WCIT hosts successful summer trade luncheon

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Members of the WCIT staff pose in front of the organization’s newly unveiled logo, along with Claire Reade, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs (top row, 2nd from the left) 

Photo Credit: Seattle Metro Chamber

TDA’s dear friends over at WCIT hosted their annual Summer Luncheon last Thursday which was a big success. The sold-out event was held at the Washington Athletic Club and featured a keynote speech from Ms. Claire Reade, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs. Ms. Reade provided her insights on current U.S.-China trade policy developments and discussed ways Washington employers can become more engaged in advocacy for increased competitiveness in trade with China.

The luncheon was also the opportunity for WCIT to publicly unveil its new logo, which you can see in the photo above.


TDA & Seattle Chamber Host Vietnam Post-Trip Reunion

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Delegates of the 2014 International Leadership Mission to Vietnam stand onstage with members of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry during an MOU signing

Last Tuesday, the Trade Development Alliance and the Seattle Chamber co-hosted the 2014 International Leadership Mission to Vietnam delegation for a post-trip reunion. Held at the Seattle Chamber offices, the reunion was an opportunity for delegates to reconnect and share their experiences from the trip now that they have had time to reflect. The reunion also was a chance to discuss follow-ups from the trip and discuss ways to stay in touch with the individuals and organizations the group met with.


Ray Conner Speaks at Trade Alliance Annual Dinner

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Ray Conner, President & CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, speaks to the audience at the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle’s Annual Dinner at the Bell Harbor Conference Center

Photo Credit: Steve Schneider Photography

Last Wednesday the Trade Alliance was honored to welcome Mr. Ray Conner, President & CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, to its Annual Dinner. Mr. Conner spoke about Boeing’s commitment to the region, the company’s international outlook, and its fierce global competition. The Annual Dinner, which brought together over 300 people from throughout the region and state, also featured 29 Ambassadors from all over the world. A Bing Lightning Round competition between the tables and an international forecasting panel were other programming highlights from the evening.


Trade Alliance Co-hosts a Successful Export Controls Seminar

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Attendees listen to the seminar speakers from the Bureau of Industry & Security, at the Crown Plaza hotel in Seatac.

The Trade Alliance co-organized and hosted an intensive 2-day seminar on Export Controls in partnership with the Bureau of Industry & Security. There were 123 attendees that came from all over the state, US, and the world to attend the seminar – which was held at the Crown Plaza hotel by the Seattle-Tacoma Airport.

Trade Alliance staff managed local logistics and event registration.



Cambodia Ambassador Coming to Town

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Photo: Ambassador William (Bill) E. Todd 

The Trade Alliance is excited to welcome the U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia, The Honorable William E. Todd, to Greater Seattle in mid June.


Trade Alliance organizes program on Iran

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Recent movements in the US-Iran relationship and Iranian society with David Woodward, CEO Associates in Cultural Exchange, Dr. Nader Nademi, faculty at Cascadia Community College and Dr. Haideh Salehi-Esfahani, University of Washington.


Chinese Investment Delegation Meets With Greater Seattle

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Steven Shen, Chairman of the China-US Business Summit speaks to the audience at the  law offices of Davis Wright Tremaine 

The Trade Development Alliance and the Washington State China Relations Council (WSCRC) welcomed an investment delegation from China last Friday and organized a program for the group to learn about investment and business opportunities in Greater Seattle. Representatives from Snohomish, Pierce, King, and Kitsap counties were on hand to meet with the 60+ person delegation and give information on their respective counties.


Join our International Hot Topic Series on Iran

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

View of Northern Tehran
Source: Flickr, User: Ninara

News in Islamic finance and Iran:

  1. 1st Iranian stock brokerage center in London opened last week, and
  1. UK Treasury plans to create a £200m Islamic bond by early next year

These topics and more will make for an interesting program on May 14th @ TDA.

For more info and to register, click here


Trade Alliance Participates at Successful Global Cities Initiative Forum

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The Mayors of Everett, Seattle, and Tacoma show their support at the Global Cities Initiative forum held at the University of Washington’s HUB

Last Thursday, the Trade Alliance was proud to join a coalition of business and government leaders to announce that the Central Puget Sound region has been selected to join the Global Cities Initiative’s new metro foreign direct investment pilot program.

The program, a joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase, will create and implement plans to attract foreign direct investment to our region. “The Trade Alliance is excited to partner with other local economic development organizations and the Global Cities Initiative to create and implement a foreign direct investment strategy that will make us as successful in attracting productive foreign investment as we are at exporting,” said Sam Kaplan, president of the Trade Development Alliance.

The announcement was made at the University of Washington’s Husky Union Building by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who was joined by Mayor Marilyn Strickland of Tacoma and Mayor Ray Stephanson of Everett.


Delegation from Guangdong Province visits Benaroya Research Institute and Virginia Mason

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Back row, left to right: Ning Zhang, Director of Director of International Exchanges and Cooperation, Southern Medical University; Wenyuan Li, President of Nanfang Hospital; Yanhong Yu, President of Southern Medical University; Caifang Su, Deputy Director General of Guangdong Foreign Affairs Office; and Yali Wu, Section Chief of Guangdong Foreign Affairs Office. Front row, left to right: Richard Kozarek, MD; Michael Glenn, MD; and Homer Lane.

Benaroya Research Institute and Virginia Mason hosted a distinguished delegation from Guangdong Province on April 1st. The delegation was visiting following Governor Jay Inslee’s first visit to China last November, when he signed a MOU between Washington State and Guangdong Province. The agreement focuses on creating exchanges and cooperation in a variety of fields ranging from agriculture to clean energy.

President Yanhong Yu of Southern Medical University (3,600 medical students), President Wenyuan Li, MD, PhD, of Nanfang Hospital (2,225 beds; 10,000 outpatient visits/day), and directors from the Guangdong Foreign Affairs Office met with Benaroya and Virginia Mason executives to discuss possible areas of cooperation.

By 2020, China’s healthcare financing is set to triple, reaching $1 trillion annually. With government support, half of all Chinese hospitals are aggressively replacing their outdated medical equipment with high quality imports, and in 2013, Seattle start-up Kona Medical received a $10 million investment from Chinese venture capital firm Morningside Ventures. Guangdong is the richest province in China, and ranks as the 7th largest trading partner of the U.S., behind the UK and before South Korea. Guangdong is also home to Tencent, China’s largest and most popular Internet service portal, and BGI, one of the world’s leading genome sequencing centers.