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Metro East Hosts Trade Commissioners from 13 Countries

May 15, 2018 - 8:25 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Trade commissioners from 13 countries including Argentina, Bulgaria, China and Italy will be arriving in the metro east today for an extensive tour of the business opportunities in the region.

They'll spend two days checking out sites from Edwardsville to Prairie Du Rocher from Mascoutah to Sauget.  Southwest Illinois Trade and Investment Council President David Kniepkamp tells KMOX it's a chance for them to see what the area has to offer.

 "Transportation, infrastructure, all those new things to see how we can utilize not only our manufacturing and abilities here but also allow them to do investment and bring businesses from their countries into our area," he says.

Kniepkamp says it's the likely the largest trade event of this type ever, in southwestern Illinois.

“The number of trade commissioners attending is pretty high. Normally if you can get maybe five to ten attending, that’s pretty good. We’re going to be hosting 13 trade commissioners,” he says.