Ruff to Join Governor on Trade Mission to England
(Clarksville, VA) In an effort to attract British businesses to Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell has asked State Senator Frank Ruff (15th Senate District, Mecklenburg County) and Delegate Terry Kilgore (Scott County) to join him on a Trade Mission to England in July.
"This is a great opportunity for us to sell the assets of our part of Virginia. We have hard working people and a good quality of life in the region,” said Ruff. “This gives us a chance to make the case for our region directly with folks who might be interested in having an operation in the United States."
Ruff said this business trip could yield great returns.
"There are no guarantees, particularly during this economic downturn, but we are all committed to doing all we can,” said Ruff. “We have a very busy meeting schedule planned and this will be a great opportunity to attract jobs to our part of the state."
Because much of Southern Virginia and Southwest Virginia have experienced higher rates of unemployment than many parts of the state, Governor McDonnell has committed his administration to assist these regions as they try to replace jobs that were lost since textile, furniture, and other industries have left the Southern regions of the state.
Senator Ruff also said that the group is going to work very hard to make this region more desirable to businesses in the UK that may be looking to expand their productions overseas.
Senator Ruff is the Vice Chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Commission and Delegate Kilgore is the chairman of the Commission.
The Trade Mission is scheduled for July.
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