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EDC Presents to Chinese Delegation

Posted on Jun 25, 2012

The Grant County EDC highlighted the benefits of doing business in Grant County to a delegation of Chinese business owners visiting the state.

Jonathan Smith, executive director for the EDC shared the economic history of Grant County with the delegation starting with the construction of the dams and the Columbia Basin Irrigation project.

Smith explained that when water was first brought to the County in the 1950’s that agriculture production exploded. This was followed by food processing development, and then by manufacturing development and finally information technology development.

“Everything in our county can be traced back to agriculture,” said Smith.

Smith also talked about the foreign trade zone, the international airport, the availability of large tracts of industrial zoned land, the high speed fiber optic network, and the reliable and affordable hydro-power. These characteristics have made Grant County one of the most competitive places in the world to do business.

The Chinese delegation was hosted through a relationship between Renmin University in Bejing and City University of Seattle. James Palmer, Economic Development Manager for the Washington State Department of Commerce presented to the delegation about the benefits of doing business in Washington State.

The Grant County EDC highlighted the benefits of doing business in Grant County to a delegation of Chinese business owners visiting the state.