U.S. VA Governor Terry McAuliffe Meets with Canon Executives In Asia

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U.S. VA Governor Terry McAuliffe Meets with Canon Executives In Asia

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    U.S. VA Governor Terry McAuliffe Meets with Canon Executives In Asia
    Gov. McAuliffe meets with Canon on Asia trip

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe and a state team travelling now in Asia met with "the No. 1 man" at Canon earlier this week, he said Wednesday, during an overseas conference call with reporters.

    An excellent meeting with the chairman of Canon and his team,” McAuliffe said. “That's about all I want to go into now.”

    State and local officials have been hoping that Canon will expand its existing operation in Newport News, and last week McAuliffe mentioned the possibility of the company bringing its global research and development center here. Negotiations have been largely secret, though, as is common with economic development efforts.

    McAuliffe said the meeting with Canon officials in Japan was the first one he took during his ongoing 10-day tour of Japan, South Korea and China. It lasted about an hour, he said.

    “I am hopeful about the progress,” McAuliffe said, declining to say more.

    This was one of 70 meetings the governor and top state development officials said they have on their schedules during the trip. They're pitching tourism, working to expand the number of direct flights from China to Virginia, selling state products and working on deals to expand Asian investment here.

    They announced one Wednesday morning: A $36 million expansion of Dynax America Corp.'s automotive components manufacturing operation in Botetourt County.

    McAuliffe said he's made several other “handshake deals” during the trip, which is about half over. He said people should see major announcements in the coming months, once contracts are fully executed.

    He also said U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus – a “great friend” – sat next to him at dinner in Beijing and spoke for 20 minutes about bringing Chinese business to the state.

    “There's no higher seal of approval than that in the country right now,” state Commerce Secretary Maurice Jones, who was also on the conference call, told reporters.

    Among other things, Virginia hopes to increase wine and soy bean exports to Asia. Many of the soy beans are grown and packaged in Isle of Wight County, or the surrounding area. The state and county governments there ponied up about $28,000 in grant money earlier this year to help Montague Farms expand.

    McAuliffe said his secretary of agriculture and forestry, Todd Haymore, spent seven hours in a meeting yesterday.

    “That's a long time talking soy beans,” McAuliffe said.

    The trip is expected to cost about $250,000, which McAuliffe said “is worth every penny.”

    “You've got to sit face to face. There's nothing like that personal contact,” the governor said.
    Gov. McAuliffe and the Virginia delegation meet with Canon executives, including their Chairman Fujio Mitarai, in Japan Oct. 21.