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Pence wraps up UK trade trip after blitz of meetings

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Gov. Mike Pence wrapped up his job-hunting mission Wednesday by meeting with a company he said is considering Indiana for its U.S. operations, but his office wouldn’t reveal the firm’s name or any details.

“Out of respect for the company, we cannot share further details about the company or their potential plans in Indiana at this time,” said Pence spokeswoman Christy Denault. “However, we hope to have good news to share in the future.”

Pence also met with executives from more than a hundred aerospace and defense executives during a dinner hosted by Rolls-Royce.

And he talked with the CEO of British Petroleum and the president of Tate & Lyle’s specialty food ingredients division. The British arigbusiness announced Tuesday that it plans to invest $90 million in its Lafayette operations.

In addition, Pence met with executives from Alcoa, GE Aviation, and Ratheon during the Farnborough International Airshow. The airshow is a weeklong event that focuses on trade of aerospace and defense industries then follows with a public event and airshow.

At the airshow, the governor hosted a booth and a reception with more than 50 executives. Pence also sat in on and participated in a roundtable conversation about the competitiveness of the U.S aerospace and defense industrial base.

“Search among the stars of the aerospace industry, and you will find yourself in Indiana, a state that is attracting growth from the industry’s global powerhouse companies,” Pence said in a statement.

“Around the world, I am proud of the reputation Indiana has built as a state that works for business,” he said. “This week, chief executives of leading aerospace firms came ready with questions about doing business in Indiana. We came prepared with the answers—demonstrating that if you want to operate in a location where industry leaders are succeeding, Indiana is the place to be.”

Pence was joined on the trip by a 22-person delegation. This is the third trip Pence has made in the last year to work with companies overseas. He has also been to Germany and Japan.

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  • Reality check
    First, no, people are not moving here. Hence the bi-annual "brain drain" articles. Second, Pence was in no way elected by a "vast majority." The truth is, he barely beat a guy with zero name recognition. My point is that the low cost of living, from a younger person's perspective, is one of the few strengths Indiana has. Why not build on that and be a little realistic?
  • He's Right...
    Steve in Fishers is right. It's very disheartening to want to move somewhere else upon retirement, only to find out that our "low cost of living" severely limits our retirement choices. In addition, why does Pence always rely on his "spokesperson" whenever there isn't so-called happy news to deliver? Personally, as a person who travels quite a bit for work, I find Indiana a wonderful place: friendly people (for the most part); a good standard of living; and a somewhat low crime rate (OK, in the suburbs). I can see why we could be attractive to outsiders. But, the reality is, once these so-called outsiders actually come here, they're going to see narrow-mindedness, bigotry, and "I've got my gun, too bad for you" attitudes, particularly when dealing with Great Britain, where no individuals have authorized guns...
  • Hoosier Livin'
    Yes, it is easy to sit back and admire the low cost of living here in Indiana. But, what about people who want to retire someone other than Indiana? Try buying a retirement home anywhere comparable to what we have here at these low prices. We could move from our home @ Geist to something resembling a double-wide in the Florida Keys. Wow, shoot me now...
  • Say What?
    This list seems to garner a lot of Indiana, Republicans and Pence bashers. Let' start with Indiana. The comment that "no one wants to come to Indiana" ignores the demographic realities. Have you ever looked at the employee census of companies like Cummins. Lilly, Exact Target, IU Health, Cook Medical, Zimmer, Purdue or a host of others? People from all over the country and all over the world come here. I sold a house to a British guy from South Africa who works for Red Gold. And you all are free to bash Republicans and Pence all you want to -- that's your right. However, bear in mind that Pence and the Republicans in the state legislature were elected by a vast majority of the residents of the state of Indiana. It's likely to remain that way, so if that set of circumstances makes you so hateful towards Indiana, maybe you should consider moving to someplace that makes you happier.
  • Here's the sad truth
    Alas, no one wants to move to Indiana. That's it. The end. Moving there will cost companies their best employees because, to repeat, no one wants to move to Indiana. Instead of sending the governor to these asinine dinners (by the way, a dinner with 100+ people is not a "meeting"), the governor needs to plow whatever money it takes into making Indiana the most connected state in the union. Then, once everyone has high speed Internet access, invest in educating Hoosiers in tech skills - coding, app development, enterprise systems management, etc. THEN, market Indiana as a source for skilled, low cost, telecommuting labor. Corporations no longer have to pay their coders San Fran-level living wages and workers can afford to buy a house with a yard. Yes, it's a long-range plan, but one that's a whole lot more likely to work than the fairy tale that any Fortune 50 company is going to move its headquarters to a place with no oceans, beaches, mountains or planes that fly there regularly.
  • Coincidence?
    How is it every time Pence run CECI or State School Board make major pushes to limit or take away power from State Superintendent Glenda Ritz... Pence happens to be out of town on "Economic Development" trips and is unavailable for the media?
  • why
    And they keep sending him back....why oh why can't they keep him

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