On Tuesday, the Lt. Governor hosted the first official hearing of the Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations (LCEDIR), which was followed afterwards by a legislative reception.
The purpose of the LCEDIR is to strengthen economic and cultural ties between individual legislative districts, and international communities, and the meeting featured a productive dialogue between legislative and industry representatives.
During the meeting, business leaders, elected officials, and stakeholders representing industries across the state shared briefings about Washington’s international trade and economic profile. Presenters included the Office of the Governor’s Director of International Relations & Protocol, the Executive Director of Pacific NorthWest Economic Region, the Deputy Director of Washington Public Ports Association, and the Director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture. The legislative cohort was comprised of a bipartisan, bicameral group of state legislators, who discussed with presenters strategies for expanding Washington’s robust export market, and ways to reinforce the state as a global hub of innovation.
With the increased development of large-scale businesses like Amazon, Starbucks, Costco, Microsoft, Boeing, and others, and a renewed focus on expanding innovative business districts, Washington has quickly risen to prominence as a preferred stop for international heads of state and investors. Washington state currently exports $11,500 of goods for each Washingtonian — making it second in the nation, and continuing its legacy as a hub of international trade on the West Coast.
Following the hearing, the committee was joined by members of the Consular Corps of Washington for a legislative reception, which allowed for more informal connections to be made between industry, international, and legislative leaders.