From Rogers Weed, Director of the Washington State Department of Commerce:
We wrapped up our time in France with visits to energy, automotive and life sciences companies and organizations. France, like Washington state, has an energy system with a very low carbon footprint since nuclear energy and renewables make up the vast majority of the energy generation.
The Governor visited with senior leaders of both Areva and Électricité de France (EdF) since both have significant investments in our state (EdF via their US renewable subsidiary, enXco and Areva via their nuclear fuel assembly operation in Richland). We discussed Fukushima and high water in the Columbia River and assured both companies that we value their investment in Washington.
We also introduced some of our software and services companies to French automobile manufacturers, where we began a dialogue on cooperation between our Washington Biotech and Biomedical Association (WBBA) and some of the leading cancer research organizations in the Paris region. All in all, it was very productive. And now, we’re in Germany for our big finish!