Gov. Bevin heads to Europe for industrial trade fair in Germany, other business meetings

04/26/2016 09:29 AM

Gov. Matt Bevin has flown to Europe to promote Kentucky as a business destination, his office announced Tuesday in a news release.

Bevin will attend the Hannover Messe Fair in Hannover, Germany, on Tuesday, when he will meet with current businesses with locations in the state as well as others that may be looking to expand in Kentucky, according to the release. The governor is scheduled to continue traveling and meeting with executives in Germany, France and Belgium throughout the week.

Bevin called the trip to Europe “an incredible opportunity to sell the benefits of locating in Kentucky to a number of the world’s premier manufacturers.”

“Our delegation’s mission is to actively recruit international companies and showcase why they should choose the Commonwealth for their next major project,” he said in a statement.

“We enjoy a strong economic relationship with European companies — they currently own and operate 180 facilities in the state and employ nearly 29,000 Kentuckians. We intend to build on that existing strength.”

Others from Kentucky will participate in the Hannover Messe Fair, the world’s largest industrial exhibition that began Monday and continues through Friday, such as the Kentucky Innovation Network, KentuckyUnited and the Cabinet for Economic Development, according to the release.

“There is no better way than speaking in person with industry executives at Hannover Messe and during our Europe trip, to demonstrate our state’s commitment to providing first-class service to existing and potential corporate partners,” Erik Dunnigan, the cabinet’s acting secretary, said in a statement.

“This trip takes abroad our messages about Kentucky’s vibrant economy, advanced manufacturing capabilities and location advantages that rank second to none.”


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