Gov. Pete Ricketts calls the European trade mission a success.
Ricketts wrapped up the trade mission on Monday with a visit to Copenhagen,
Denmark where he talked about biosciences with European industry leaders. He also met with Novozymes executives, speaking about possible expansion in Nebraska. Novozymes has a plant in Blair which produces enzymes for the production of ethanol.
Ricketts says the delegation built relationships which should pay off in the future.
For now, there will be a de-brief.
“Sending out surveys to the people who were on the mission to find out what they thought worked, what we can do better on and just doing our own internal assessment,” Ricketts tells reporters during a conference call from Copenhagen. “So, we’ll take some lessons away from that.”
The trade mission began a little more than a week ago in Italy, where the Nebraska delegation visited Bologna, Italy, taking a tour of the Inalca facility.
The delegation remained in Italy to attend Expo Milano.
Gov. Ricketts met privately with CNH Industrial executives. The governor also met with FederUnacoma and Enel representatives.
The group returned to Bologna to meet with Italian business and government officials, talking up Nebraska goods and services. The group met with CopaCogeca, farm cooperatives and farmers’ association.
The group moved on to Brussels, Belgium to meet directly with officials of the European Union, headquartered in Brussels; then, on to Denmark.
The mission touted Nebraska products and invited European businesses to invest here.
“So, I think we had some learning here about how we can continue to build upon what we’ve done on this trade mission for future trade missions. So, I’m excited to see what the team can do,” Ricketts says. “But, I’m very pleased with the way this mission went.