State Relations

August 5, 2013

On the road: Southwest Washington study mission

Last week, yours truly joined the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Puget Sound Regional Council for a study mission to Southwest Washington.

The study mission started bright and early on Thursday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and wrapped up Friday afternoon at the Port of Vancouver. Along the way, the delegation of business and government leaders gained insights into the breadth and depth of the regional economy. The delegation was also joined by a number of state legislators, representing the Puget Sound area, and Southwest Washington.

From workforce needs at Weyerhauser’s Longview production facility, to innovations in composite materials at Christensen Shipyards, to the economic development strategies employed at the region’s ports, the agenda was jam-packed with information and a chance to build relationships with leaders in the local communities we visited.

For a snapshot of the agenda, read The Columbian’s write up on a panel of high-tech leaders we heard from on Friday morning in Vancouver.

Below the jump are some photos and additional highlights.