Governor Appoints Mason Representative to China Trade Mission

Posted: June 11, 2010 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: June 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced this week that Keith Segerson, managing director of the Mason Enterprise Center at the School of Public Policy, is one of five delegates he named to represent the commonwealth on a trade mission to Beijing, China, organized by the Southern Governors’ Association.

Delegates were scheduled to meet with their Chinese counterparts June 10-11. The complete trade delegation includes 39 representatives from nine states and territories representing the American South.

McDonnell said, “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.  This includes business development here in Virginia as well as expanding our presence in the global marketplace.

“Virginia’s office of commerce and trade is working diligently to help our industries better compete in countries all around the world by establishing trade offices in China, India and the United Kingdom, and increasing funding for our VALET program, which assists Virginia companies in expanding their international business.”

Other delegates representing Virginia in China are

  • Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng
  • Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade Peter Su
  • Jeremy Stratton, Director, City of Danville, Office of Economic Development
  • Richmond Dell, Executive Director, Advanced Vehicle Research Center

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