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West coast wonders: B.C. & Washington cross border synergies and connections

Along with strong trade linkages, B.C. and Washington share many similarities. Both have strong connections to international markets and both are more aligned towards Asia than other provincial and state economies.  Both have substantial forest products sectors and expanding agricultural sectors.  Similar geography and climate mean both have abundant hydro electric resources.  Both regions have large urban centres where much of the state/provincial population resides.  In both cases, these cities have built up around international ports that serve as gateways connecting North America to overseas markets.  Both regions also have dynamic technology sectors and substantial biotech sectors.  Natural beauty and an abundance of outdoor recreation activities and options are assets that make both regions attractive tourism destinations.

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