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Pacific NorthWest Economic Region partners with Games, sets border symposium

The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region, a U.S.-Canadian regional forum that includes Idaho and held its 2009 summit in Boise last summer, recently announced that it is the first bi-national community contributor to the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
PNWER’s interest in building stronger North American relationships “makes it a great organization to collaborate with in order to inspire future partnerships,” Taleeb Noormohamed, the Vancouver Organizing Committee’s vice president of national and international partnerships, said in a release from PNWER. In exchange for its support, PNWER will receive benefits that create business networking opportunities and the ability to purchase tickets.
PNWER and partners have been working with Canadian and U.S. officials to promote improvements to crossing the border, including development of additional passenger train service between Vancouver, Seattle and Portland, the organization said. It also played a role in developing an enhanced driver’s license that many Olympic Winter Games visitors likely will use in crossing the border. PNWER said it will look at lessons learned throughout the Games to identify additional priorities for the future.
“The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are an unprecedented opportunity to create growth and opportunity throughout the entire Pacific Northwest,” British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell said in the PNWER release. “PNWER has been a strong partner since the original bid, and their continued support is welcome as we count down to the start of the Games.”
Idaho’s efforts to support the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City as an economic and general goodwill opportunity helped PNWER in its plans to support the Vancouver games, PNWER Executive Director Matt Morrison told the Idaho Business Review.
In Vancouver, the Olympic Winter Games begin Feb. 12 and the Paralympic Winter Games begin March 12.
PNWER plans an invitation-only symposium, themed, “Developing 2020 Vision for the U.S.-Canada Border,” Feb. 22 in Vancouver, during the Olympic Winter Games. PNWER, in a flyer about the symposium, said it expects national and regional political and business leaders to attend the symposium, which aims to “create a stronger vision for the next 10 years of the U.S.-Canadian relationship, and how we manage the border.” Registrations are due Jan. 20. Information: (206) 443-7723.

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