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McDonnell spends $17,000 to erect 'Virginia: open for business' signs

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has made no secret that he wants Virginia to be known as the top state for business. So much so that he's decided to begin advertising it.

Seventeen signs have been erected in strategic locations around the state, including near Richmond International Airport and the Beltway at the American Legion Bridge, proclaiming that Virginia is, indeed, open for business.

The new "Virginia: Open for Business" signs are attached to existing cardinal welcome signs to cut down on expenses. The total cost of the project -- about $17,000 -- came from the Department of Transportation's operations and maintenance account.

Installation began six weeks ago and was completed last week.

Other locations include I-64 in Alleghany County, I-81 in Frederick County, I-85 in Mecklenburg County, I-95 in Greensville County, US 301 in King George County, US 13 in Accomack County, I-77 in Carroll and Bland counties, I-81 and US 23 in Washington County, US 29 in Danville, US 58 in Lee County, US 220 in Henry County and US 460 in Giles and Tazewell counties.

"Virginia is the most business friendly state in America and we want the nation and the world to know that,'' McDonnell spokeswoman Taylor Thornley said. "These signs are a small, but creative, way of continuing to get that positive message out and helping to bring new employers and new jobs to every corner of the Commonwealth."

By Anita Kumar  |  August 18, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell , Transportation  
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