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Trade delegation heading to Germany March 2011
By Sandra McDonough
Very shortly, I will be heading overseas to Germany with a group of business and government representatives from Portland. We have a busy seven days in Germany, visiting companies that already do business in Oregon and meeting with companies with which we’d like to build connections.

The Alliance’s International Trade Study showed how much our region depends on international trade, and that Germany is Oregon’s ninth largest trading partner. So I’m really looking forward to the opportunities this trade mission will present for the Portland region!

We’ll start the trip off with an embassy briefing on Germany’s economy, which is the world’s fourth largest economy. Then we’ll travel to cities including Dresden, Nuremburg and Stuttgart, where we’ll visit Siltronic, SolarWorld, Adidas, Daimler and other companies learn about the Oregon-German trade connection. We’ll also meet with economic development officials from Bavaria in Munich to strengthen recruitment efforts and partnerships.

We have a great group on this trip from:
  • Bank of America
  • Business Oregon
  • Century 3
  • City of Portland
  • Greenlight Greater Portland
  • Metro
  • Pacific NW International Trade Association
  • Port of Portland
  • Portland General Electric
  • Portland State University
  • Portland Development Commission
Stay tuned to this blog and I’ll post photos and keep you updated on the trade mission’s progress!
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