Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will head to Australia to study infrastructure issues and discuss possible economic partnerships. The governor is shown in this April 8, 2019, file photo from a news conference in Annapolis.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will head to Australia to study infrastructure issues and discuss possible economic partnerships. The governor is shown in this April 8, 2019, file photo from a news conference in Annapolis. (Baltimore Sun)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan heads to Australia on Sunday to study infrastructure issues and discuss possible economic partnerships.

Hogan will visit Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney before returning Sept. 30, according to an announcement Monday from his office.

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The cost of the trip, which will be split between the state and the NGA, was not available Monday.

The Sydney portion of the trip will focus on Hogan’s NGA work. He plans to meet with Michael McCormack, who is Australia’s deputy prime minister and minister of infrastructure. He also will meet with South Australia Premier Steven Marshall and New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Hogan said in a statement that he plans to “exchange ideas and innovations to modernize our roads, bridges, transit and ports."

The Adelaide and Melbourne leg of the trip will be devoted to “opportunities for economic partnerships.” Hogan will be joined by state Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz and James F. Ports, executive director of the Maryland Transportation Authority.

“This mission is all about forging new international partnerships and opportunities to create jobs and strengthen our economy,” Hogan said. He did not specify what types of jobs or industries would be targeted during the trip.

In Adelaide, Hogan will speak at the 2019 Defence Industry Cyber Summit. The Hogan administration said more than 200 government and cyber industry workers are expected to attend the event.

In Melbourne, Hogan’s team will meet with Australian government officials for transportation, jobs and environment.

Accompanying Hogan, Schulz and Ports are the following members of the governor’s staff: Allison Mayer, deputy chief of staff; Kata Hall, deputy communications director; Tiffany Waddell, director of federal relations; Kara Bowman, director of public affairs, and special assistants Colin Sweetin and Collin Cummings. The governor’s wife, Yumi Hogan, will also be part of the delegation. From the commerce department, Assistant Secretary Signe Pringle, special advisor Kyle McColgan and Paul Beatty, director of strategic initiatives, will take part.

Hogan, a Republican, has taken several international trips during his nearly five years as governor, with most of them planned as economic development missions. Hogan has traveled to Canada, China, England, France, Israel, Japan and South Korea on state business.

When Hogan is out of the United States, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford handles the official duties of the governor’s office. Rutherford also took on additional duties in 2015, when Hogan was treated for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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