Governor Mike Pence, First Lady Karen Pence and state officials will travel to Germany on Saturday on an economic development mission to bring jobs and investment to Indiana.
Indianapolis – “As the third largest foreign source of Hoosier jobs, Germany plays a pivotal role in our Hoosier economy,” said Pence. “When it comes to the passion, dedication and work ethic of the Hoosier workforce, it is easy to see why the world continues to select Indiana as the home of its foreign direct investment. I’m looking forward to advocating on behalf of the 12,500 Hoosiers currently employed by German companies and the thousands more whose future jobs they may create. Indiana’s story is one of a state that works, and I look forward to sharing it directly with German business executives and decision makers.”
This will be Pence’s second international job-hunting trip as Governor. The cost of the state delegation is being covered through private donations to the Indiana Economic Development Foundation.
The Governor will depart Indiana on April 12 and return on April 18. Below is his daily itinerary for the trip:
Monday, April 14
Governor Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence will visit Ramstein Air Base, the U.S. Air Forces European headquarters and home to the 86th Airlift Wing, where they will hold an open forum with Indiana service men and women and visit wounded soldiers at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
Tuesday, April 15
The Governor will tour Zentis GmbH’s vocational training program. He will also meet with representatives of the Aachen Chamber of Commerce and travel to Wipperfürth to meet with leaders of VOSS Automotive GmbH.
The First Lady will travel to Cologne, Indianapolis’ sister city, to visit the Museum Ludwig. Prior to the trip, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) gave Mrs. Pence a replica of the iconic LOVE sculpture, which she will present to Museum Ludwig officials. In Cologne, Museum Ludwig officials will give her a sculpture replica to bring back to the IMA.
In the evening, the Governor will travel to Gelsenkirchen to meet with a prospective company.
Wednesday, April 16
The Governor will travel to Hanover, home of the Jäger Group. The Governor will meet with company leaders, tour production areas and learn more about the German system of dual education.
The First Lady will travel to Löhne, Columbus’ sister city, to meet with Mayor Heinz-Dieter Held and present him and school leaders with a banner created by Columbus elementary school students.
The Governor and First Lady will then travel by train to Berlin and host a Friends of Indiana reception for business and government leaders.
Thursday, April 17
The Governor will begin the day at the U.S. Embassy for a briefing on the state of Germany’s economy. He will then meet individually with Stephan Steinlein, Secretary of State of the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany; Dr. Andreas Nicolin, director of the International Trade Unit in the German Chancellery; Stefan Kapferer, Secretary of State for Business and Technology; and policy directors of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce & Industry. The Governor will also meet with a prospective company.
The First Lady will tour the Berlin Weissensee School of Art’s art therapy program.
Friday, April 18
The Governor, First Lady and members of the delegation will return to Indiana from Berlin.
Members of the delegation are:
Governor Mike Pence
First Lady Karen Pence
Victor Smith, Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC)
Steve Akard, IEDC
Kent Anderson, IEDC
Marilyn Fernandez, Office of the First Lady
Katelyn Hancock, IEDC
Two members of the Governor’s security detail will also travel.
Updates from the Governor’s trade mission, including video clips and photos, will be posted throughout the trip here: http://in.gov/gov/Germany2014.htm.