2017 WA Trade Conference Recap

It’s a unique time for trade policy, so WCIT was excited to host 2017’s Washington Trade Conference to discuss all the nitty-gritty details. We were proud to welcome over 250 from the local business community to mingle, learn, strategize, and problem solve. With a featured speaker list of congressional representatives, CEOs, and business experts, we hope you were as inspired as we were and enjoyed getting the access to the latest insights and analysis on trade issues going forward.

Quick Highlights

“Global engagement isn’t only about large corporations. It’s about our small businesses that employ local people.”

-Mayor Marilyn Strickland

“When you talk about re-negotiating or tweaking #NAFTA for better standards…we already did it with #TPP.”

-Bill Bryant

“We cannot afford to waste any time as we create opportunities for local producers and exporters to gain access to new markets.” 

-Representative Dan Newhouse

“We’re insecure if our relations with other countries don’t include strong trade”

-Representative Denny Heck

Media Coverage

Seattle trade diplomats are open to renegotiating NAFTA with Trump – just not on Twitter – Puget Sound Business Journal

Future of trade discussed at gathering in Seattle –The Everett Herald

Be on the look out for our mentions in POLITICO Pro and Seattle Business Magazine!

Social Chatter

#TradeForward trended on Twitter – thanks for participating!


A huge thanks to our sponsors for helping to create such a special day!

Boeing, The Northwest Seaport Alliance, Port of Seattle, BNSF, Port of Vancouver USA, Highline College, Microsoft, UPS, K&L Gates, Perkins Coie, and Monument Policy Group.

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