Feb 9. 2011
The governor during a previous trade mission to China in 2007. (Courtesy massgov via Flickr)
BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick is off to to Israel and England next month, leading a trade mission he says will focus on growing businesses and jobs in the state’s innovation sector.
Patrick says he will bring representatives of some two dozen companies dealing in technology, life sciences and clean energy on the trip. They will meet with Israeli and British businesses and officials.
The Patrick administration says there are currently hundreds of Israeli and British companies with operations in the Commonwealth. Patrick said that a group of local CEOs encouraged him to travel more in order to sell the state.
“We’re taking this trip at the urging of many business people who have said look, when we’re out there making our pitch, our competitor is out there with his or her governor, and we’d like you to come out here and help us as well,” Patrick said.
Patrick says he believes the trip will boost foreign investment and create more jobs in the Bay State.
One reporter pointed out that Patrick went on a trade mission to China during his first term, but Massachusetts is still losing hundreds of jobs to the Asian giant, as evidenced by Evergreen Solar’s recent announcement that it will close its Devens plant and move its manufacturing operations there.
But the governor appeared to be prepared for the Evergreen question, and he quickly reeled off a list of accomplishments from his 2007 China trip.
“We secured six foreign direct investment projects from China representing over 15 million dollars in capitol investment; the Massachusetts tech collaborative signed an agreement with the Chinese Wind Energy Training association to promote training,” Gov. Patrick said.
The governor sets out on March 7th.