PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – President Barack Obama will be back in Central Virginia next week, according to CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil.
Prince George County administrator Percy Ashcraft said the White House informed county leaders today that the President would speak at the Rolls-Royce plant at Crosspointe. Ashcraft said the President was going to make remarks about the economy, but he was given no further details.
Prince George County broke the news on its Twitter feed Friday night:
White House announces that President Obama will visit Prince George County Friday, March 9 to speak on the economy at the Rolls Royce plant.—
Prince George, Va. (@PrinceGeorgeVa) March 02, 2012
This would be President Obama’s third trip to Central Virginia in the last six months.
In September, President Obama gave a speech to supporters in the Robins Center at the University of Richmond. One month later he spoke to a much smaller crowd inside a fire station in Chesterfield County.
Virginia is considered a battleground state in the upcoming elections. President Obama was the first Democrat to win Virginia in a presidential election since the 1960’s.
The venue President Obama chose to make Friday’s speech is a newly-opened $170 million plant that makes discs for Rolls-Royce engines that go into aircraft.
Rolls-Royce said the plant would eventually create 500 jobs and the company would invest $500 million in Virginia in the coming years.