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This spring, Lower Columbia College is hosting a lecture series focused on Cowlitz County’s growing international trade economy. As part of the series, Eric Schinfeld, president of the Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT), visited Longview to discuss the challenges and opportunities in maintaining Washington’s international competitiveness.

Schinfeld’s presentation focused on the findings of a 2012 WCIT study on Washington’s international trade economy. Among the study’s key findings was the discovery that 40 percent of all Washington jobs depend on trade.

In his lecture to LCC, Schinfeld focused on the study’s recommendations for sustaining and expanding Washington’s trade economy. Key recommendations included:

  • Implementing a Washington state trade communications campaign
  • State-level advocacy for increased investments in international competitiveness
  • Continued growth of Washington’s federal trade policy advocacy capacity
  • Leveraging other strategies to increase port competitiveness
  • Creating a statewide international competitiveness coordinating committee and annual conference to engage key stakeholders
  • Increasing trade by Washington companies in key industries and with targeted, high-growth countries

Millennium is dedicated to growing Cowlitz County’s international trade economy. Our proposed export terminal will create hundreds of family-wage jobs and support continued growth at our local ports.

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