Located at the Northwest corner of the United States and by the Pacific Ocean, Washington State is the No. 1 state in USA in terms of trade volume with China. It is interesting to investigate Washington State’s value proposition, understand what major industries that are trading with China, what types of investment it is attracting from China and what kinds of projects are being invested from China. In addition, what has created such kind of characteristics that Washington state possess today which helped to shape its position with China? Please listen to Allison Clark, the Managing Director of the Business Development unit at the Washington State Department of Commerce, share her insights about these questions.
About the Guest
Allison Clark is the Managing Director of the Business Development unit at the Washington State Department of Commerce, overseeing the business recruitment, retention, and expansion activities for the state. Before joining Commerce, Allison managed regional economic and workforce development programs at Highline Community College where she was also a part-time business faculty. She formerly managed export promotion and international trade programs in the King County Executive’s Office. She has also worked for a trade association focusing on rural electrification and renewable energy projects located throughout the developing world as well as inbound training programs for international energy officials and business counterparts. Allison is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, having served three years in Thailand. She holds a BA in political science and business administration and an MA in international relations, with concentrations in international economics and Southeast Asian studies.