Gov. Jay Inslee’s nine-day trade mission to Korea and Japan includes three Southwest Washington representatives who are attending portions of the visit as part of a 70-plus member delegation of Washington business and government officials.
Bob Knight, president of Clark College, and Royce Pollard, a former Vancouver mayor who is a trustee at the two-year college, are part of a delegation that is visiting Asia on the trade mission. Bill Chapman, CEO of Millennium Bulk Terminal in Longview, also is part of the Washington delegation.
The focus of the trade mission, launched on Aug. 28, is to promote Washington’s agriculture, aerospace, advanced manufacturing and technology sectors, the governor’s office said. A “Friendship Delegation” is also scheduled to visit Washington’s sister state of Hyogo in Japan.
Derek Sandison, director of the state Department of Agriculture, and Brian Bonlender, Commerce Department director, are with the governor on the trade mission.
Knight and Pollard joined the delegation this week in order to participate in meetings with Chihiro Kanagawa, CEO of the Japanese parent corporate of Vancouver-based SEH America, a longtime partner of the college, said Chato Hazelbaker, the college’s chief information officer. Inslee was to participate in one meeting with Kanagawa, Hazelbaker said. “They very specifically are talking about STEM (science, technology, engineeriing, and math) education,” he said. Their travels are being financed by private donations, he said.