MCEDC Attends Japan-America Society of Indiana's Annual Gala

Thursday, June 22nd was an important evening in downtown Indianapolis as the Japan-America Society of Indiana (JASI) hosted 600 people for its annual meeting and dinner gala at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. Martinsville Mayor, Shannon Kohl, and Mooresville Town Council President, Mark Mathis, attended the event along with MCEDC Executive Director, Mike Dellinger. They were hosted by Harold Gutzwiller of event sponsor Hoosier Energy; Gutzwiller also serves as the president of the Mooresville Redevelopment Commission and has considerable relationships with Japanese industry in Indiana. 

In addition, several members of the TOA USA leadership team were present at the gala, and that contingent was led by MCEDC Board member Bob Whyte who serves as Vice President of Operations at the Mooresville facilities. The annual event provides an opportunity for business and government leaders to summarize the strengths and opportunities that have evolved during decades of Japanese investment in Indiana, and to enjoy the cultural exchange that is an important part of this relationship. 

As part of the annual gala, MCEDC was recognized for its commitment of $5,000 to fund the relocation and expansion of JASI's corporate offices in downtown Indianapolis. Nine local economic development organizations have made the commitment and will receive recognition at JASI's new locale, providing an important resource that assists Japanese businesses and families with their interests in Indiana while assisting Indiana companies with opportunities in Japan.