Lt. Governor Becky Skillman was joined by Vice Governor Gong Zheng of the Zhejiang province to recognize the 25th anniversary of Indiana and Zhejiang’s sister state relationship established in 1987 by Indiana’s then Governor Robert Orr. Lt. Governor Skillman said, “Governor Orr had incredible foresight to recognize the potential for growth Indiana stood to gain.” She added that Indiana’s partnership with China is strong and there are opportunities for additional job growth and investment.
The Lt. Governor presented the Vice Governor Shen Zulu with the Governor Robert Orr International Friendship Award. The Vice Governor signed the original agreement in 1987. Governor Mitch Daniels and Lt. Governor Skillman created the award, and the Vice Governor was the first person to receive it.
In addition – Lt. Governor Skillman presented an Indiana limestone carving recognizing the 25 year anniversary. She accepted a wood carving on behalf of the state from Zhejiang officials.