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

Tomblin heading to Europe on trade trip

Posted: Updated:
  • BusinessBusinessMore>>

  • 'Downtown Wheeling Inc.' Changes Name, Still Has Same Goals

    'Downtown Wheeling Inc.' Changes Name, Still Has Same Goals

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:42:24 GMT
    One popular organization in Wheeling has changed their name. "Downtown Wheeling Inc.," will now be known as "Reinvent Wheeling." The group hosts many events in the Wheeling area such as the Wine and Jazz Festival, the Big Ideas Speaker series, and First Fridays. According to Reinvent Wheeling member Jake Dougherty, the name change is intended to reflect the organizations efforts to revitalize the downtown area. He said, "We were looking for a name that really expresses what was happening in d...
    One popular organization in Wheeling has changed their name. "Downtown Wheeling Inc.," will now be known as "Reinvent Wheeling." The group hosts many events in the Wheeling area such as the Wine and Jazz Festival, the Big Ideas Speaker series, and First Fridays. According to Reinvent Wheeling member Jake Dougherty, the name change is intended to reflect the organizations efforts to revitalize the downtown area. He said, "We were looking for a name that really expresses what was happening in d...
  • US existing home sales rise for 4th straight month

    US existing home sales rise for 4th straight month

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:33 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:33:29 GMT
    Sales of existing U.S. homes rose for the fourth straight month in July to their highest level in nearly a year, the latest sign that the housing recovery is picking up after stumbling at the start of the year.
    Sales of existing U.S. homes rose for the fourth straight month in July to their highest level in nearly a year, the latest sign that the housing recovery is picking up after stumbling at the start of the year.
  • 2014 West Virginia Broadband Conference highlights NTIA grant

    2014 West Virginia Broadband Conference highlights NTIA grant

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-08-20 19:13:42 GMT
    At the West Virginia Broadband Conference: Investing in the Future, at the Charleston Mariott Town Center Aug. 19, presenters highlighted the multiple sectors in the Mountain State's 11 planning and development regions that received monetary funds through a grant by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the United State Department of Commerce.
    At the West Virginia Broadband Conference: Investing in the Future, at the Charleston Mariott Town Center Aug. 19, presenters highlighted the multiple sectors in the Mountain State's 11 planning and development regions that received monetary funds through a grant by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the United State Department of Commerce.
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."