Trade missions: important investments

From Carl Adrian, President & CEO, Tri-City Development Council:

I just attended the Paris Air Show with a State delegation led by Governor Gregoire. The Paris Air Show is the premier event for the avaition industry worldwide so everyone who is anything to the industry is there.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood led the ribbon cutting ceremonies for the USA Pavilion and Governor Gregoire did the same for the Washington booth. I counted at least three other Governors and a number of U.S Senators in attendance today. It is absolutely a must for the State of Washington to participate and take a leadership position at events like this. Our State’s position in the aerospace industry is enviable, but the only way we will continue to be a leader is to promote the industry within the state and make it known to the world that Washington isn’t resting on its laurels. I visited fifteen other State and Community Booths this morning all aiming to knock Washington out of first place. I am glad the State is here and we need to support more efforts just like this.


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