Eye-opening trip…

From Lee D. Lambert, President of Shoreline Community College

The governor’s trade mission to France and Germany was very informative and eye opening. As noted by the Consulate General in Hamburg, Germany it is important for USA to continue and strengthen existing relationships with it’s longstanding partners. As she noted, delegation trips like this one go a long way to show America’s commitment to it’s relationship with Germany. It was noted by the commercial service office that trade shows in Germany are one of the best ways to connect with existing and future partners.

I walked away from this trip with a deeper understanding of trends, partnerships and best practices in a global context. The competition for the ever expanding aerospace market is growing. Washington state must step up it’s efforts if it wants to continue to be the global leader. Examples of this was reflected at the 49th Paris Airshow. Within the USA, fourteen states were showcasing their efforts to attract and retain the aerospace industry. Many states highlighted their advantages be they tax credits, a strong well trained employee base, solid supply chain and a commitment to developing the future workforce.

This was a reminder of the role community college’s play in supporting the attraction and retention of the aerospace industry.

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