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Idaho Officials Leave Saturday For "European Diplomatic Mission"


Idaho Governor Brad Little and some of his cabinet members leave tomorrow [Saturday] for what is billed a “European diplomatic mission.”

The group will make stops in Spain, The Netherlands and Ireland.

Commerce Director Tom Kealey is one of the state officials who will be making the trip.

“Generally, you’re looking to thank folks that have been invested in our state. Hopefully they’ll continue to invest more and keep being competitive in their business. And then we’re trying to start new relationships or continue relationships," Kealey said.

The group will meet with officials in the Basque Country of Spain. Idaho, Boise especially, has had a long relationship with people in that area. In Holland, they’ll meet with leaders of NewCold, a cold storage company that built a $100 million facility in Burley in southern Idaho. In Ireland, they’ll visit leaders of Glanbia, which operates Idaho’s largest dairy processing plant.

The Idaho group will be overseas for about a week.