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Governor Ralph Northam is taking an international trip for a trade and marketing mission with members of his administration this week. The governor and his delegation will visit Belgium, Spain, and Germany while participating in 20 meetings according to an announcement from his office. 

“Virginia has an incredible track record for attracting international companies,” Northam said in a press release. “Our inclusive policies, strong workforce, quality infrastructure, and access to the world-class Port of Virginia make the Commonwealth an ideal location for companies looking to move to the United States.”

Northam’s Chief of Staff Clark Mercer, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring, and representatives from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are accompanying the governor on the trip. 

The announcement from the governor’s office says that the delegation will be participating in foreign direct investment meetings including two business roundtables. 

The governor will visit the Basque Country in the northern region of Spain. They just signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Virginia this August to develop and implement technologies related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and storage.

“I look forward to building and strengthening relationships this week,” Northam said Monday. 

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