WCIT 2014 Year in Review

Often as we grow (professionally, athletically, physically) we don’t realize how far we’ve come until we look at our milestones and compare them to our starting point. Similarly, I didn’t realize how far WCIT had come until I put together our 2014 Year in Review last week. I did a double take when looking at our list of accomplishments – we had a record-breaking year of achievements indeed!  We were quoted, mentioned in or interviewed for a whopping 43 news stories, placed 10 op-eds in newspapers across Washington state, held 10 trade policy events, and have an impressive list of 105 members, just to name a few of our accomplishments!

When I compare this to our 2013 Year in Review (which we thought was pretty full of achievements at the time), it’s obvious WCIT’s impact, reach and reputation has been growing by leaps and bounds over the past year! We’d like to offer sincere thanks to all the folks that helped us reach so many goals this year – our fantastic members, WCIT Advisory Board members, and our partner organizations.

Here’s our full 2014 Year in Review (you can download the PDF version here):

Numbers at a Glance (as of December 15):

  • 1572 Twitter followers
  • 105 members
  • Quoted or mentioned in 37 news articles:
    • Puget Sound Business Journal 10 times
    • Seattle Times 6 times
    • Capital Press 3 times
    • Bellingham Herald, Tri-City Herald, Tacoma News Tribune and McClatchy DC twice
    • Once in Context China, Global Trade Magazine, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce blog, Ballard News Tribune, Progressive Railroading, Everett Herald, Spokesman Review, Yakima Herald and Journal of Commerce
    • Added 17 new members
  • 13 blog posts
  • 10 trade policy events
  • 10 op-eds: Spokesman Review twice and once each in the Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune , Bellingham Herald, Crosscut, Walla Walla Union Bulletin, The Columbian, Puget Sound Business Journal and Everett Herald
  • Wrote and gathered signatures for 7 advocacy letters
  • Signed 7 advocacy letters written by other organizations
  • Interviewed for 7 radio or TV stories: KUOW and CCTV twice and once on KIRO, KOMO and KPLU
  • Testified to State Legislature committees twice


            Op-eds or Columns Placed:

            WCIT Quoted in Articles:

            WCIT Referenced in Articles:

            WCIT Interviewed for Radio or TV Stories:

Other Communication Achievements:



  • Co-hosted the annual Trends in Ocean Shipping Forum with Foster Pepper (February 26)
  • Held a member roundtable discussion on the TPP with U.S. Representative Adam Smith (March 18)
  • Co-organized a dinner with the Indian Ambassador to the U.S., Dr. S. Jaishankar (May 5)
  • Led the annual WCIT D.C. Fly-In (May 20 – 22)
  • Hosted a member roundtable with U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (April 22)
  • Co-organized a breakfast roundtable with Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler (July 11)
  • Held the WCIT Summer Luncheon featuring Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs Claire Reade (July 17)
  • Hosted a luncheon with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman (August 12)
  • Hosted the 2014 Washington Trade Conference (November 10)
  • Co-sponsored a Trade +Aid panel discussion with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies Master in Applied International Studies program and the Washington Global Health Alliance (November 20)


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