassador to the United States Dr. Peter Ammon's visit to Indiana last summer to promote the Skills Initiative, the Governor will visit Zentis to learn firsthand about Germany's distinguished workforce development system.

During the trip, the Governor will also visit Ramstein Air Base, the U.S. Air Forces European headquarters and home to the 86th Airlift Wing.

The cost of the state delegation is being covered through private donations to the Indiana Economic Development Foundation. In addition to Governor Pence, the state will be represented by First Lady Karen Pence and Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) has an office in Berlin and its representatives will assist with trip arrangements.

This jobs mission comes just seven months after Pence led a delegation to Japan.

To contact Niki Kelly email her at nkelly@jg.net or follow her @nkellyatJG.

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