Consul General Maciej Golubiewski and Sabina Klimek, the head of the Trade and Investment Section of the Consulate, visited Ohio local governments and discussed investment opportunities with President Trump's Agricultural and Rural Advisory Committee member and Ohio economic development organizations. During their five-day visit, started on March 12th, Consul Golubiewski and Consul Klimek met with government officials, business entities, scholars and local Polish-American communities in Toledo, Akron and Cleveland.
The visit began in the city of Toledo, where Consul Golubiewski and Consul Klimek met with the Mayor of Toledo, Paula Hicks-Hudson, members of the Toledo City Council and representatives of regional economic development bodies. They discussed business and cultural cooperation between Poland and Northwest Ohio. They visited the Andersons, Inc. Headquarters, a firm that specializes in agribusiness, and the manufacturing Whirlpool plant in Marion. In this meeting participated also Mr. Fred Yoder from the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association who sits on US President's Trump Agricultural and Rural Advisory Committee.
In Akron, Consul Golubiewski and Consul Klimek met the Mayor of Akron, Mr. Daniel Horrigan and the local business community. The Akron Global Business Accelerator, one of the country’s top performing technology business incubators, was the next stop of the visit. It was a great opportunity to discuss about investment environment in Poland and possibilities for involving Polish companies in the Accelerator's "Soft Landing" program. Following the business presentation, the delegation met with the deputy mayor responsible for economic development, chairman of the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, other local officials and representatives of the Polish community. The delegation also had a chance to visit the Nordson and FlavorSeal manufacturing plants in neighboring towns of Amherst and Avon. Consul Golubiewski and Consul Klimek also visited the Timken Engineered Surface Laboratory and the Gas and Turbine Research and Testing Laboratory at the University of Akron.
Consul Golubiewski and Consul Klimek concluded their visit to Ohio in Cleveland. After meeting with Polish organizations and local officials, their visited the Polish American Cultural Center and Museum where he, on behalf of the President of Poland, awarded Mr. Eugeniusz Bąk, Ms. Alina Czernec and Ms. Anna Nowak with the Siberian Exiles Cross. The next day, Consul Golubiewski met with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and City Council President Kevin Kelley. During that time they visited places significant to the Polish-American community such as the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland Cultural Gardens and the Kosciuszko Monument. Following the sightseeing tour, their met with Dr. Edward Horowitz and Dr. Greg Sadlek of Polish Studies at Cleveland State University to speak about the future of Polish-American education and Polish programs at U.S. universities.