Governor McDonnell officially opens Martinsville company and welcomes 500 jobs
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
MARTINSVILLE, Va.- Governor McDonnell and most of his cabinet welcomed ICF International in Martinsville Monday.
IFC International officially opened its doors Monday in Henry County with Governor Bob McDonnell, Lt. Bill Bolling, most of the governor's cabinet and the company's CEO by his side.
"He saw the fact to get a trained motivated labor force good rates on real estate, reasonable tax rates. And to be able to keep an expansion of his business at a lower cost right here in Virginia," McDonnell said.
The call center has already hired nearly 200 employees and plans to hire more than 300 in less than four years.
The Northern Virginia based company does integrated survey research and processing support including helping companies incorporate social media into their business plan.
The announcement of 500 jobs coming to Southern Virginia, the area hardest hit by unemployment in the state, is help the governor says is an answered prayer.
"Honestly we still got 200,000 plus people who don't have a job in Virginia. We have an unacceptably high number of people in Henry County and Pittsylvania and Martinsville and Danville that can't find work. They're still the highest unemployment rates in the state. We're not satisfied," McDonnell said.
McDonnell also used Monday's economic news as a setting to sign nine jobs and economic development bills introduced by Southern Virginia delegates.
While hundreds of jobs are on the minds of economic leaders, the governor's future job is being kept quiet.
McDonnell is said to be a contender for the republican vice president position, running with Mitt Romney.
"Oh that's completely up to Mitt Romney. I've got Thomas Jefferson's job I'm not looking for another one. I do want to help Mitt Romney win in Virginia," McDonnell said.
Monday night Lt. Governor Bolling continued his campaign in Danville.
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