Always on the look out for foreign investment and trade with Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell will head out this week on a 16-day 'economic development" mission that includes stops in China and Japan.

But first he'll make domestic stops in California to team up with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert "to co-market Virginia and Utah to companies that might be looking to expand in the U.S."

From Wednesday through Friday McDonnell will visit Los Angeles and San Francisco where in addition in working with Herbert to convince companies in the Golden State to expand to the Old Dominion or the Beehive State he wil promote Virginia's burgeoning film industry.

From there McDonnell makes his second trip as governor to China, where he will spend a week looking to strengthen relationships with Asian companies doing business in Virginia and look to expand trade opportunities.

China is the biggest foreign buyer of Virginia's agricultural exports.

McDonnell will wrap up with a three day visit to  Japan before returning to the commonwealth.

“In a competitive global economy it is essential to meet with businesses across the United States and around the world to tell them why they should invest in Virginia," McDonnell said in a press release. "That is what we are doing on this mission. First, we will have the unique opportunity to partner with Utah and get in front of California-based companies looking to expand their national footprint. Following that domestic stop, we will travel to China and Japan to further strengthen many existing relationships with Asian companies that are already in Virginia, as well as begin new partnerships. In this market, it is mandatory that we continue to expand the presence of international companies in the Commonwealth, as well as explore new export opportunities. That is how we will continue to create good jobs for the citizens of Virginia. Our past economic development and job creation missions have yielded tremendous results, and I look forward to continued job-creation progress as a result of this new mission to California and Asia.”