Just like the last trade mission – this one has been rain-soaked! We bring Washington with us wherever we go! (Although I’m hearing it’s been sunny and warm back home – don’t tell any of the delegates that! I need them to stay focused!) And like every trade mission – this trip’s schedule has been equally jam-packed. Thought I’d share a few pictures from Ireland.
The first is a picture of me with Senator Katherine Zappone – what an impressive woman! I shouldn’t be surprised though – she was raised in Washington! Born in Spokane – went to elementary and high school in Seattle. After attending college in Ireland – she stayed, and was recently appointed Senator. She’s now a tireless advocate for equal rights. You’ll also find a picture of me with the Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny. The group shot is following a successful meeting with executives at Bombardier – our delegates made a fantastic impression! I’m confident that business meeting will lead to new growth and expansion in Washington state. The last shot is from our tour at OpenHydro. Wow – that was amazing. This is the company selected by the Snohomish Co. PUD to build and install 2 marine turbines at a tidal energy pilot plant in Admiralty Inlet, west of Whidbey Island. Talk about Washington state leading the future!