Governor Holcomb’s latest European trade mission will try to leverage Indy’s motorsports heritage into high-tech investment.
Holcomb leaves Sunday for his second European trip in four weeks. On the last full day of the weeklong trip, he’ll travel to Monte Carlo for the Monaco ePrix, the sixth race of the season in Formula E. The series began eight years ago as a showcase for electric cars. Holcomb says it’s an opportunity for Indiana to pursue a long-sought toehold in the electric-vehicle market, and in related industries like advanced batteries.
Holcomb will meet with Monaco’s Prince Albert II during the visit. He’ll also make stops in Britain and Sweden, for what he describes as a “thank you” visit. He’ll meet with executives of Rolls-Royce and Saab, both of which recently completed multi-million-dollar Indiana expansions, in Indianapolis and Lafayette.
The trip comes three weeks after Holcomb returned from a trade mission to Slovakia and Israel. Holcomb says with overseas business travel slowed during the pandemic, it’s important for Indiana to get out ahead of the pack to make and strengthen connections with potential overseas investors.