Day 2: DC Fly-In – Military Affairs, Business Climate and More On Ex-Im

On Thursday our groups headed in different directions – some to the Pentagon and some to Capitol Hill – all in support of our unified agenda. In every session we heard just how much our collaborative, regional approach to the process was appreciated. Coming together as a region, we were assured, goes a long way toward furthering our efforts because a targeted intention makes it easier for our leaders to know what matters; what’s important to our business climate; and what will make a positive impact on our entire community. Members of our Military Affairs group headed to the Pentagon Continue reading

DC Fly-In: Day 1 — Healthcare, Ex-Im Bank & International Trade

  The annual DC Fly-In to Washington DC got off to a soggy start as our 40 Inland Northwest delegates arrived to a wet welcome. Spirits and energy were high despite the spring deluge, and Wednesday morning was dry and just a little humid – perfect for a walk to Capitol Hill. Using GSI’s 2015 Federal Legislative Priority Agenda as our guide, we broke into special-interest groups and commenced a full day of intentional conversations that represented a unified agenda for our region. Our first official day in DC started with a lively discussion centering around the imminent expiration of the Continue reading

Inland Northwest Delegation Heads to DC for Regional Advocacy Trip

Next week Greater Spokane Incorporated, in partnership with the Greater Spokane Valley and West Plains Chambers of Commerce, will lead a delegation of 40 business, education and community leaders to Washington DC to advocate on behalf of the Inland Northwest region. The annual DC fly-in gives area leaders the opportunity to meet with key officials and present policy priorities that are important to the region’s business climate. This year’s advocacy trip delegation will include representatives from local government, manufacturing, healthcare, financial, aerospace, clean tech, agribusiness, transportation and higher education sectors. The 2015 GSI Federal Legislative Priority Agenda represents a targeted Continue reading

Armed Forces Persons of the Year Recognized

(SPOKANE, Wash.) – The Spokane regional community recognized the Armed Forces Persons of the Year and the winner of the Neal R. Fosseen award today, celebrating our region’s outstanding military personnel during the “Let Freedom Ring” program at Greater Spokane Incorporated’s monthly Good Morning Greater Spokane event.           The winners in each category for Armed Forces Persons of the Year are (photos available upon request): Reserve/Guard, Junior Enlisted Senior Airman Nicole N. Holland, WA Air National Guard Reserve/Guard, Mid Grade Enlisted Petty Officer First Class Jed Kappus, United States Navy Reserve Reserve/Guard, Senior Enlisted Master Chief Continue reading

Washington Sets New Export Record

Washington state export sales grew to $90.6 billion in 2014, a double-digit increase from 2013 and a new record. With 95% of the world’s consumers and 80% of its purchasing power outside the US it comes as no surprise that Washington companies are taking advantage of growing world markets. Additionally, across the US, more than 97% of the 293,000 companies that export their products are small and medium-sized companies. Learn more about available export resources from the WA Department of Commerce.

Free Trade Agreements and Trade Promotion Authority

With the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership free trade agreements (FTA) currently being negotiated, the importance of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is once again being highlighted. The US Chamber of Commerce provides great resources to learn more about what TPA actually does and the benefits of FTA. Contact GSI’s Business Development & International Trade Manager, Drew Repp, to learn how your business might take advantage of these trade benefits.  

Trade Mission to Korea and Japan

Governor Inslee recently announced that he will lead a trade mission to Korea and Japan. Planning is underway with a tentative departure date of August 28; returning September 5. If your company is interested in participating, please contact Drew Repp to receive updates on the trade mission planning and agenda.

DC Fly-in to Include India Panel

On Wednesday April 15, international trade takes center stage on GSI’s annual DC fly-in with a panel discussion hosted by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). The panel, which will explore how to successfully conduct business and trade in India, will include: Dhruva Jaishankar – Transatlantic Fellow at The German Marshal Fund Kapil Sharma – Vice President of Government & Public Affairs, North America at Wipro LLC Dave Ryan – Executive Vice President & Americas Regional Head at Tata Communications Ridhika Batra – USA Head at FICCI (panel moderator) India’s sizable and rapidly growing domestic market, Continue reading

USDA Food & Foreign Agriculture Service Under Secretary Visits Spokane

On Wednesday, March 11, USDA Deputy Under Secretary Alexis Taylor visited Spokane. Following a tour of Spokane Seed, the Under Secretary hosted a roundtable on the importance of agricultural trade. The discussion focused on ensuring the US agriculture industry’s competitiveness in the international marketplace. The past five years have been the strongest in history for agricultural trade, with US agricultural exports totaling $675 billion since 2010. Strong agricultural exports contribute to a positive US trade balance, create jobs and boost economic growth. A Spokane Public Radio report on the Under Secretary’s visit can be heard here.

Upcoming International Trade Events

April 8: PNAA Breakfast Meeting Going Global: Insights into Expanding Your International Footprint This presentation explores the realities and practicalities of working across space and time, and shares one company’s experience of how it does and doesn’t work on a global level. It looks at the reasons why companies ‘go global’ and the five different models commonly used by companies moving to an international working model. April 22: US Commercial Service Webinar: Opportunities in the European Rotorcraft Industry This free webinar, from 12-1 pm Eastern, will provide US companies with an understanding of the European rotorcraft market and how to Continue reading