Said Tomblin, "We'll be able to tell our story on why they should invest their money in West Virginia."
Burdette said total cost of the trade mission has not been determined, since many of the travel arrangements are being finalized.
Tomblin also said that after meeting with cabinet secretaries earlier Tuesday, he believes the impact of the federal government shutdown on state agencies will be minimal -- if the deadlock in Congress can be resolved within a week.
"Obviously, we get a lot of federal grants, federal money," he said, adding, "Everybody's trying to get answers from D.C. on what the effects will be."
Although not initially affected, federal funding for various public schools grant programs could be curtailed if the shutdown goes on for some time, Tomblin said.
Likewise, state employees could be required to pick up the slack for mine and workplace safety inspections if federal inspectors are furloughed, he said.
Highway construction projects receiving federal funding should not be affected short-term, although payments to contractors may be delayed, he said.
"It's all going to depend on how long the shutdown continues," Tomblin said.
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