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4th Annual Japan - Northeast Indiana Summit

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Name: 4th Annual Japan - Northeast Indiana Summit
Date: July 19, 2022
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:
The 4th Annual Japan-Northeast Indiana Summit will take place on Tuesday, July 19, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the historic Eagles Theatre in downtown Wabash.

The summit will focus on topics related to the expansion of electrification within the automotive industry as well as other topics regarding business relationships between Japan and Northeast Indiana.

Summit Agenda
Emcee: Chad Ruston, NE Indiana Regional Partnership

8:30 a.m. - Registration Open; Continental Breakfast Served
9:00 a.m. - Program Begins
  • Welcome - Mayor Scott Long, City of Wabash
  • Opening Remarks - Theresa Kulczak, JASI
  • Remarks from the Consul-General Tajima Hiroshi
  • Japan External Trade Organization Presentation - Tomofumi Nishizawa, JETRO Chicago
  • Industry Focus Presentation - Bernard Swiecki, Center for Automotive Research
  • Industry Focus Presentation - Ben Wrightsman, Battery Innovation Center
  • Industry Focus Presentation - Rick Doering, Teijin Automotive Technologies
  • Industry Focus Presentation - Ryan Twiss, NE Indiana Regional Partnership

12:30 p.m. - Workforce Panel Discussion and Q&A
  • Moderator: Keith Gillenwater, Grow Wabash County
  • Panelists:
    • Edmond O'Neal, NE Indiana Works
    • Gary Gatman, Noble County EDC
    • Rick Doering, Teijin Automotive Technologies
1:15 p.m. - Closing Remarks 
  • Keith Gillenwater, Grow Wabash County

At the conclusion of the Summit, attendees are encouraged to stay and enjoy a networking mixer in the Parkview Ballroom until 3 p.m.
Reception Music performed by Dr. Daniel Quinn and Elaina Robbins

Admission to this event is FREE, but registration is REQUIRED to attend as space is limited.

Companies interested in sponsoring this event are encouraged to contact Grow Wabash County at or by calling 260-563-5258.

More detailed agenda to follow.

Event Sponsors:

Title Sponsor

  • Indiana Michigan Power

Meal Sponsor

  • Huntington County EDC

Networking Sponsor

  • Wabash Valley Power Alliance

Table Sponsor

  • Andy Zay
  • Midwest Language Services, LLC

Keynote Sponsor


Meal Sponsor

  • Duke Energy

Table Sponsor

Entertainment Sponsor

Eagles Theatre
106 W. Market Street
Wabash, IN
Date/Time Information:
Tuesday, July 19
9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Detailed agenda to follow.
Contact Information:
Sarah Delgadillo
Admission to this event is FREE, but registration is REQUIRED. 
Sponsorship opportunities available by emailing or by calling 260-563-5258.
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