US Secretary of Commerce visits Roanoke for round table discussion

ROANOKE, VA (WDBJ7) - The US Secretary of Commerce led a round table discussion in Roanoke Friday focused on getting support for a replacement to NAFTA.

Secretary Wilbur Ross joined local business leaders as well as Congressmen Ben Cline and Morgan Griffith at the Roanoke Regional Chamber. Ross asked for support for the United States Mexico Canada Agreement which he says will modernize NAFTA.

Ross also encouraged local leaders to support Opportunity Zones in the region. He said these are areas provide tax incentives in low-income urban and rural communities.

"In the Roanoke are there are quite a number of opportunity zones," Ross said. "I would urge you to give very serious thought to any of your development plans or any programs you have to bring people in from outside the region, try to get them going with the opportunity zones."

Ross said he worried House Democratic leaders might not bring USMCA to the floor for a vote. He says legislation has already been introduced in Canada and Mexico.