Oregon trade mission spotlights green issues
By Andy Giegerich
Digital Managing Editor
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber will get sustainability tips from the Dutch, among other information, during the ongoing eight-day trade mission to Europe.
A team of Oregon boosters is making sustainability one of their messages during the ongoing business development mission to the Netherlands and Germany.
The Gov. John Kitzhaber-led unit is hitting the countries as part of an eight-day drive to promote Oregon products and lure spending from Dutch and German companies.
At the same time, the group includes Perkins Coie LLP partner Tom Lindley, who chairs the firm’s environmental, energy and resources practice group.
Lindley said Monday the team will swap secrets with Dutch innovators who are known for their pro-environment advances.
“Our cultures are somewhat similar in the sense that we have a deep interest in sustainability,” Lindley said. “When we get to Germany, we’ll be discussing energy regulations and energy programs.
“The primary focus is business development for Oregon, but there will be a lot of talk about how we do business” on the sustainability front.
The delegation includes Port of Portland officials and Schnitzer Steel Industries Co. Chairman John Carter.
Kitzhaber launched the visit Sunday by marking the five-year anniversary of nonstop airline service between Portland and Amsterdam. Kitzhaber appeared at an event marking the anniversary with representatives from Delta Air Lines, KLM and Air France.
Oregon companies exported $433.2 million worth of Oregon products to Germany in 2012, making it the state’s ninth-largest trading partner.
The travelers will tour Nike Inc.’s Logistics Center in Amsterdam on Tuesday. On Thursday, group members will meet with Daimler Global VP of External Affairs Martin Jaeger.
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