"You can't even spell Indiana without starting with India." - Governor Eric Holcomb
Indiana's Governor Holcomb signs sister-state agreement with Karnataka, India
Indiana Governor, Eric J. Holcomb, visited Karnataka, India, to establish a sister-state relationship between the two states with an aim to develop an even stronger economic, educational and cultural ties. He was welcomed by Consul General Robert Burgess of US Consulate Chennai. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Governor Holcomb and Priyank Kharge, Minister of State for Tourism, Information Technology and Bio-Technology, on October 30th, in a meeting hosted by Priyank Kharge. Raju Chinthala, Founder & President of Indiana India Business Council played a key role in making it happen.
“As the first Indiana governor to travel to India, I was thrilled to work with the Karnataka government to establish a sister-state relationship with one of the most dynamic and technologically advanced states in India,” Governor Holcomb said. “Today, we laid the groundwork for closer cooperation, and I look forward to our future collaboration as we work to advance business and educational opportunities to serve Hoosiers and the people of Karnataka.” Soon after the meeting, Holcomb later expressed that the hospitality they have received from the first step onto Indian soil reminds me so much of Hoosier Hospitality. Speaking after signing the agreement, Kharge said, “As the IT capital and innovation hub of India, Karnataka has always believed in the spirit of partnership. Today, we live in a global village and it’s only through regular exchange of ideas and visions that we can truly evolve.”
In 2017, Infosys, which is headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka, announced plans to establish a tech and innovation hub in central Indiana, investing $8.7 million and creating up to 2,000 new, high-skilled jobs. Indianapolis, considered the silicon valley of the midwest, and Bangalore being the IT hub, made it a strong reason to establish sister-state relationship between the two states. AxisCades also another company headquartered in Bengaluru announced to start their North America headquarter to Columbus, Indiana with plans to hire 500 engineers.
As the New York Times reported on May 2, 2017: “In February, Indiana state officials were approached about a potential investment by Infosys via the Indiana India Business Council, a local business group.”