Past Events


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The second Annual Luncheon, 2016, featuring the guest speaker of Victor Smith went extremely well. It turned out to be a beautiful day filled with lots of information. Victor Smith spoke about the large growth in Indiana’s exports, and how it is still growing. As a whole, the state must come together to entice foreign investors to come to our state!

A Special Thanks to…

Victor Smith, Secretary of Commerce

Jim Stanton, Business Recruitment Director IEDC

Mark Heckler, Valparaiso University

Dan Saros, Valparaiso University

Jaishankar Raman, Valparaiso University, WTA Board Member

Marlon Mitchell, Ivy Tech Gary, WTA Board Member, V.P. of WTA Programs


Business briefings focusing on the value of using Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ) and inland US ports Organized by the Central Asian Productivity Research Center, the presentations will end with a bus tour of the port and an indoor picnic lunch.

Gary Camarano, a prominent economic development consultant, will discuss the value of the U.S. inland waterway system and how it serves the Midwest business community.

Professor Harry Lepinske, retired director of International Business Development Programs for the former Purdue University Calumet, and chairman of the sponsoring organization, the Central Asian Productivity Research Center, will discuss the value of using Foreign Trade Zones.

Highlight of the event will be Rick Heimann, port director, who will focus on the tremendous economic value the port offers to Northwest Indiana and bordering Illinois region.

The presentation will end with bus tours of the port and an indoor picnic lunch, according to Yuri Hoffman, of Miller Beach, study chairman.

The World Trade Alliance is offering this to our members and interested partiesin cooperation with the Central Asia Productivity Research Center (CAPRC)

The event was very successful!