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IUPUI official joins delegation of mayors, business and agriculture leaders on state economic development mission to China


June 8, 2012

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    IU Communications

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Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman will lead a 37-member delegation of mayors and business and agriculture leaders on an economic development mission to China, June 11 to 17. IUPUI Vice Chancellor Amy Warner is a member of the delegation.

According to a news release issued by the office of the lieutenant governor, Skillman will recognize Indiana’s 25-year relationship with Zhejiang province. The lieutenant governor will make stops in Hangzhou, Yuhang and Beijing to strengthen Indiana’s relationship with China.

As Indiana’s secretary of agriculture, Skillman will promote Hoosier products. Indiana’s agricultural exports have increased in recent years, with a large majority of the growth coming from China. Indiana exported an estimated $1.035 billion in food and agricultural products to China in 2011.

The costs of the trade mission are being covered through private donations.

Other members of the delegation are:

Tracy Belcher, Pacific World Trade
Bradley Bookout, City of Muncie
Jessica Cheng, Pacific World Trade
Isabella Chism, Indiana Farm Bureau
Matt Claeys, Purdue University
Troy Clay, Mno-Bmadsen Economic Development
Randy Curless, Indiana Pork
Jeff Day, EHOB
Tom Dusing, Travel Leaders Indianapolis
Mayor Shawna Girgis, City of Bedford
Randall Head, City of Logansport
Chuck Hibberd, Purdue University
Larry Ingraham, Ingraham & Associates Inc.
Dennis Kelley, Pacific World Trade
Joe Kelsay, Indiana State Department of Agriculture
Michael Kern, Gaylor Inc.


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