SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) – The top trade official in Illinois says the state stands to benefit from last week’s trip to Brazil.
“We are really competing on a global stage, and the governor has an incredible vision about what that means,” says Adam Pollet, deputy director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
“Already we export $2.5 billion worth of goods to Brazil,” says Pollet, “but where are the opportunities that are going to develop in the next five to ten years?”
Pollet says the answer is highway and rail infrastructure, a good fit for engineering firms represented on the trip.
Brazil is investing heavily in transportation, which bodes well, Pollet says, for engineering firms as well as heavy equipment manufacturers John Deere and Caterpillar.
Pollet says Quinn’s trip to Japan last year paid off in that the rail car maker Nippon Sharyo now is manufacturing in Rochelle.
Education and tourism get attention as well, Pollet says, as Brazilians make up a big market of people considering the U. S. for college or vacation.
Pollet says last week’s trip also served to promote an international bio-conference next year in Chicago.