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Gov. Corbett to Lead 2012 International Trade Mission, Expand Job Opportunities

According to a recent news release, the governor will lead a delegation of Pennsylvania business leaders on a trade mission to France and Germany in the spring focusing on connecting Pa. companies with potential export partners and encouraging international business to invest in the state.
The mission will be privately funded by the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, a non-profit partnership with the state.
“With the private-sector support of the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, I am proud
to lead our business leaders on this mission to create real opportunities for economic investment and job growth,” Corbett said in the news release. “While in France and Germany, we will connect our businesses with opportunities to enter new markets and will
meet directly with companies that are looking at investing and creating jobs in Pennsylvania.”
France and Germany are two of Pennsylvania’s most important trade partners, the release stated, and combined represent the state’s fourth largest export market and number one source of foreign direct investment.
The state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Office of International Business Development is working on several investment projects from France and Germany and Gov. Corbett and DCED Secretary C. Alan Walker will work with OIBD’s international representatives to meet with company officials with a goal of securing the projects and the new jobs that will follow.
OIBD and Pennsylvania’s Investment representative in France have been meeting with company officials in Paris and in the United States since 2007, working to promote Pennsylvania as the ideal location for their expansion projects in the U.S. energy market.