Gov. Bob McDonnell left Richmond Monday for the sixth foreign trade mission of his term.
Stops on his nine-day trip include Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain and Sweden where he will promote Virginia as a place for foreign companies, such as car makers like Volkswagen, to invest and to talk up the commonwealth's agricultural exports.
“It is so critical, in today’s global economy, that we are telling the Virginia story not just to businesses across the United States, but also to companies around the world," McDonnell said. "Our past international economic development and job creation missions have yielded enormous results for the Commonwealth. In fact, in the last two years alone we have worked with our private sector partners to close approximately $200 million in new agricultural export deals."
Last fall McDonnell undertook a similar trip to Israel and India.
First Lady Maureen McDonnell is accompanying her husband to tout Virginia's wine industry and promote tourism in the Old Dominion.
Also joining McDonnell on the trade mission are Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore.
The governor will be checking in with the press back home by conference call on Friday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 19. Check back at the Shad Plank for updates on McDonnell's European tour.