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Central Indiana mayor traveling to Italy to lure business

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A central Indiana mayor plans to take a 10-day trip to Italy in hopes of attracting more foreign businesses to the city.

Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith said he'll meet with executives from five manufacturing companies near the city of Milan during the trip that starts Saturday.

Smith told The Herald Bulletin that city officials have been negotiating with one of the companies, which has had executives visit Anderson twice in the past two months. Smith says he hopes the trip will help close a deal with the company.

The city's economic development director and the CEO of its Flagship Enterprise Center are also going on the trip.

A city spokeswoman said the trip's $9,000 cost is being paid from the city's food-and-beverage tax fund.

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  • try looking in your own backyard
    I am with you 100%.. the leaders in this community haven't a clue what to do without some manufacturing company playing daddy to them. They are so used to suckling from the proverbial teet of GM that they cannot and/or are incapable of thinking on their own due to being programmed by being reared by GM.. i.e. "hey high school principal.. we need bodies on 3rd shift. Give them a HS diploma. Who cares if they deserve it. We don't want them to think." and so it goes without saying that most of those latch-key kids that grew up on their own are now in charge of the community. it is ludicrous that our forefathers are stomping other countries for help. It is embarrassing to say the least and they think this is considered acceptable. Well, if you can't find a way to make it in the USA .. then maybe they just need to go live somewhere else and see how that works for them.
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  • Induhana
    Indiana is such a sad little place. Like Michigan, Illinois and Ohio, we watch as our competitive advantage leaves and instead of doing the heavy lifting, our leaders run off to foreign lands on the taxpayer dime. They are fooling no one. Anderson is a dump and they knew as early as 1980 that the GM gravy train was leaving the station. Here we are, almost 34 years later, and they're doing NOTHING of any substance to fix things. Nobody can think here. Nobody has the courage to boldly move forward. Play it safe. Make it look like you're doing something, even when you know you're not. That's Indiana. That's why productive people get out of here as quickly as they can.
    • Have you missed the Nestle plant?!?
      While far too many political figures do abuse these trips, Kevin Smith and Greg Winkler have used them with amazing success. They have successfully marketed the empty factory buildings with high-powered electric wiring and railroad access to companies all over the world, luring jobs that Muncie and Indy would LOVED to have had. As a Muncie resident, we were kind of glad when Anderson voted Kevin Smith out for a term so we could have a chance to grab a few companies (which we did, including one who had planned to go to Anderson), but Anderson is clearly back on a roll again. I'll never understand how they did it, but Smith and Winkler even got 4G cell signal into Anderson before any other part of the state, to meet foreign market demands. They've got something good figured out, and lots of other cities could stand to take a lesson before they send their people on these trips again.
    • I call BS
      Sounds more like another pay-to-play junket with donors and spouses. Bet you anything not a single job will come of this taxpayer-funded vacation. Everyone's doing it these days!

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