This corner of the Gorge may see more interest in foreign trade, thanks to a meeting convened Friday at Maryhill Museum. The City of Goldendale and the Goldendale Chamber of Commerce hosted the event for local government and trade officials to meet with foreign consuls from four nations. The city and Chamber were both were taking advantage of city council member Miland Waiing’s many contacts in government. Touring the proposed pump-storage site to the east prior to the meeting at Maryhill, consuls from Poland, Germany, South Korea and Ethiopia told local officials they were impressed with the plan and intrigued by some of the opportunities for increased trade with Eastern Washington.
German consul Ulrich Fischer said one specific idea had already occurred to him. Seeing the many vineyards and wineries in Klickitat County, he suggested that he could help set up an exchange program for those studying viticulture at Washington State University
Fischer explained that his son recently graduated from WSU after the line drew a big laugh from the crowd.
About 33 people attended including Mayor Mike Canon, members of the Goldendale and Mt. Adams Chambers of Commerce, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District and staffers for Senator Maria Cantwell and Governor Jay Inslee, Both Goldendale Chamber Executive Director Dana Peck and Mayor Canon said they were pleased with the turnout and the reception given to their guests