CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin highlighted business investments, tax changes and fiscal responsibility in his State of the State address Wednesday night to propel the state's business environment forward.
Kenny Perdue, president of the state's AFL-CIO, thought the governor's speech was "very upbeat."
"It's a positive message for the citizens of West Virginia that good things are happening," Purdue said.
Steve Roberts with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce was especially pleased the governor continued to emphasize job creation, economic development and education.
"The governor also proposes holding the line on taxes and his deep insight into the state budget makes him highly competent to find the right level of funding for state programs, employees and initiatives," Roberts said.
Tomblin championed his administration's success in attracting foreign investment opportunities to the Mountain State.
"I will go anywhere and meet with anyone to bring good paying jobs to West Virginia," the governor said.
He touted exports increasing from $9 billion in 2011 to more than $11 billion in last.
The Italian auto manufacturer Sogefi announced a $20 million expansion at its Prichard plant, adding 250 jobs, after the governor's European investment trip in October.
Tomblin said Brazilian-based Odebrecht believes Wood County is the best location for the potential development of an ethane cracker and three polyethylene plants. The governor called it a "game changer" and a "defining moment for economic development" in West Virginia - even though the announcement in November only said Odebrecht would explore building a cracker plant in West Virginia.