Area businesses discuss international trade and Indiana's economy

Farmers for Free Trade, Trade for America and Greater Lafayette Commerce sponsored the event that included several local businesses.

Posted: May. 14, 2018 6:08 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Local leaders gathered to discuss international trade in Lafayette Monday morning.

Farmers for Free Trade, Trade for America and Greater Lafayette Commerce sponsored the event that included several local businesses.

The keynote speaker was US Senator Todd Young.

Executive Director of Trade for America, Bill Lane, said Monday's talk was about showing support for NAFTA.

Although he supports NAFTA, Lane said there are things that need to be changed.

"The goal is to work multi-laterally, not start a trade war on our own and it's sort of the understanding that there is one winner in a trade war, it's the folks that aren't involved," said Lane.

Agriculture and manufacturing were the two main focuses of today's trade talks.

Lane praised Greater Lafayette for its dedication to manufacturing.

"The great thing about Lafayette or the Greater Lafayette area is it's probably the best business climate in the Mid-West, and when you're competitive trade tends to be fair," said Lane.

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