Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch are planning international economic development trips to help strengthen the state's automotive and agriculture industries.
The governor's office announced Monday that Holcomb, First Lady Janet Holcomb and Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger will lead a delegation Sept. 19-21 to northern Italy. They'll promote the idea of business expansion in Indiana.
The delegation plans to meet with executives of Italian companies with operations in Indiana, including OMR Automotive, Fontana and Valbruna Group, and will help celebrate the grand opening of the Dallara Academy at the company’s headquarters in Italy's Motor Valley.
Indiana is home to 30 Italian companies, largely in the automotive and manufacturing industries. Many Indiana-based businesses also have offices and facilities in Italy, including Allison Transmission, Berry Global, Cummins, Franklin Electric, Hillenbrand, Haynes International, Samtec and Zimmer Biomet.
From Sept. 16-19, Crouch and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler will lead a delegation of Indiana's agricultural leaders to Manitoba, Canada. They'll participate in meetings with senior government and university officials and tour research facilities.
Indiana exports more products to Canada than to any other country and is home to more than 70 Canadian businesses, including CN Railway, Dorel Juvenile Group, KIK Custom Products and Magna Powertrain.
Private donations to the Indiana Economic Development Foundation are paying for the trips.
The delegation to Italy will include about half-dozen other travelers, including retired IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher, Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles and Browning Investments Chairman Michael Browning.
The delegation to Canada will include more than 15 people with ties to the agricultural education and industry.