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Category Archives: International Trade

World Trade Day provides trade education, highlights global market opportunities

On May 5th more than 100 representatives from business, higher education, and various trade organizations gathered for the region’s first ever World Trade Day. Metro area exports accounted for 8.4% of Spokane’s GDP in 2014. And with more than 70% … Read more

DC Fly-in: Delegation Meets with Ambassador Sasae

As part of this year’s joint chamber fly-in, our delegation was honored to be hosted at the residence of Japan Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae.  The evening included remarks from the Ambassador on the longstanding relationship between the Spokane region and Japan, … Read more

Economic Development focus: International Trade

The International Economic Development Council tells us there isn’t a single definition for economic development. Instead, it’s commonly described as the achievement of goals that entail job creation, job retention, tax base enhancements and improved quality of life. At Greater … Read more

Japan Consul General visits GSI

On March 7th,  GSI was pleased to welcome Consul General Masahiro Omura from the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle. GSI CEO Todd Mielke and Mr. Omura discussed the economic ties between Japan and our region, as well as the state … Read more

Inland NW World Trade Day: May 5

Greater Spokane Incorporated, in partnership with the US Commercial Service, is excited to host Inland NW World Trade Day on May 5. This full-day event is dedicated to international trade education and connecting businesses to export opportunities. Programming will be … Read more

GSI Supports Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement

A Letter to Our Members: As part of Greater Spokane Incorporated’s work to grow our economy and increase trade opportunities for our local business community, GSI has taken the position to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP). The TPP stands … Read more

Freight Mobility in the Inland NW

On February 18 Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) and the Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT) hosted Keep Trade Moving, a program focused on the importance of freight mobility in the Inland Northwest. The morning included keynote presentations from Ashley Probart, … Read more

Why Trade Matters: Free Trade Agreements

Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) have a major impact on the way the world trades, and the way our state trades. The Trans Pacific Partnership was negotiated over multiple years and member countries met today to sign the historic agreement (the … Read more

Kudos to Staff!

Our staff works every day to create something greater – to make a vibrant Spokane region where businesses and communities thrive. Here, we celebrate two of them. Drew Repp, International Trade & Economic Development Manager, recently joined the Spokane Sister … Read more

GSI now offers Certificates of Origin to local exporters

Did you know that in 2014 the Spokane metro area had a total of 14,514 export supported jobs? Small-to-medium enterprises account for 24% of Washington’s total merchandise exports and in 2013 almost 13,000 companies exported from Washington. In other words, … Read more