Economic trip to Japan costs calculated


Trip costs $14,700 for four city officials’ travel expenses

By Melanie Yingst - [email protected]



TROY — The city of Troy paid $ 14,704.30 to send four delegates to Japan for a nine day economic development trip last May.

Mayor Michael Beamish, along with director of public service and safety Patrick Titterington, president of city council Marty Baker, Troy Development Council Development Director Jim Dando and chamber of commerce executive director J.C. Wallace were part of the 2015 delegation to Japan. The last economic development trip to Japan was in 2012. The delegation returned on May 27.

The trip’s expenses did not include J.C. Wallace’s expenses.

The trip included corporate site visits to F.tech, the parent company of F & P America, which has both a research and development branch as well as the manufacturing plant in Troy, Honda Motor Company and Honda’s logistics branch. The trip also included a stop in the sister city of Takahashi, Japan.

According to a public records request, of that grand total, $7,020.67 was for airfare and transportation, $4,172.48 for lodging (with the exception of Troy’s sister city Takahashi City) and $358.52 for food. The remaining $3,152.63 was for miscellaneous expenses such as gifts ,with the majority of the funds paying for shipping costs.

Trip costs $14,700 for four city officials’ travel expenses

By Melanie Yingst

[email protected]

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