Central Indiana mayor traveling to Italy to lure business

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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