- In September, Governor Bob McDonnell led an economic development tour of Southwest Virginia's e-Region. The e-Region consists of Lee, Scott, Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Tazewell Counties and the City of Norton. The e-Region designation reflects the area's focus on electronic information technology, energy, education and emerging technologies. The governor was joined by Lieutenant Governor and Chief Jobs Creation Officer Bill Bolling, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng, Senior Economic Advisor Bob Sledd, Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey and representatives from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority.
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