Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher, Secretary Strong to Host Investment Seminar in Japan

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 10, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Seminar part of a week-long economic development trip to Japan

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and Economic Development Secretary Gene Strong will travel to Japan this weekend for a week-long economic development trip. During the trip, the Governor and Secretary Strong will host an investment seminar for Japanese business executives detailing how to establish a business in the United States and more specifically, in Kentucky.

“Japan has been a great business partner to us, and we want to continue to build that relationship for years to come,” said Governor Fletcher. “This seminar and trip will help strengthen our relationship with Japanese businesses and demonstrate to other companies looking for a home that Kentucky is a great place to do business.”

The seminar, entitled “From Site Selection to Grand Opening” will include topics such as available industrial sites and buildings, workforce, wages and benefits, taxes, incentives, utilities, environmental regulations, supplier identification and quality of life. More than 50 Japanese companies are expected to attend.

The trip will also include 15 private business meetings and two media interviews to promote Kentucky.

Kentucky has operated a representative office in Japan since 1983. The office is directed by Jiro Hashimoto, and has had tremendous success in its mission to attract Japanese investment to the commonwealth.

Kentucky is currently home to 144 Japanese-owned manufacturing facilities which employ more than 37,000 people throughout Kentucky.