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Michigan's governor flies to Europe in hopes of boosting trade

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

Governor Snyder’s focus will be on automotive and alternative energy companies on his first official business trip to Europe.

Transportation equipment and chemicals account for more than half of Michigan’s $6 billion in annual exports to Europe.

The governor will start out in Turin, Italy, meeting with executives at Fiat and other companies. Fiat is the parent company of Chrysler.

From there, the governor heads to Stuttgart, Germany, where his itinerary includes a presentation on Michigan’s chemical industry and advanced power storage systems – as well as meetings with executives at BASF, Bosch, and Daimler.

The governor made a trade swing through Asia in September.  

Gov. Snyder returns to Michigan on March 24th.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.