Thursday, July 30, 2009

Indiana Links with Hidalgo

The Indianapolis Star reports, "On July 20, Hidalgo Gov. Miguel A. Osorio Chong and other officials visited Indiana to sign agreements that would boost agricultural trade, establish an educational exchange program and formalize a language and cultural exchange program for public safety officers."

However, The Ethnic Hoosier is unable to confirm those agreements with Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels office. When asked, his press officer, Jane Jankowski, told the Ethnic Hoosier on Wednesday (29 July 2009): "I'm not familiar with what you are asking about."

She did point to Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman's office, which issued this release on 20 July:

"Lt. Governor Becky Skillman welcomed Hidalgo Governor Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong of Mexico and his delegation to Indiana's Statehouse today, and the two signed an Agricultural Memo of Understanding between the states.

"The agricultural agreement is meant to support, promote and propel activities of cooperation in the area of agriculture. The two states agreed to promote technology transfer, promote international trade and pursue the exchange of academic and research information among the states' universities."

Whoever signed the other two agreements, the "educational exchange program" and "language and cultural exchange program for public safety officers" remains unknown.


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