From Gov. Gregoire:
Guten Tag! After three long days in Paris — I’m still feeling a tad guilty about subjecting our WA delegation to a 4am wake up call this morning to ensure we arrived in Germany on time. A lot of sleepy eyes boarded the bus this morning to the airport – but by arrival, we were all in good spirits. Me especially — not only did my baggage arrive at the airport (I was nervous after my flight to Madrid!), but we finally saw some sun! It feels like it’s been raining this entire trip… Additionally, I was made aware this morning that Washington state’s work to build our composite sector was prominently featured in one of the daily magazines distributed to thousands of aerospace industry leaders at the Paris Air Show! Our composite industry has now gained world-wide attention – and I couldn’t be happier. The exposure we received through that article is immeasurable – and the headline is fantastic: “Washington seeks to become Silicon Valley of Composites.” I hope to get a link to the article posted soon…
As soon as we landed in Germany, we wasted no time getting to work. I joined our life-sciences delegation to attend an international summit on life sciences in Hannover. There – the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association’s Chris Rivera not only celebrated his 50th birthday (happy birthday Chris!), but I also witnessed as he signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate with his counter-parts in Germany to ensure advancement and job-growth for both regions. And they’re wasting no time collaborating! Life science leaders from Germany have agreed to visit Washington state in July, 2012 for our annual life sciences summit.
I also met with the Governor of Lower Saxony to discuss other opportunities for collaboration. We had a great discussion – and look forward to a future visit from him to Washington state. While I conducted those meetings – our aerospace representatives met with their Germany counterparts to discuss ways to strengthen our training programs.
All in all — a great day. Tomorrow – we wrap up the trade mission with a tour of Hamburg’s Airbus facility to ensure the plane manufacturer uses Washington aerospace suppliers. We also visit a composite research center. More about the trip soon!