INDIANAPOLIS – February 2, 2018 – The Board of Directors of The International Center have selected Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb as the recipient of the 2018 International Citizen of the Year Award, which honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the globalization of Indiana.
“We applaud the work Governor Holcomb is doing to ensure Indiana remains competitive in the global market. The Governor continues to be fervent in his initiatives toward the ongoing globalization of Indiana and for that we are thankful and pleased to honor him as this year’s International Citizen of the Year,” said Martin Baier, President and CEO of The International Center and honorary French consul.
Holcomb is the 32nd recipient of the award, which began in 1985 and recognizes Hoosiers who have fostered a world view in Indiana through business, culture, education, government, medicine, research, media, sports and community service.
Governor Holcomb is a veteran of the United States Navy, served as the state’s 51st Lt. Governor and was a trusted advisor to both Governor Mitch Daniels and Senator Dan Coats. He is the 51st Governor of Indiana.
“As governor, I want to take Indiana to the world, and bring the world to Indiana. We’re a global economy with over 800 foreign companies currently doing business in Indiana," said Governor Holcomb.
Marsha Stone, Board Chair for The International Center, said, “The Governor understands the work and dedication it takes to attract foreign direct investment to Indiana. Not only are we witnessing the growth in global investments, we are attracting talent from all over the world. This enriches all of our communities through the infusion of culture and diversity.”
“The International Center serves Indiana as a catalyst for international growth and as a guide to the world’s cultural landscape. Our Governor continues to work on behalf of Indiana locally, nationally and globally. He is a true champion for our global future,” concluded Stone.
The award will be presented to Governor Holcomb at the Annual International Citizen of the Year Award Dinner, Thursday, August 23, 2018 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. Melissa Proffitt, an International Center Board Member and Partner at Ice Miller, LLP will serve as the event chair.
Sponsorship opportunities will soon be available, as well as the opportunity to purchase a table. To learn more about the International Citizen of the Year Award or ways be become involved, visit our website (www.internationalcenter.org/ICY) or contact Laura Limp at LLIMP@internationalcenter.org.
About The International Center
For more than 40 years, The International Center has served as a guide to the world’s cultural landscape, and a catalyst for the state’s international growth. Working in collaboration with businesses, organizations, government agencies, educational institutions and individual citizens, The Center expands Indiana’s global interest through a variety of programs and services and through convening diverse interests who share common international goals. The International Center is a member of Global Ties U.S.