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The Journal Gazette

November 29, 2016 1:00 AM

Duke gives NE Indiana regional group grant

Staff, news services

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership has received a $5,000 grant from Duke Energy toward developing a multimedia marketing campaign, Duke officials announced Monday.

The campaign will showcase the 11-county region the partnership represents: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley.

Duke selected 12 economic development groups in Indiana to receive grants.

The grants are designed “to help attract jobs and business investment,” the company said in a statement.

John Sampson, the partnership’s president and CEO, said an online project was already planned and its content will not be dictated by Duke.

The partnership plans to update video and photography on its website.

Holcomb heading trade mission to UK

Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb will lead a trade mission to the United Kingdom next month, his office announced Monday. This is the first international jobs and trade mission for Holcomb, who is also governor-elect of Indiana.

“Here in Indiana, we are proud to boast an international economy in which nearly 800 foreign-owned businesses currently operate,” Holcomb said in a statement.

The United Kingdom is Indiana’s largest European investor. Since 2009, U.K.-owned companies have announced plans to invest more than $852 million to expand or locate in Indiana.

British government may face lawsuit

A pro-Europe think tank says it’s willing to take the British government to court in order to keep the U.K. in the European Union single market once it leaves the bloc.

The group British Influence argues that leaving the EU does not automatically mean leaving the larger European Economic Area, whose members belong to the EU’s tariff-free single market in goods and services.

In return, EEA members pay into EU coffers and accept free movement from member states.

The British government says the U.K. will leave the EEA once it quits the EU.