Legislative Committee on Economic Development & International Relations
to help stimulate local economies in Washington state
Members of the Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations learned about the federal EB-5 investment program at the committee's first meeting on Sept. 13 in Everett. You can watch the work session on TVW above, and download the individual presentations via links on the meeting's agenda. A general overview of the meeting can be read on our news release.
Title 43.15.060 RCW: Powers - Study and Review of economic issues. The committee, or its subcommittees, are authorized to study and review economic development issues. The committee’s duties include special emphasis on international trade, tourism, investment and industrial development, and assisting the legislature in developing a comprehensive and consistent economic development policy.
Tourism is also a vital part of the state's economy and an important economic engine for hundreds of communities and businesses throughout the state. This $14.2.6 billion industry supports more than 147,600 jobs, representing 3.8 percent of all jobs in Washington, according to the Department of Commerce's 2009 "Tourism Matters to Washington" report.
Links and resources
Export Washington - Learn more about how to export your products, and view videos four Washington state business success stories.
Choose Washington - Data and information for businesses considering a Washington state location
Experience Washington - tourism and travel information
www.experiencewashington.com/industry - Tourism industry visitor data
More related links:
Washington State University - Economic Development and Global Engagement
Employment and Economic Information (Labor market information from Washington State Employment Security Department)
Washington Economy at a Glance (US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Port Directory (Washington Public Ports)