Come celebrate the Trade Alliance’s 20th anniversary with food, wine and a peek into our international future. Featuring executives from some of our world class companies, including Boeing and Microsoft. Read: Press Release
No region’s economy in the United States is more connected internationally than Greater Seattle’s. We are the largest exporter per capita in the country. The Ports of Puget Sound are responsible directly and indirectly for more than 100,000 jobs. International students contribute more than $300 million into our economy each year. More than half a million international tourists come to our state every year. And, our large companies are certainly tied internationally with more than 70 percent of Boeing’s sales overseas, more than 60 percent of Microsoft’s and Starbucks having 16,000 locations around the globe.
We will celebrate our international success, and the Trade Alliance’s role in it, as well as have an open discussion with leaders of our region’s world class companies, including Boeing and Microsoft. We’ll find out how these companies view the changing world and their, and our, place in it. We will moderate a discussion with these leaders on how they see their companies’ and our region’s international markets evolving. How can we make our region more competitive in the international economy? What are some of the opportunities and challenges we face? These questions and more will be answered on June 2.
In addition, we’ll be honoring retiring Bill Stafford who launched and carried the Trade Alliance to 20 years of success. Deeply engaged in developing our region’s economy, Bill Stafford previously worked with the City of Seattle in a number of positions, including Deputy Mayor to Charles Royer and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s District Export Council and the Advisory Board of the University of Washington’s Center for International education and Research. He also chairs the Seattle Sister City Coordinating Council, and serves on several boards including MOHAI, Port Jobs, the Economic Development District, the Burke Museum, Future of Flight, Global Washington, and the U.W.’s CIBER program.
Check the Trade Alliance’s website, Facebook page and Twitter feed in coming weeks for additional information about the gala as well as upcoming events commemorating the 20th year anniversary of the founding of your Trade Alliance.
The registration fee for this event is $125.00 for members of the Trade Alliance and $150.00 for non-members. If you are interested in table sponsorships, please contact “A” Boungjaktha at 206-389-7289 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register please visit the Seattle Trade Alliance website.