Indiana governor planning trips to Israel, Europe in May

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Indiana's governor is planning economic development trips to Israel and Europe that will include taking the first nonstop commercial flight from Paris to Indianapolis in May.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. said Gov. Eric Holcomb will lead an "agbiosciences-focused" delegation to Israel during a May 6-11 trip. The delegation's activities will include attending the Agritech Israel Conference in Tel Aviv.

Holcomb will lead another group to Europe on May 18, with planned meetings with government and business officials from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Slovakia. The governor is planning his Indiana return May 25 on the inaugural Delta Air Lines flight from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Indianapolis.

These will be Holcomb's fifth and sixth international economic development trips as governor. He's previously gone to Europe, Japan, India and Canada.

First lady Janet Holcomb will lead an agbiosciences-focused delegation to Israel, joined by Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger, Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler, AgriNovus Indiana CEO Beth Bechdol and representatives of the state’s agbiosciences industry.

Costs for the state delegations are being paid through private donations to the Indiana Economic Development Foundation.

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