- Associated Press - Thursday, November 17, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia economic development officials have opened a new marketing office in South Korea.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the opening of the new Seoul office during his more than weeklong marketing mission to Japan, Korea, Singapore and Australia.

The office will be staffed by Julie Kim, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s director of Korea. Virginia used to have a presence in South Korea but budget cuts forced it to close the office several years ago.

Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore says South Korean companies invested more than $90 million to start or expand businesses in Virginia between 2011 and 2015.

VEDP also has offices in China, Germany, Japan, India and the United Kingdom.

McAuliffe is expected to return from his trade mission on Nov. 22.

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