Virginia joins trade mission to China

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Virginia has five representatives on a trade mission to China with the Southern Governors’ Association.

Representatives from nine U.S. states and territories are meeting with 31 Chinese delegates from 11 Chinese provinces in Beijing Thursday and Friday. The goal of the trade mission is to promote exports from the Southern U.S. and market the South as an ideal location to expand or invest in the U.S.

Delegates from Virginia include: Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng; Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade Peter Su; Jeremy Stratton, Danville’s director of economic development; Keith Segerson, managing director of George Mason University’s Mason Enterprise Center; and Richard “Dick” D. Dell Sr., executive director of the Advanced Vehicle Research Center.

“While Virginia is known as a great place to do business, in these tough economic times we must look for every opportunity to attract and retain job creating employers,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement. “This includes business development here in Virginia as well as expanding our presence in the global marketplace.”

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