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Governor Robert Bentley to lead Alabama economic development mission to Japan

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Governor Robert Bentley will travel to Japan on an economic development mission with the goal of recruiting more jobs to Alabama and strengthening relationships with Japanese companies that already have facilities in the state.

The governor will depart on Sunday, November 10, to begin a week-long series of meetings with various employers to discuss opportunities for growth that would lead to more new jobs for Alabamians. Governor Bentley, along with Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield and the Department of Commerce’s Asian business development expert, Hollie Pegg, will meet with Japanese trade officials, biotech industry representatives, and key executives at Toyota, Honda and other companies with operations in Alabama. The team will wrap up meetings early Friday, November 15, before returning to Alabama.

“My number-one priority is bringing more jobs to Alabama, and this economic development mission will help us do just that,” Governor Bentley said. “The State of Alabama enjoys a strong business relationship with several companies that are based in Japan. Thousands of people in Alabama have a job today thanks to that ongoing relationship. By building on those relationships and by discussing our positive business climate, we can further our goal of recruiting more jobs to Alabama.”

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