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International Speaker Series - US Chapter


International visitor, Maurice Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade of the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA declared Geelong a welcoming city with a wonderful port, growing healthcare industry and strong industrial base.

The Committee for Geelong (CfG), in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG), today hosted an industry luncheon for Secretary Jones as the first event in their International Speaker Series - USA chapter.

"My visit to Geelong has been very positive, the people here are incredibly kind and have given me the chance to see what a beautiful part of the world it is," Secretary Jones said,

"I look forward to developing the relationship between Virginia and Geelong to see how we can enrich our two areas in key sectors such as trade, tourism, technology, defence, agribusiness health and international education,"

"There are numerous opportunities for collaboration, as there are many common themes and assets between Virginia and Australia."

The visit to Geelong has been a direct result of the CfG's trade mission to the USA in May 2015.

"The CfG led a trade mission to the USA last year to showcase opportunities for investment in Geelong, together with cultivating a relationship with the Commonwealth of Virginia," CfG CEO Rebecca Casson said.

"We had a very positive meeting with the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia and Secretary Jones and, as a result, just one year on, it's been Geelong's turn to host."

"The visit has provided an opportunity to explore commerce, trade and tourism links between our city and Virginia. Secretary Jones has taken tours of Geelong and the Great Ocean Road and attended industry meetings with Winchester Australia, Deakin University, Tribal Campus, Boundary Bend Olives and the Geelong Football Club.  His speech at The Pier to over one hundred industry delegates was very informative."

CoGG partnered with CfG on its International Speaker Series - USA chapter and said Secretary Jones' visit has been valuable to local business people.

"The CoGG is pleased to be working with the CfG to host high-level global visitors in Geelong. Secretary Jones is a fantastic international connection for Geelong to have and has had many positive conversations with local businesses during his visit," said Brett Luxford, General Manager Investment and Attraction, CoGG.

"We look forward to hosting more international guests later in the year and working proactively on our international engagement."

Secretary Jones has visited three cities during his trade mission to Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne and Geelong. The purpose of his mission is to assist Virginia companies in finding new markets for their products and services and to promote Virginia's incredible tourism assets.  At the conclusion of his mission to Australia, Secretary Jones will have conducted over 30 appointments, including industry meetings and media interviews.

Secretary Jones

Above image: Clive Pugh CEO Winchester Aus giving Secretary Jones site tour

Top image: Brett Luxford, Secretary Jones, Rebecca Casson & Dan Simmonds



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