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Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds leads trade mission

Iowa exported $15.1 billion in 2014

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Gazette Des Moines Bureau

DES MOINES — Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds is slated to depart this weekend on a trade mission to Argentina and Uruguay that was aimed at expanding trade opportunities for Iowa businesses in South America in hopes of spurring job growth through export activities, officials said Friday.

“Iowa has a great reputation globally for quality people, products and services,” said Reynolds, who will lead a two-country visit through Oct. 8 that is being coordinated by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Administration officials said taxpayer dollars would not be spent on the mission, which was being funded by private donations to the Iowa Economic Development Authority Foundation.

During the trip, Reynolds will be meeting with U.S. embassies, ministries, chambers, universities, associations and Iowa company operations in Buenos Aires and Rosario, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay, according to the governor’s office, which put out a list of six companies and organizations participating in the mission.

The state economic development authority’s International Trade Office markets Iowa products and services, educates Iowa businesses on exporting and assists global companies wishing to establish or expand operations in Iowa as well as exploring opportunities internationally for investment within the state. In 2014, Iowa hit a record for exports at $15.1 billion, officials said.

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