Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will lead a local delegation on a trade mission in India meant to promote the city and explore economic opportunities.
The trip was originally slated for February before officials postponed it. The trade mission will focus on information technology, life sciences and research organizations while working to strengthen cultural relationships. The Indy Chamber is funding the trip.
“As the world’s second fastest growing economy, India presents significant opportunities for our city,” Ballard said. “Every aspect of this trip has been planned to help us leverage our relationships with top business leaders and government officials in a continued effort to strengthen our ties with India and broaden business opportunities for Indianapolis-based companies.”
The delegation will arrive in Hyderabad, India, on Sunday, April 14. They’ll tour the city and meet with local leaders. On Tuesday, April 16, they’ll meet with companies in the information technology and pharmaceutical industries before leaving for New Delhi.
On Wednesday, April 17, the mayor will attend the Clean Energy Ministerial, a summit that will bring together more than 20 of the world’s leading economies. Ballard was formally invited to speak at a roundtable on adopting clean vehicles.
Members of the delegation include:
Mayor Gregory A. Ballard, City of Indianapolis
First Lady Winnie Ballard, City of Indianapolis
Ms. Amber Ross, Senior Project Director, Indy Chamber
Ms. Jane Gehlhausen, Director of International & Cultural Affairs, City of Indianapolis
Mr. Raju Chinthala, President, Indianapolis Hyderabad Sister City Committee
Mr. Vinod Sadhu, CIO/Enterprise Architect, ISTA Inc.
Mr. Chowdry Pinnamaneni, Physician, St. Vincent Hospital
Mr. Gregory Hancock, Director, Gregory Hancock Dance Theater