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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Governor plans foreign trade trip

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 11:09 AM

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced today a foreign trade trip to Europe and Israel.

He'll be joined by Mike Preston, director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, and several staff members for a trip June 17-24 to France, Germany and Israel.

He's taken trips previously to China and Japan, Cuba and China again. This is the third trip to Europe.

First stop will be the Paris Air Show. Arkansas has several foreign aerospace operations, including the Dassault plant in Little Rock that just went through another round of layoffs.

The governor said the trips are valuable in producing job-producing decisions.

Germany is the biggest foreign investor in Arkansas in terms of jobs. Hutchinson said Israel is of interest for growing technology and defense businesses. There are currently no Israeli companies operating here.

The trip will cost about $85,000, with $80,000 provided by AEDC and the rest by State Police for governor's security. Some additional costs might be covered by the Arkansas Econmomic Development Foundation after the trip.

The delegation:

* Governor Asa Hutchinson (plus state police security)
* First Lady Susan Hutchinson
* Bill Gossage, Deputy Chief of Staff for External Operations (Governor’s Office)
* Alisha Curtis, Executive Assistant to the Governor and Economic Development Liaison (Governor’s Office)
* Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission
* Danny Games, Executive Vice President for Global Business (Arkansas Economic Development Commission)
* Bentley Story, Director of Business Development (Arkansas Economic Development Commission)
* Dr. Cornelius Schnitzler, Director of European Office (Arkansas Economic Development Commission)

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