LANSING, MI – The city of Lansing and a regional economic development agency will sign "historic" agreements with Turkish officials, the agency announced today.
"As far as I can tell, this is the first time our region has signed a formal agreement with another country," said Bob Trezise, president & CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, or LEAP. "This is unusual. This is historic."
Officials will sign several Memorandums of Understanding, or MOUs, with the aim of facilitating trade and strategic business alliances between Michigan and Turkey.
LEAP is sending Senior Vice-President of Business Attraction Ray De Winkle to Turkey, alongside Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and representatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and the Prima Civitas Foundation.
The agreements will be between the Turkish Association of Automotive Parts & Components Manufacturers (TAYSAD); Uludag Exporter's Association (OIB); Prima Civitas Foundation; LEAP; Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC); Automation Alley; and the city of Lansing, specifically with MOU's being signed with the Turkish Association of Automotive Parts & Components Manufacturers (TAYSAD) and Uludag Exporter's Association (OIB), according to a media release.
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