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On Monday, December 10, the Ambassador of Italy to the United States, Armando Varricchio, visited Columbus, Ohio.

The Ambassador met Governor John Kasich, with whom he discussed relations between Ohio and Italy. There are over 40 Italian companies based in Ohio and more than 120 production plants. Given its favorable investment climate and excellent infrastructure, Ohio is the ideal gateway to the US market. During the meeting, Ambassador Varricchio also talked about investment opportunities offered by the Italian market.

The Governor and the Ambassador also noted the important role that the Italian-American community in Ohio plays in this regard: together with the young Italian professionals who have recently moved to the State, they represent a natural bridge between the two sides of the Atlantic.

During his stay in the State’s capital, the Ambassador had a conversation with Tim Sword – President of Greater Columbus Sister Cities International, which boasts a long-standing Sister City agreement with Genoa dating back to 1955 – at Ottberbein University, where he discussed Italy’s economic and foreign policy priorities, in particular with regards to relations with the US. The Ambassador also took part in the Board meeting of JobsOhio, an association focused on attracting foreign investments and promoting openness towards international markets.

Finally, Ambassador Varricchio met with Ohio University Provost Bruce A. McPheron, the Dean for Arts and Humanities, Peter Hahn and a group of Italian professors and researchers from the University.