Nebraska is hosting 117 business representatives from 15 countries for its second Reverse Trade Mission.
State Economic Development Director Richard Baier says his office has several tours of the state planned for the representatives. Baier says the Reverse Trade Mission showcases what the state can offer, both to companies that want to trade with Nebraska and those which might want to locate in Nebraska.
“We have a lot of folks that are coming in that do import and export of products, some food products, value-added ag commodities, those kinds of things,” Baier says. “We also talk to significant number of companies who are looking at setting up production or office facilities in the U-S and so this is our chance to really let them learn about what the opportunities are in Nebraska.”
Baier says the companies represent a number of industries, with the primary industries being transportation, agri-business and technology.
Nebraska held its first Reverse Trade Mission in 2008. Gov. Heineman says he first heard of the concept four years ago, but was told not to expect more than 25 representatives to ever attend the event.
“We’ve exceeded one hundred both times now,” Heineman says. “And, again, when we get the opportunity over four days to develop relationships, to show them what we have to offer here in Nebraska, it results in companies deciding they want to locate here, they want to expand here. So, it all comes into play.”