EDASC co-sponsors Korean business mission
Thursday, February 28, 2019
SEOUL, South Korea – In partnership with the Washington State Department of Agriculture, EDASC co-sponsored a mission to Korea recently promoting agricultural exports of local products.
EDASC was represented by former EDASC Director of Business Development and Global Competitiveness Sean Connell. Connell had been developing this mission for two years, so it was fitting he represented EDASC despite recently being named Vice President of Government Relations for LAVLE in Anacortes.
The goals of the mission were to introduce Skagit County’s value-added agriculture, facilitate introductions with potential buyers, facilitate learning opportunities and learn about Korea’s innovative practices.
Connell was joined locally by Port of Skagit Commissioner Steve Omdal and Sakuma Brothers Vice President of Sales and Marketing Bryan Sakuma. Six other Washington businesses and organizations participated in the mission, which took place from Feb. 17 to Feb. 22 in Seoul at the Westin Chosun hotel.
The mission included business-to-business meetings, meetings with importers, off-site tours of various markets and businesses, and more. It was highly productive for Connell’s Skagit County counterparts, with Sakuma conducting several buyer meetings with Omdal joining many of those meetings.
It was the first time the WSDA has partnered with a county-level economic development organization for a mission of this nature, Connell said.
EDASC CEO John Sternlicht said he is looking forward to seeing what the mission produces in the future.
“A positive outcome would be that the mission generates new exports by Skagit County businesses into Korea or Korean investment coming into Skagit County,” he said. “That would represent a significant success.”