SEATTLE – Greater Seattle Partners and the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) have announced a new cooperation agreement to promote the economy throughout the Cascadia Innovation Corridor. Leaders from both economic development organizations formalized the agreement today at a signing ceremony. The Corridor runs from Vancouver, British Columbia to Portland, Oregon and includes all of western Washington.

The announcement represents the need to collaborate throughout the region to achieve the greatest impact. It establishes long-term cooperation between Vancouver, B.C. and the greater Seattle region to capitalize on mutually beneficial business prospects and partnerships.

“By formalizing our relationship with the Vancouver Economic Commission, we expand the opportunities to promote the greater Seattle region on the international stage,” said Brian P. McGowan, CEO of Greater Seattle Partners. “When leaders from both sides of the border work together we are better able to explore new strategies, maximize our selling points, and enhance our global reach.”

The Cascadia Economic Development Agreement outlines how the partners will collaborate for the benefit of businesses and residents within the region and enhance cooperation in the sustainable, innovative and creative economies.

“Joint economic development is critical to Cascadia,” said VEC CEO Catherine Warren. “By collaborating with Greater Seattle Partners on trade and investment, we strengthen a region known for innovation and progressive values while improving economic balance for companies, workers and residents—and we each gain strong allies in the battle for sustainable transformation and building prosperity for all.”

Read the agreement.


Greater Seattle Partners collaborates with community and economic development partners to ensure that every person in the Puget Sound region has the opportunity to prosper. We strive to attract quality family/living wage jobs and sustain jobs across all income levels in all parts of the region. Throughout the world we tell the story of our talent, pioneering spirit, unique communities, and quality of life.


The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) is building a prosperous, inclusive and resilient economy for Vancouver, its businesses and its residents. As the economic development agency for the City of Vancouver, we strengthen communities by supporting local companies, attracting high-impact investment and promoting international trade in the world’s fastest-growing, low-carbon economy. VEC works collaboratively to position Vancouver as a global destination for innovative, creative, diverse and sustainable development. We respectfully acknowledge that Vancouver Economic Commission is located on the unceded ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish Nations.

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