Ports of Seattle, Walla Walla to convene here on trade mission

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Port of Seattle commissioners will trek into Walla Walla Thursday for a joint meeting with the Port of Walla Walla.

The stop in Southeastern Washington is part of a three-day trade mission for the Western Washington Port and is designed to boost trade and build on Washington’s export economy, according to an announcement.

Port of Seattle commissioners, Chief Executive Officer Tay Yoshitani and other staff members, will lead discussions on the shifting patterns of global trade. The road trip started today and will continue into Walla Walla Thursday with a 2:30 p.m. joint meeting at the Port of Walla Walla Walla’s administrative office, 310 A St.

The hourlong meeting will be followed at 3:30 p.m. with a tourism forum at Dunham Cellars, 150 E. Boeing Ave. The purpose of that meeting will be to discuss “regional tourism promotion activities to capitalize on the Port of Seattle’s status as the gateway of statewide tourism, the homeport of the Alaska cruise industry and operator of Sea-Tac International Airport.”

After the roundtable discussion, a reception will take place at 5 p.m.

The joint meeting and a preceding tour of the Railex Wine Services facility during an open house and luncheon will also bump the time of the Port of Walla Walla’s regularly scheduled Thursday meeting to 9 a.m. at its administrative headquarters. The Railex event — a celebration of the completion of the facility — runs 1-4 p.m.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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