Companies entering the U.S. or expanding their presence often have to deal with choosing a location on one coast without completely giving up on the other one. That may not be a problem for much longer, if Utah and Virginia have their way.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell are undertaking a joint trip to California, where they will be co-marketing Utah and Virginia to companies looking at expanding in the United States.
This does have shades of the recent campaign undertaken by Texas to entice California companies, but CA Gov. Jerry Brown is in China on a trade mission and unable to provide free publicity to interlopers with a colorful remark.
The only official California response so far has been from Riley Ray Robbins, deputy director of Go-Biz, the California Governor‚Äôs Office of Business and Economic Development, who thanked the governors for their ‚Äúdouble-occupancy contribution‚Äù to the Golden State‚Äôs tourism industry.
But the real news here is about the joint effort by the two states, which is an original concept since it works specifically because of their vast geographical separation. Virginia officials apparently cooked up the idea of teaming up with Utah to offer an East-West expansion strategy so that they can jointly provide more options for companies looking to expand in either the Mountain West or on the East Coast.
They choose Utah as a partner for this effort because the governors have gotten to know each other, and Utah and Virginia are the top two states for doing business, as per the annual Forbes rankings.
Governor McDonnell, talking about the 16-day economic development trip he is undertaking to California and Asia starting April 10, 2013, said in a statement issued by his office that ‚Äúwe will have the unique opportunity to partner with Utah and get in front of California-based companies looking to expand their national footprint.‚Äù
In California, the two governors will be jointly hosting a luncheon and receptions. They have arranged their schedules to make room for joint stops in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Orange County. After the California trip (April 10-12), Gov McDonnell will head for China (April 14-22) and Japan (April 23-25).
Virginia is promoting its agriculture and tourism industries during this three-leg trip, and the Governor is accompanied by senior officials from the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, among others.