Tomblin heading to Europe on trade trip - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

Tomblin heading to Europe on trade trip

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: Route 2 now open following tractor trailer accident

    UPDATE: Route 2 now open following tractor trailer accident

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:00:48 GMT
    A tractor trailer is blocking part of Route 2. The road is closed until further notice. Drivers heading in both direction are being asked to use the Big Ben Bowen Highway connector by Target to get around.
    A tractor trailer is blocking part of Route 2. The road is closed until further notice. Drivers heading in both direction are being asked to use the Big Ben Bowen Highway connector by Target to get around.
CHARLESTON, WV (AP) -

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is taking an economic development trip to Europe.

The 13-day trip is set for Oct. 10 to 22. It will include stops in Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Tomblin said Tuesday he'll focus on strengthening relations with companies already doing business in West Virginia, along with talking with others considering investing in the state.

"These face-to-face meetings are an indispensable part of bringing more global investment and good-paying jobs to our state," Tomblin said.

More than 80 European companies have invested in West Virginia and currently employ more than 10,000 people in the state. Last year, nearly one-third of West Virginia's $11.3 billion in exports went to Europe.

Tomblin will be the first West Virginia governor to take a trade trip to France.

He took a similar trip to Japan last year.

"Our mission to Japan was tremendously successful, with five companies announcing expansions upon our return," Tomblin said. "I'm very hopeful this mission proves to be just as fruitful."