‘Good days are about to return’ McDonnell tells business advocates

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Gov. Bob McDonnell told statewide business leaders Monday morning that he believes Virginia’s economy is on the rebound.

“It’s been a tough stretch,” McDonnell said at a breakfast held at the Richmond Marriott to kick off the Virginia Department of Business Assistance’s Business Appreciation Week. “There’s virtually no family, no business that hasn’t been affected in some way. I know it’s been a test of your leadership, but I think good days are about to return.”

Virginia has emerged from the last three recessions with double-digit growth within three years, McDonnell said. “We’re going to get there, but it’s going to take a lot of work,” he said.

McDonnell said that economic adviser Bob Sledd is leading an effort to market Virginia’s benefits worldwide.

“We are working hard on a strategic plan to capitalize on Virginia’s core competencies,” McDonnell said.

McDonnell touted Northrop Grumman Corp.’s decision to relocate its headquarters in Virginia and the business investments passed by the General Assembly this year, including a boost to the Governor’s Opportunity Fund. 

“We’re going to be very aggressive in telling the story of Virginia,” he said.

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