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Trips for Jobs: Why the Governor's Excursions Are Paying Off

Business expert says it's about building relationships-and it works.

STATE HOUSE--Your governor has traveled to places like Indiana and Japan, and the trips have been about bringing big, out-of-country companies to Indiana, and increasing your chances to find a job. Gerry Dick, with Inside Indiana Business, said he believes the trips are serving their purpose.

"It's about relationship building. Certainly that was the case with this trip to India-about the state building and enhancing relationships," said Dick. "The company that was announced last week, AXISCADES, is an engineering firm and they're committing to put their North American headquarters in Indiana."

Dick said the announcement about exactly what city will end up serving as the headquarters could come in the next few weeks.

"I think some of the cities that are being looked at include Indianapolis, West Lafayette. Columbus could be in the mix."

He said trade trips have not always been looked at favorably.

"The mantra was, we've got to grow our own companies. I think that's still the case. But it is a global economy and in terms of looking for and getting jobs, you're going to have to go around the globe," said Dick.

Dick also said Infosys, another company based in Indiana, which has already announced plans for 2,000 jobs in Indiana, may be making another announcement about jobs in Indiana.

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