Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence, First Lady Karen Pence and state officials will travel to the United Kingdom (UK) on Saturday on an economic development mission to bring jobs and investment to Indiana. The trip will include attending the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA), one of the largest worldwide exhibitions dedicated to the aviation industry.
“From the exhibition floor of the Farnborough International Airshow to business meetings across London, leaders in the aviation and aerospace industries will soon be hearing all about Indiana,” said Governor Pence. “They will be listening to the story of a state that works, where our stellar workforce and business climate have made Indiana one of the best places in the world to grow a business. Our goal with this mission is to propel these businesses to Indiana, bringing more jobs and opportunity for all Hoosiers.”
This will be Pence’s third international job-hunting trip as governor. The 22-person delegation includes business leaders, economic development officials and university representatives. In addition to Governor Pence and First Lady Karen Pence, the state will be represented by Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith.
Also attending FIA will be Governor Pence’s daughter, Audrey, and son, Michael. The Governor will personally pay for the trip expenses of his children.
The cost of the state delegation is being covered through private donations to the Indiana Economic Development Foundation.
The Governor will depart for the UK on July 12 and conclude the jobs mission on July 16. Below is his daily itinerary for the trip:
Monday, July 14
Governor Pence will join leaders in the state’s aerospace and aviation industries for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the inaugural Indiana booth at FIA. He and Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) officials will conduct business meetings with Rolls-Royce and Alcoa at the airshow. In the afternoon, the Governor will host a reception at the Indiana booth for business leaders.
In the evening, the Governor will meet in London with Lakshmi Mittal, chairman and chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaking company.
Tuesday, July 15
The Governor will meet with GE Aviation executives and view the LEAP engine at the company’s pavilion at FIA. He will then participate in a roundtable dialogue with chief executives of leading American aerospace industry companies, along with Washington Governor Jay Inslee and several U.S. government officials. He will also meet with leaders of Raytheon at the airshow.
The Governor will then travel to London to meet with executives at Tate & Lyle and Bob Dudley, chief executive officer of BP. In the evening, the Governor and First Lady will attend a reception and dinner hosted by the chairman and directors of Rolls-Royce.
Wednesday, July 16
The Governor will meet with a business prospect.
Members of the delegation are:
Governor Mike Pence
First Lady Karen Pence
Victor Smith, IEDC
Carl Boss, Garrity Tool Company
Tom Carr, J&L Dimensional Services
Larry Corey, J&L Dimensional Services
John Goode, Jr., MSP Aviation
Katelyn Hancock, IEDC
Jody Hamilton, Greater Lafayette Commerce
Rollie Helmling, IEDC
Dave Lawrence, Aerodyn Engineering
Salena Lee, IEDC
Scott Maddox, Riverside Manufacturing
Stewart McMillian, Task Force Tips & Ivy Tech State Trustee
Fred Merritt, Riverside Manufacturing
Ryan Metzing, Indiana Aerospace and Defense Council
Kelly Nicholl, IEDC
Kevin Rector, Indiana Department of Transportation
Brook Steed, IEDC
Jeff Terp, Ivy Tech
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://www.in.gov/gov/UK2014.htm.