More than 30 foreign ambassadors—representing countries across four continents—are scheduled to be in Indianapolis May 6-8 to learn about Indiana’s economy and explore potential business relationships with Hoosier firms.
Billed as an opportunity to boost trade and investment, the visit is part of the “Experience America” program started by the U.S. Department of State under President George W. Bush.
Indianapolis, the 22nd destination since the program started, was chosen because it has “emerged on the world stage as a signature city for companies in information technology, automotive and advanced manufacturing, as well as biomedical and pharmaceutical research,” according to a State Department announcement.
Diplomats will hear from a panel of business leaders May 8 at a breakfast hosted by the Indy Chamber and will meet May 7 with elected officials from across the state at a reception at Cummins distribution headquarters to learn how businesses and governments can drive global economic and job growth.
The delegation will also tour Cummins’ Midrange Engine Plant in Columbus and Eli Lilly and Co.'s headquarters and meet with Indiana University officials to learn how university-led collaborations can benefit struggling rural communities.