Will trade missions bring more jobs to WMass?

Goal is to attract overseas businesses to Massachusetts

BOSTON (WWLP) – The Governor hopes that through his trade missions, businesses overseas would want to create jobs here in Massachusetts. It’s proven successful in Boston and Cambridge, but 22News found out whether the Pioneer Valley might feel the impact.

Governor Deval Patrick has been on more than ten trade missions over his past eight-years in office. The goal is to attract overseas businesses to set-up-shop here in Massachusetts. Trips are partially paid for by you, the taxpayer.

22News wanted to find out if these trade missions translate into job-creation in western parts of the state. Accoridng to State Rep. John Scibak, (D) Second Hampshire District, “I think they do, you know, on occasion. The situation is really trying to find the perfect fit. You know, what is the industry, where does it fit.”

A list of trade mission takeaways sent to 22News from the Governor’s office shows an agreement was made in 2011 between UMass Amherst and a Brazilian corporation to expand agricultural research, but no specific references to job creation.

The Patrick administration argues that achievements made in one part of the state benefits the entire Commonwealth.

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