REDI, Idaho representatives visiting Japan on first foreign direct investment trip

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By REDI

IDAHO FALLS — Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI) and participants from Idaho Departments of Commerce and Agriculture, University of Idaho and Idaho Sen. Kelly Anthon are in Japan until April 18.

The trip is to build on Idaho Falls’ relationship with Sakae Casting/Ohzen’s local operation, discuss additional research and development opportunities as a result of a recent Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) Grant, and meet with other Japanese companies interested in investing in Idaho.

Team members include: Jan Rogers, CEO of REDI; Dr. Marc Skinner, executive officer of the University of Idaho’s Eastern region; Bobbi-Jo Meuleman, director of Idaho Department of Commerce; Celia Gould, director of Idaho Department of Agriculture; and Kelly Anthon, Idaho Senator and City of Rupert administrator.

Sakae Casting/Ohzen in Tokyo will host the Idaho team for three days to discuss next steps in the Idaho Department of Commerce’s award of nearly $238,000 IGEM grant and connect Idaho team members with other local businesses interested in investing in Idaho.

The grant was awarded to the University of Idaho, Boise State University, and the Center for Advanced Energy Studies to partner with Sakae Casting’s Idaho Falls research and development activities.

Rogers, Anthon and Skinner will travel separately for two days to Idaho Falls Sister City, Tokai-mura and meet with local university and agriculture leaders to promote Idaho’s extensive research, development and agriculture capabilities.