DES MOINES, Iowa -- A four-day international trade conference is being held in downtown Des Moines.
The gathering is the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association annual meeting. The event gives Midwestern business and government representatives a chance to develop better relationships with Japanese leaders.
The Iowa group is trying to stand out from its Midwestern neighbors.
The state's top economic development official, Debi Durham, confirmed to us the IEDA is holding four private meetings with potential Japanese partners.
“Any time we host a company we make the value proposition of why it makes sense for them to expand and really play upon those things. I mean the natural resources that we have here, the workforce we have here and so each presentation that we're going to be doing one on one with those companies today will be very strategic as far as what we're going to be touting as far why there's a value proposition to Iowa,” says Durham.
Durham didn't describe any potential deal as imminent and didn't identify any of the companies involved.