State News

N.C. trade mission recruits in Germany, Sweden

Posted April 25, 2010 8:31 a.m. EDT
Updated April 25, 2010 11:01 a.m. EDT

— Gov. Beverly Perdue, business recruiters and education and tourism leaders are heading to Germany to urge companies there to visit and invest in North Carolina.

Perdue's office said she, Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, Community College System President Scott Ralls and other state officials were leaving Sunday and will stay in Munich until Wednesday.

The team will meet with executives of companies that already have a presence in North Carolina or are considering setting up shop in the state.

More than 150 German companies have operations in North Carolina, and Bayer CropScience, Deutsche Bank, Siemens Energy and Siemens Medical have announced major expansions in the past 16 months, according to the Governor's Office.

Perdue will take a brief vacation in Europe after leaving Munich with husband, Bob Eaves, before coming home. Other delegation members will visit other German cities the rest of the week.

State Department of Commerce staff will also meet with current and prospective clients in Sweden. Swedish companies ABB, IKEA, Sony Ericsson and Electrolux have a presence in North Carolina.

Perdue's office said the governor and her husband are paying for their entire trip. The rest of the trade mission will cost the state $44,000.