Skagit County Drawing New Focus from Chinese Businesses

Monday, August 07, 2017

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As Washington State’s economic ties with China continue to expand rapidly, Skagit County is increasingly receiving attention from Chinese businesses and local government counterparts.  Washington State is already the leading exporter to China among U.S. states, and is growing in importance as a location for Chinese businesses and investors looking to enter the U.S. market.  As this trade and investment continues to accelerate, Skagit County’s high-quality value-added agriculture, innovative manufacturing industries, strategic location between Seattle and Vancouver, and spectacular natural beauty are drawing more attention from the growing number of Chinese delegations visiting Washington State.   

Skagit County was highlighted at the inaugural China Provinces-Washington State Trade and Investment Forum held in Bellevue, Washington, on July 20.  This event, jointly organized by the Washington State Department of Commerce, Washington State China Relations Council, and Trade Development Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, brought together delegations from six Chinese provinces with business and local government officials from across Washington to discuss potential business and investment opportunities.  EDASC Director of Business Recruitment Sean Connell presented the audience on Skagit County’s leading economic sectors, and potential areas for business partnership.

Following this event, EDASC facilitated a visit to Skagit County by a delegation of government and business leaders from Liaoning Province and Jilin Province in northeast China.  Delegation members met with Sedro-Woolley Mayor Keith Wagoner, Port of Skagit Director of Business Development Scott Peterson, Skagit Valley College Director of International Programs Christa Schulz, and Dr. Man Wang of the Washington State Department of Commerce, to learn more about Skagit County and particularly its value-added agriculture industry, the Sedro-Woolley Innovation for Tomorrow (SWIFT) Center, educational opportunities for international students, and other opportunities to build business connections with Skagit County.  EDASC has already had follow up discussions with members of this delegation interested in potentially importing Skagit County products, and will pursue other activities building on this visit.  For more information, contact Sean Connell, EDASC Director of Business Recruitment, at

Category: Trade, Investment, Business Attraction, China, International, Value-Added Agriculture