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|Governor, Wisconsin delegation meet with 200-plus leaders during trip;
agreements signed to forge new partnerships with South Korean companies
|MADISON – Governor Scott Walker and state economic development officials are returning to Wisconsin this weekend after a successful eight-day trade mission to Japan and South Korea.Governor Walker and officials of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) engaged with more than 200 leaders from business, government, academia and industry organizations during the trip. The meetings included business roundtables, networking events and one-on-one meetings with specific companies with operations in Wisconsin or those considering expanding in the U.S. In addition, executives from eight companies who were part of the Wisconsin delegation took part in targeted, one-on-one meetings with potential business partners
“This trade mission provided us with an outstanding opportunity to make a strong case for why businesses in Japan and South Korea should consider investing in Wisconsin, and the connections we made during the trip will pay dividends for the state’s economy,” said Governor Walker. “At the same time, the Wisconsin business leaders who joined us reported great success in their efforts to reach new markets and develop partnerships in both countries.”
Governor Walker will be back in Wisconsin on Saturday after visiting with members of the 115th Fighter Wing, a unit of the Wisconsin Air National Guard currently stationed at the Kunsan Air Base along the west coast of South Korea.
The governor led the 22-member delegation that included Mark Hogan, WEDC secretary and CEO, and Katy Sinnott, vice president of International Business Development for WEDC. The mission, which began Sept. 9, was aimed at encouraging continued foreign investment in Wisconsin and helping state companies develop business partnerships.
Highlights of the trip included:
Governor Walker will lead a trade mission to Israel from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3 and is encouraging Wisconsin companies interested in reaching new overseas markets to join him on the trip. For details on that trade mission, visit www.inwisconsin.com/israel17.