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INDIANAPOLIS (April 11, 2014) – Gov. Mike Pence will leave Saturday for an economic development trip to Germany.

The governor, First Lady Karen Pence and other state officials hope to spur investment and job creation. Germany is the third largest foreign source of Indiana jobs, employing about 12,500 Hoosiers.

Private donations made to the Indiana Economic Development Foundation are paying for the trip. The delegation will return on April 18.

Among other activities, the trip will include a visit to Ramstein Air Base on Monday, when the governor will meet with Indiana servicemen and women and visit wounded soldiers at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. He’ll also hold a series of meetings with German companies, tour production facilities and learn about Germany’s dual education system.

Mrs. Pence will travel to Cologne, which is Indianapolis’ sister city. She’ll present a replica of the iconic “LOVE” sculpture from the Indianapolis Museum of Art to Museum Ludwig officials. She will also be given a sculpture to bring back to the IMA. The first lady will travel to Löhne, the sister city of Columbus, to meet with the mayor and present a banner created by Columbus elementary students.

The delegation:

Gov. Mike Pence
First Lady Karen Pence
Victor Smith, Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC)
Steve Akard, IEDC
Kent Anderson, IEDC
Marilyn Fernandez, Office of the First Lady
Katelyn Hancock, IEDC
Two members of the governor’s security detail