Regional Partnership Travels to Japan with Gov. Holcomb

August 30th, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership’s President and CEO John Sampson will join Gov. Eric Holcomb’s delegation of business leaders and economic development officials on a trade mission to Japan Sept. 7-15.

The goal of the trip is to strengthen relationships and encourage continued investment and trade.

“Strengthening our relationships with Japanese companies allows Northeast Indiana to be more competitive in the global marketplace and directly supports our tenacious mission to increase business investment in the region. It is a privilege for the Regional Partnership to represent our region on the Governor’s trade mission,” said Sampson.  

The delegation will meet with Japanese government officials, national business chambers and executives of Japanese companies with operations in Indiana, including Subaru, Toyota and Honda. Specifically, the delegation will visit Tokyo, Nagoya and Tochigi Prefecture.

“The Regional Partnership’s participation in Gov. Holcomb’s visit to Japan illustrates the region’s determination to proactively encourage foreign direct investment in our 11 counties,” said Keith Gillenwater, president and CEO of Grow Wabash County.

More than 280 Japanese businesses operate in Indiana, and the state's relationship with Japan is critical to the state’s economy.

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About the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership’s mission is to build, market and sell Northeast Indiana to increase business investment. Founded in 2006, the public-private partnership strives to build a globally competitive region. The Regional Partnership’s Vision 2030 framework supports collaborative regional efforts to increase per capita income, population growth and educational attainment by emphasizing business attraction, talent attraction and talent development. The Partnership represents 11 member counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. For more information, visit


Kate Virag
Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Communications
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

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