CHICAGO - Governor Bruce Rauner leaves today on a jobs mission to Europe that will take him to major cities in Germany and Poland to meet with leaders in business, government, higher education, and skilled worker training.
While on the trip, the Governor expects to receive updates on pending expansions and announce new projects that will add significant investment and jobs to the Illinois economy. There are 212 German companies operating in Illinois, employing more than 36,700 Illinoisans. In 2017, German entities purchased more than $3.37 billion of Illinois goods and services, a 67.7% increase since 2009.
“Germany is an extremely important investor in Illinois,” Rauner said as he embarked on the trip. “It is Illinois’ third largest foreign direct investor by employment. Machinery and equipment, computer and electronic products, chemicals and fabricated metals represent billions of dollars in business and thousands of jobs for Illinoisans. The goal of the mission is to build on our relationships so we can attract more jobs and foreign direct investment to our state.”
The Governor is traveling with a delegation of Illinois business and community leaders as well as economic and university development executives. The trip is being organized and largely financed by Intersect Illinois, the private economic development organization formed in 2015 at the urging of Rauner to more effectively market Illinois to companies here and abroad. Rauner is paying his own way.