FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear plans to leave Saturday for a five-day economic development trip to Germany and Sweden.
He has been invited to speak at the international CAR-Symposium in Bochum, Germany, to discuss Kentucky's role in the global auto industry. More than a thousand automotive executives from around the world attend the yearly conference to discuss opportunities for growth, according to Beshear's office.
"I'm both honored and looking forward to sharing Kentucky's automotive success story at the CAR-Symposium in Germany," Beshear said in a news release. "It is my goal to continue to aggressively market the commonwealth's many business advantages to the international business community and to build upon the momentum that we have cultivated."
The executive staff of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development will accompany Beshear on the trip.
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"We are seeing more and more European companies making the decision to locate or expand their current operations in Kentucky," said Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes.
Kentucky operates an international office in Hamburg, German.
Since taking office in 2007, Beshear has made six economic development trips to Europe. He plans to return to Kentucky Feb. 5.