Our Economic Development Team met with investor reps from Norway. We explored interest levels around investment in innovation, education, and exchange centers to facilitate stronger international business. Norway has a very strong culture of innovation and education. They were very open to looking at international partnerships. Aspects of the discuss centered on the challenges they face in commercializing and large scale manufacturing of new innovations due to regional costs and the benefit of international partnerships to achieve those goals. They also talked about investment criteria and key regions in the USA that they are targeting investments. Their portfolio of interest is also a blend of short term and long term investment objectives which also dictate criteria for selection.