RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley predicts greater cooperation, particularly in the areas of economic development, between his state and Virginia as Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe takes office.
O'Malley was one of several high ranking elected officials attending McAuliffe's inauguration in Richmond. The former Democratic National Committee chairman and fundraiser for Bill and Hillary Clinton has been sworn in on a rainy day at the state Capitol.
Maryland and Virginia often compete to lure businesses looking to move to the Washington, D.C. area.
O'Malley says there's a growing awareness that both states are both part of the same region and need to work together for mutual benefit.
But, he added, "you always look at your neighbors, you always look at how you are doing in your peer group."