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From December 4th – 9th 2011, Governor Deval Patrick led a coalition of the Commonwealth's leading business executives and state economic development officials on an innovation economy development mission to Brazil.  Making stops in Brasilia, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janiero, the delegation visited Brazilian companies, universities and government leaders -- highlighting all that Massachusetts has to offer to Brazil.  The mission solidified the already strong Massachusetts-Brazil connection by exploring new economic development and clean energy partnerships.

Prior to arriving in Brazil, Governor Patrick and a smaller delegation traveled to Santiago, Chile from December 1st – 2nd at the request of President Sebastian Piñera to advance partnership opportunities in the innovation economy.

“We are committed to competing for every job in every corner of the Commonwealth, and the world,” said Governor Patrick. “To continue our recovery, we need to position Massachusetts for success in growing markets like Brazil, to drive job growth and catalyze international investment.”

Read a joint op-ed by Governor Deval Patrick and Governor Geraldo Alkmin about the growing partnership between the states of Massachusetts and Sao Paulo.

São Paulo, Brazil - December 6, 2011- Governor Deval Patrick today joined members of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) to discuss job creation in the science and technology sectors and initiatives to cultivate industry partnerships and research collaborations between Massachusetts and Brazil in the innovation economy. 

Embrapa's president Dr. Pedro Antônio Pereira ArraesBrasilia, Brazil – Monday, December 5, 2011 – As part of Governor Deval Patrick's Massachusetts-Brazil Innovation Economy Mission 2011, the Commonwealth today launched a new era of collaboration in the area of agricultural research and development with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa). The agreement will strengthen UMass’ existing work on Brazilian crops, leading to economic development and job creation opportunities in agribusiness - a sector that boasts over 7,700 farms in Massachusetts for an economic impact of over $3 billion.

Governor Patrick Meets with Ambassador ShannonBrasilia, Brazil -- Monday, December 5, 2011 -- Governor Deval Patrick today kicked off the Massachusetts Brazil Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011, meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Thomas Shannon and senior government leaders in Brasilia to discuss job creation opportunities.





Memorandum of Understanding SigningSantiago, Chile -- Thursday, December 1, 2011 -- Governor Deval Patrick today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera to expand collaboration between Massachusetts and Chile in the innovation economy, with a focus on growing jobs and opportunities in the areas of clean energy, biotechnology and education.

Thursday, December 1, 2011 -- Boston Globe article about the current trade mission with a look at previous visits to China, Israel and the United Kingdom.