October 12, 2011

Today Will Forever Be Known As October 12, 2011!

And not only because that’s actually the date. Today is the date that – after years of delay and sometimes hopelessness – the free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama & Colombia passed the United States Congress! We’ll be referencing this day for years to come, because the passage of …

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October 4, 2011

WCIT’s Final Push on the FTAs

Since State of Trade’s launch just three months ago, we’ve been prioritizing one topic more than any other: the pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia. So, when the White House transmitted these agreements to Congress yesterday for their final consideration, you know that was a big …

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September 28, 2011

What I Learned in DC: It’s Time to Get Business More Engaged in Trade

I had a great trip to Washington, DC last week (which you know already if you followed the hashtag #WCITinDC along the way). And what you’ve all been wondering…the question that’s been keeping you up at night…is “What was Eric’s number one take away from his meetings with the Washington …

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August 26, 2011

What I Learned on My Eastern Washington Trip

Remember back in grade school when, as soon as you came back in September, your teacher would assign you to write a paper about “what I learned on my summer vacation?” Well, I just got back from a three day trip to Eastern Washington to talk international trade, and I …

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August 9, 2011

You Down with TPP? (Yeah, You Know Me!)

Every industry has its set of confusing and obscure acronyms. In the world of economic development, we often talk about STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math), which are the key to job creation in Washington’s economy (especially now). In baseball, we’ve got BABIP and VORP: “batting average for balls …

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July 8, 2011

WCIT Release on Congressional FTA Action

In general, I hate to use the blog as a mouthpiece for press releases and corporate communications (it really takes away from the trademark irreverent, conversational tone that State of Trade is so dedicated to), but I thought y’all might be interested in my official statement on yesterday’s progress. Here …

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