Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) will head to India and Israel on his fourth trade mission as governor in November.
McDonnell said Tuesday on his monthly call-in show on WNIS (790 AM) in Norfolk that he wants to tell the world about “the Virginia story — the most business-friendly state in America.”
McDonnell’s friend and neighbor to the north, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), will travel to India the same month. His six-day trip, with stops planned in Mumbai, New Delhi and Hyderabad, will be the first such mission to India by a sitting Maryland governor, according to O’Malley’s office.
McDonnell will leave the state Nov. 9 and return Nov. 22, according to his office. The administration is still confirming the schedule and those who will travel with McDonnell and did not release details Tuesday.
McDonnell will travel to India because it is an expanding market and Israel to build on relationships with Israeli companies with operations in Virginia , said his spokesman, Jeff Caldwell.
Virginia is opening new trade offices in India, China and the United Kingdom.
McDonnell proposed the offices, and the General Assembly approved spending $1.5 million over two years for them.
Currently, the state spends about $880,000 a year on independent contractors in four markets: Brussels, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Mexico City.