Lieutenant Governor Comes To Fort Wayne: Reflects On China Trade Mission

By Jeff Neumeyer

June 22, 2012 Updated Jun 22, 2012 at 6:20 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - As China looks to boost investment in the United States, it's critical that Indiana lands its share of that investment.

At least that's the sentiment of Lt. Governor Becky Skillman, who popped into Fort Wayne Friday, to try and encourage more entrepreneurship among women in the Hoosier workforce.

About a week ago, Skillman returned from her sixth international trade mission, the second trip she'd taken to China, the world economic power from the Far East.

This latest venture resulted in signed agreements with three Chinese companies to do business in Indiana.

Skillman’s jaunt to Fort Wayne involved an appearance at an “Advancing Women in Business” seminar.

One of the highlights of the Chinese mission was a business and trade summit, where 40 Chinese companies expressed interest in doing business here.

The potential benefits to our state are hard to argue.

Skillman says 230 Japanese companies currently are operating inside Indiana's borders.

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman/(R) Indiana: " They are providing more than 40,000 jobs to Hoosiers, I could see in future years, a like amount of investment from China."

This year marks a milestone for a connection between Indiana and China.

25 years ago, Indiana forged a sister state relationship with Zhejiang Province, which Skillman claims has translated into a significant number of new jobs for Hoosier workers.

During the recent trip, a different Chinese province showed interest in developing a similar arrangement.




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