Prima Civitas boosts Michigan industry with Turkish connections

East Lansing-based Prima Civitas Foundation’s mission to bolster Michigan business doesn’t stop at U.S. borders. Even as the group assists in the development of a $5.5 billion deal between Michigan businesses and the National Investment Commission of Iraq, PCF recently returned from a trade mission to the Republic of Turkey with sights set on creating similar Michigan partnerships there.

“It went extraordinarily well,” says Program Manager and Fund Development Coordinator for PCF, Eleanor G. Fuchs. “It was a diverse group of people who attended with us, from those in the fashion industry like designers and brand developers to economic developers, and everyone walked away with something.”

The trip was made possible by PCF, the Honorary Consul General, Nurten Ural, and the Ministry of Economy of Turkey, and was scheduled in concert with Istanbul’s Fashion Week. The primary purpose of the trip was for the Michigan Garment Industry Council and Turkish garment industry professionals to discuss joint plans for investment and the development of an internationally connected garment industry.

While MGIC members did exactly that, such as Motor City Sewing and Design connecting with manufacturers that will help build their portfolio, PCF was able to also make inroads with Turkish officials across other industries.

“Tremendous opportunities came our way for other industries,” says Fuchs. “Turkey is one of the fastest growing economies. To be closely partnered with them is something that can enhance both of our economies.”

PCF is currently working to organize an educational event in Istanbul during which Michigan universities can connect with Turkish opportunities.
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