He said he had the opportunity to tour several European plants and talk with owners and executives about investment plans. He also asked them what the state could do better in order to help them expand their operations in West Virginia.
"The face-to-face meetings are very helpful when you can talk to people that can invest in anywhere in the world, so that they can feel comfortable with us," Tomblin said.
While he felt positive about the meetings, Tomblin said he didn't have any new businesses investments he could announce as of yet. But he did say he hoped to have some announcements made once he returns to the state.
"I can't announce them right now, but bet I can announce some in the next few days," Tomblin said.
Tomblin said international investors had been paying close attention to the federal government shutdown and debt ceiling debate in Washington last week.
Tomblin said some investors asked how the shutdown and Washington gridlock had affected the state, and he had to reassure them that the state's was relatively unaffected by the situation.
"I don't think it dampened the spirit (of the trip), especially once (Congress) got past the deadlock a couple days ago, but it was definitely on everybody's minds, as far as investors go," he said.
Late Gov. Cecil Underwood first opened a European development office in Munich, Germany in 1999. The state closed that office last year after the Development Office's European director, Sven Gerzer, left to take a job with the Charlotte, N.C., Chamber of Commerce.
Burdette said the new Zurich office costs about a third of what the Munich office cost, which ran about $312,000 last year.
He said the Zurich office will be a nice addition to the Development Office and help build upon the success of this month's trade mission, which he said has surpassed expectations.
"We have certain anticipations when we schedule a governor to visit, and in almost every case the meetings have exceeded our expectations," Burdette said. "As the governor said, we think we're going to have a great November."
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