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June 10, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Inslee to visit England, Finland on trade mission

Gov. Jay Inslee will lead a state trade delegation to England and Finland next month.

On July 13, Inslee will attend the Farnborough International Air Show, leading a group of business, economic development and government leaders, including Department of Commerce Director Brian Bonlender.

In a news release, Inslee called the air show “an opportunity to showcase the tremendous products, services and investment opportunities Washington businesses provide on a global scale.”

Inslee will open a Washington state exhibit at the air show and meet with aerospace executives to encourage them to expand or locate new facilities in Washington, the governor’s office said.

After England, Inslee will travel to Helsinki, Finland, where he’ll meet with government leaders and visit Nokia, the mobile phone company recently acquired by Microsoft for $7.2 billion.

Inslee also plans to tour Neste Oil’s renewable diesel refinery and meet with companies interested in investing in Washington. He plans to return to Washington July 20.

Inslee’s travel costs will be paid for by a trade organization, while Bonlender’s will be covered by the state Department of Commerce, said Inslee spokeswoman Jaime Smith.

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