What is VITAL?

The Virginia International Trade Alliance (VITAL) a new initiative by Gov. Terry McAuliffe was formed to boost Virginia businesses in the international marketplace. Its mission is to support Virginia businesses, strengthen the economy and create jobs through international trade.

What is VITAL'S Connection to JMU?

As partners to VITAL, state universities will identify companies that have international business as a corporate strategy and conduct international research to position these companies for global expansion.  Other universities that are partners of VITAL are Christopher Newport University, College of William and Mary, George Mason University, Old Dominion University, University of Mary Washington, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Military Institute and Virginia Tech.

Goals for VITAL Include:
  • Growing Virginia exports by $1.6 billion in five years.
  • Creating 14,000 trade-supported jobs in five years.
  • Increasing the number of companies enrolled in Virginia's international trade programs to serve 390 companies per year.

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