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Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Economic Development Trip to Europe
Press Release Date:  September 24, 2004
Contact:  Doug Hogan
Jeannie Lausche
Jason Keller

Governor will seek to move Kentucky’s economy forward abroad

Frankfort, Ky.  - Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today he will embark on an economic development trip to Europe, along with Secretary of Economic Development Gene Strong and Commissioner for New Business Development John McCarty. The governor and his delegation will depart on September 25. 

“Kentucky has long had a European presence, established in 1978 to help identify business opportunities within Europe,” said Governor Fletcher.   “During my first visit to Spain, Italy and Germany as Governor, my priority is to determine the best way to move Kentucky forward abroad and to establish and reinforce relationships that will benefit the entire Commonwealth in the years ahead.  Our goal is twofold:  we want to encourage new businesses to invest in Kentucky, and we also want to seek more export opportunities to the European market.”

During the trip the governor is scheduled to meet with H.R.H, Felipe de Borbon, Prince of Asturias, in Madrid, leading Spanish business and organization representatives from the automotive parts, mining, mineral, textiles and chemical sectors; Italian business representatives, and German companies and prospects, as well as the Bavarian Minister for the Economy. 

In July 2004, Paul Pilkauskas was appointed as the new Executive Director of the European Representative Office in Brussels, Belgium.   The European Representative Office is responsible for contacting companies to determine their interest in locating operations in Kentucky, seeking export opportunities for Kentucky companies, and supporting existing industry.

Currently, Kentucky is host to 158 European companies (representing 15 European countries) with over 27,000 employees.  For more information on the European Representative Office please visit their website at

The governor and his delegation will return to Kentucky on October 3rd.



Last updated: Thursday, June 02, 2005