Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman recently returned from her second trade mission to China.
During her seven days in China, Skillman met with governmental and business leaders to encourage new or expanding business to locate in Indiana. She says she signed memorandums of understanding – or MOUs – with three Chinese businesses to come to the Hoosier state. While not official contracts, Skillman says the MOUs signal that the businesses have already researched and expressed significant interest in locating in the state.
“They just want some acknowledgement from the state that the state will help when these issues arise,” she says.
Skillman also honored the state’s 25-year relationship with the Zheijang province and says she signed an agreement with a new province that could provide for greater investment in the state.
“They have great interest in partnering in research and trade opportunities for our agricultural products and also to learn more about rural development from Indiana,” she says.
Skillman says the relationship with the Zheijang province has yielded the state hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars and hopes for similar returns from the new agreement.