Gage County Development Official Participated in Japan Trade Mission

Gage County Development Official Participated in Japan Trade Mission
Gage Area Growth Enterprise (NGage) Executive Director, Walker Zulkoski

BEATRICE –  An economic developer who works to help develop Beatrice and Gage County, was recently part of a Nebraska delegation that completed a trade mission to Japan.

NGage Executive Director Walker Zulkoski says such trips are all about maintaining long-term relationships with foreign nations, which can lead to more trade and business development in the United States.

:39                  “locate somewhere”

The trade mission was led by Governor Pete Ricketts, primarily focusing on agriculture trade with beef and pork sales.  The mission came at a time of high tension in east Asia, with North Korea rattling the international community with its testing of long-range missiles.

:12                  “really hit home”

During the trade mission, Zulkoski says he had an opportunity to meet with Japanese investment officials who had a significant hand in the financing of the Duonix Biodiesel Plant, near Beatrice.

:35                  “something else, here”

As for future trade trips, Zulkoski says Canada holds promise for increased business with the U.S.  He also says among Beatrice area industries, there is a European influence.

:18                  “and say thanks, to”

The trade mission was Governor Ricketts’ second one to Japan, during his term.  It was preceded by a trade mission to China.  Zulkoski was also a member of the China trip delegation.

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