Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, said they will travel to Israel, France and Germany from June 17-24 on an economic mission.
The two made the announcement in a press conference at the state capitol Wednesday.
They and staff members plan to meet with officials and at least 20 companies with the goal of attracting jobs to the state and retaining them.
This is their sixth international economic mission, which will also include Hutchinson’s first visit to Israel.
Hutchinson and Preston emphasized at the conference that Israel, like Arkansas, has a growing technology sector and the need to market the state to businesses there. They are also interested in Israel’s defense sector.
The governor said the consul general, on a previous trip to Little Rock, invited him to Israel. He told reporters it made sense to take advantage of that invitation now, while he and Preston will be in Europe.