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McDonnell heading to Europe for trade mission

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Gov. Bob McDonnell and other economic development officials are heading on a nine-day trade mission to Europe on Monday.

The group will visit with automotive and advanced manufacturing companies in Wolfsburg and Gutersloh, Germany, meet with executives of pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies in Zurich, Switzerland, promote Virginia wine and tourism in London, and meet with a variety of companies in Stockholm, Sweden, including automotive, aquaculture, construction, banking, and biotechnology industries.

The visits will include attending the international debut of Richmond Ballet at London’s Royal Opera House, meeting wine critic Oz Clarke and hosting receptions to showcase Virginia’s wines and homegrown products.

“Europe is an important corporate and trade partner with Virginia, and it is essential that we continue to expand the presence of European companies in Virginia as well as look for new export opportunities to this region,” McDonnell said in a statement. “I look forward to sharing Virginia’s success story as the top state to do business and bring back even more economic successes from this trade mission.”

The group includes First Lady Maureen McDonnell, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore and officials from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Virginia Tourism Corp., and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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