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
"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
"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
"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
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.
Above image: Clive Pugh CEO
Winchester Aus giving Secretary Jones site tour
Top image: Brett Luxford,
Secretary Jones, Rebecca Casson & Dan Simmonds