SEATTLE, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Move Forward Washington, a new coalition of Washington businesses and economic development organizations, has formed to support and expand the jobs and prosperity created by international commerce in Washington state. Move Forward Washington is a non-partisan organization that brings together diverse interests to promote economic growth in Washington state by increasing the amount of business Washington companies conduct in the global market.
"International trade is critical to jobs and innovation in Washington, which is why the Washington Council on International Trade is proud to partner with Move Forward Washington in providing information and advocacy for policies that expand international competitiveness for our state," said Eric Schinfeld, WCIT President and Move Forward Washington coalition partner.
Move Forward Washington members include manufacturers, import-export service providers, law firms, trade associations and economic development organizations. Founding members include: Washington State Farm Bureau; Washington State Wine Commission; William T. Robinson PLLC; MKL Enterprises; AmAsia3; Avantage Worldwide; International Trade Alliance; Lampson International; Desh-Elliot International Law; Livingston International; Meri Global Manufacturing; Simburg, Ketter, Sheppard & Purdy, LLP; Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview, LLC; Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle; Washington Council on International Trade.
Coalition partners will advocate for policies that support international trade through media outreach and events. Move Forward Washington sponsored its first event, the Trade Alliance of Greater Seattle's Annual Dinner, on June 21st.
Washington is one of the most trade-dependent states in that nation, with more than a third of all jobs directly tied to international commerce. In 2011, Washington exported more than $64.6 billion of goods. Move Forward Washington will communicate on key issues affecting trade, including freight mobility, intellectual property protection and expanding markets for U.S. services and products.
For more information, visit www.moveforwardwashington.org.
SOURCE Move Forward Washington