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Gov. McAuliffe Embarks on Trade Mission to China & UK

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Governor Terry McAuliffe has set off on the first international trade mission of his term. The businessman-turned-governor is using skills he developed in his career to encourage more companies to invest in Virginia.

The visit to China and the United Kingdom follows a series of major economic development announcements.

Once the governor lands in Beijing he’ll talk with executives of the Tranlin Paper Company. The administration recently announced a $2 billion investment in Chesterfield County that should create 2,000 jobs in Virginia.

The governor says he will tour the facility in China, as well as have dinner and talk business with other prospective Chinese investors.

"Part of the negotiation process is, I promised I would come over and I'm actually going to their plant and spending an entire day, so I'm only on the ground in China for about two days, but I'm really going to see, this is the biggest investment a Chinese company has made in the United States of America,” said McAuliffe.

McAuliffe will work on his economic development goals in China between now and Saturday. Then he flies over to London to catch the Farnborough International Airshow. The governor says the opportunities to network with business leaders in Europe will also provide a chance to get Virginia’s name out there as a business-friendly state.

Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe Press Release

Today Governor Terry McAuliffe embarked on the first international trade mission of his governorship, an eight day trip to China and the United Kingdom.

Accompanied by First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, Secretary of Commerce and Trace Maurice Jones, Secretary of Agriculture Todd Haymore and representatives of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Department of Agricultural Services, the Governor will meet with business executives, government representatives and other leaders in both countries in an effort to bring more businesses and jobs back to Virginia and find new customers for products exported from the Commonwealth. The Governor and his team will attend 75 events or meetings over the course of the trade mission.

“Creating jobs, growing Virginia’s economy and finding new markets for our product are my top priorities,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Trade missions like these are a great opportunity to meet prospective partners face-to-face and convince them to bring their business to the Commonwealth. No country or state can match the workforce, infrastructure and business climate that Virginia has to offer, and my team and I are looking forward to making that case over the next eight days.

While in China between Thursday, July 10th and Saturday July 12th, the Governor will meet executives from the Tranlin Paper Company, which recently announced a $2 billion investment in Chesterfield County that will create 2,000 manufacturing jobs. He will also host a private Virginia reception for prospective Chinese companies interested in investing in Virginia as well as Chinese companies that could expand an existing relationship with Virginia.

On July 11th the Governor will travel to London, England to attend the Farnborough International Airshow and a number of business-development events related to the airshow. He will attend the Aerospace Industries Association's (AIA) exclusive reception in honor of the U.S. President’s Representative to the Farnborough Air Show; attend a Rolls-Royce Global Partners Banquet to network with the companies that form Rolls Royce’s global supply chain; and host a Virginia Executive Reception for senior corporate executives from the greater London area, as well as those attending the Farnborough Airshow.

The Governor and his team will also attend a number of private meetings with companies that could invest in Virginia’s economy.

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