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Huntington U boss off to Israel

May 3, 2018

The Huntington University president is thrilled with her weekend plans.

Along with 14 others, Sherilyn Emberton will travel to Israel on Sunday with Gov. Eric Holcomb and first lady Janet Holcomb as part of an economic development trip.

“I was very honored to be asked to participate in the delegation,” Emberton said recently by phone.

The group, which has an agbiosciences focus, includes representation from Purdue University, Indiana Soybean Alliance & Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Indiana State Department of Agriculture and Indiana Economic Development Corp., according to a news release.

Agbiosciences describes the intersection of agriculture, life sciences, science and technology.

Although Huntington launched an agriculture program in 2015, Emberton credited the invitation to her role on the AgriNovus Indiana board. AgriNovus works to advance the agbiosciences sector as a nationally recognized leader.

It’s exciting to participate in the larger conversation about agbioscience, Emberton said.

“It’s a win-win for us,” she said.

The governor, who will also lead a delegation to Europe this month, said international trips are important to the state’s economy.

“To take our business climate to the next level, we must continue building international relationships and nurturing opportunities that attract more great jobs to our state and bring more Hoosier-made goods and services to the world,” he said in a statement.

“As we continue to share the Indiana story with nations around the globe, we’ll develop even more of these strategic partnerships that spur innovation, diversify our economy and build our workforce.”

In Israel, the delegation will attend the Agritech Israel Conference in Tel Aviv, where members will get the chance to meet business and research partners, industry stakeholders with ties to Indiana and Israel’s minister of agriculture and rural development, according to the news release.

Holcomb is expected to provide the opening remarks, according to the release. The event’s website indicates he is the only governor scheduled to speak.

The group, which is expected to return May 11, will also host a business roundtable and a Friends of Indiana Reception with the U.S. ambassador to Israel, according to the release.

Private donations to the Indiana Economic Development Foundation are funding the delegations.

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