By Gintautas Dumcius

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE -- Gov. Deval Patrick is planning another overseas trip, with mid-September stops in Denmark, France and the United Kingdom.

Between Sept. 14 and Sept. 19, Patrick and a group of administration officials and private sector business officials will travel to Copenhagen, Lyon, Paris and London, his office said Thursday.

All three European countries are export partners with Massachusetts.

The agenda includes a tour of the Lilligrund Wind Farm near Copenhagen, a meeting with United Kingdom government officials, and visits to companies and business organizations focused on innovation, clean technology, digital gaming, financial services and education.

Patrick also plans to address the Movement of the Enterprises of France and the Parish Chamber of Commerce.

The trip to the United Kingdom is Patrick's second as governor. During his tenure, Patrick has also visited the United Arab Emirates, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Israel, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Chile and Brazil.

"This mission is a tremendous opportunity for us to cultivate new relationships and strengthen existing ones with key global growth centers in Europe to compete for jobs and position Massachusetts as the prime destination for business growth," Patrick said in a statement.


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The 34-member delegation will include Patrick's economic development chief Gregory Bialecki and Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, National Grid Massachusetts President Marcy Reed, and Susan Windham-Bannister, president and CEO of the Mass. Life Sciences Center. 

According to Patrick's office, others who will be on the trip include:

-- Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett;

-- Pamela Goldberg, CEO, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative;

-- Alicia Barton, CEO, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center;

-- Richard Elam, executive director of Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment;

-- Joe Rull, chief of operations for Boston Mayor Martin Walsh;

-- Bill White, senior director of offshore wind sector development at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center;

-- John Hailer, chairman of the New England Council and president and CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management - Americas and Asia Management;

-- Bruce Magid, dean of Brandeis International Business School;

-- Phil Edmundson, CEO/ chairman of William Gallagher & Associates/The Alliance for Business Leadership;

-- Michael Greeley, general partner at Foundation Medical Partners;

-- John Harthorne, founder and CEO of MassChallenge;

-- Tom Pincince, president and CEO of Digital Lumens;

-- David Brewster, president and co-founder of EnerNOC;

-- Tim Loew, executive director of the Mass Digital Games Institute;

-- Monty Sharma, managing director of the Mass Digital Games Institute;

-- Becker College President Robert Johnson;

-- Kristen Rupert, executive director of Associated Industries of Massachusetts, International Business Council;

-- Tom Dretler, CEO of Shorelight Education;

-- Ashley McCown, president of Solomon McCown & Company;

-- Edvaldo Morata of ENEAS International;

-- James Paul, U.S. Department of Commerce Director, Boston Export Assistance Center;

-- Keon Holmes, managing director of Cambridge & Associates;

-- Chris Todd, senior vice president of operations and chief services officer at Kronos Incorporated;

-- Herb Healey, senior director for regulatory affairs of EnerNOC;

-- Jill Macoska, executive director of Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy;

-- Francois Ducroux, president of French American Chamber of Commerce of New England;

-- Emily Reichert, executive director of Greentown Labs;

-- Mark Vasu, executive vice president of Greentown Labs;

-- Al Bunshaft, senior vice president of Dassault Systemes.

According to Patrick's office, France is the Bay State's 13th largest export partner. Massachusetts exports $647.3 million in goods and services to France, and imports $958 million.

The United Kingdom is the state's seventh largest export partner. In 2013, Massachusetts exported $1.4 billion in goods and services and imported $2.41 billion.

Denmark, which has a life sciences cluster in Medicon Valley, is the state's 40th largest export partner. Massachusetts exported $60.3 million in goods and services and imported $48.5 million in 2013.