Washington State Leaders Gather to Talk Trade Competitiveness, Jobs

International trade supports 40% of Washington state jobs. Image – Port of Tacoma, by POT.

Over 300 of Washington state’s business, government and community leaders gather Monday to learn about key issues in international trade policy and identify actions to support their priorities. International trade is the single largest driver of Washington state’s economy and is responsible for forty percent of all jobs in the state, according to recent data collected by the Washington Council on International Trade and the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle.

The Washington Trade Conference is the only trade policy-focused event in Washington state that looks at how stakeholders can retain and grow trade-related jobs. Speakers will address how the public and private sector can work together to address current issues in federal trade policy, how to help Washington ports compete in an increasingly tight market, and how to support increased import and export activity for Washington companies of all types and sizes.

Speakers include U.S International Trade Commissioner Meredith Broadbent,  Washington Congressional delegation, members, high-level representatives from key international trade organizations around the world, and representatives of local businesses who benefit from Washington’s international business strength.

We’ll be tweeting from the conference using the hashtag #watradeconf.