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Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs will visit Chicago and Des Moines next week



This news story was published on October 10, 2014.
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WASHINGTON – Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles H. Rivkin will travel to Chicago, Illinois, and Des Moines, Iowa, October 13 – October 17.

In Chicago, Assistant Secretary Rivkin will meet with city officials and senior business leaders to discuss how the State Department works with U.S. businesses to bring more jobs and better economies to places like Illinois. He will speak on trade and investment issues to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The Assistant Secretary will meet with students at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics for a discourse on the vital connection between economic and foreign policy. He will also visit a technology incubator, highlighting the contributions of entrepreneurs to innovation and economic growth.

In Des Moines, Assistant Secretary Rivkin will attend the Laureate Award Ceremony for the World Food Prize and participate in the Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium, where he will focus on the topics of global investment, support for the U.S. economy, and biotechnology as a tool for both hunger alleviation in the developing world and job creation at home. He will meet with executives and leaders from a broad spectrum of U.S. agribusiness to discuss how trade and agricultural production can address food security and global stability. The Assistant Secretary will also visit a soybean farm, one of the nation’s largest agricultural exports.

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