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Washington state and British Columbia recommit to strengthening regional partnership, building sustainable future

October 10, 2018

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Gov. Jay Inslee and B.C. Premier John Horgan met today for a bilateral meeting and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to act jointly to grow the region’s innovation economy, protect the environment and combat climate change, promote trade, and improve transportation connectivity.

“B.C. and Washington state share so much more than just a border,” Inslee said. “Our people and our businesses recognize the benefits of collaboration and partnership, and we recognize that investing in our workers and protecting our environment goes hand-in-hand with building a strong economy. We’re already seeing results from our partnership and I look forward to continuing to make our region a global hub of innovation and connectivity.”

The new MOU details numerous areas of collaboration including protecting the endangered southern resident killer whales and examining the possibility of a new multi-jurisdictional Ultra High Speed Rail Corridor authority that could help lead the project in any agreed-upon subsequent phases.

“Gov. Inslee and I are working together to tackle challenges, and seize the opportunities and potential in our region,” said Horgan. “Today’s memorandum builds on work already underway to deliver strong, sustainable economic development, create good jobs, and build a better future for people on both sides of the border.”

Read the full story on the governor's Medium page. 

Media Contact 

Jaime Smith 
Governor Inslee’s Communications Office
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