Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Friday that he hopes to announce deals stemming from his trade mission to Europe soon.
McDonnell (R), is on a nine-day trip to Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain and Sweden. So far, he has met with Volkswagen, the largest
media firm in Germany, a business that provides food to airlines and, while in Switzerland, the president of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Europe.
“We’ve got such a great story to tell,’’ McDonnell told reporters during a call from London. “We continue to give it all over the world — about the great business reputation of Virginia — a state with low unemployment, balanced budget, surplus, friendly to business, good incentives, good quality of life — That continues to pay dividends.”
McDonnell also had a reception with Don Beyer, the former Virginia lieutenant governor who now serves as ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
McDonnell will also attend the Richmond Ballet’s first ever performance at the Royal Opera House and do in interview with the Travel Channel.
The cost of the trip is about $164,000.
McDonnell is being accompanied by 11 people, including Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore and economic development officials. His wife, Maureen, is on hand to promote wine and tourism.
It is McDonnell’s sixth overseas trade mission. (He heads to Europe again next month.) His office says the state has worked with the private sector to close about $200 million in new agricultural export deals in the last two years.