FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 1, 1996
Washington, Jalisco sign sister-state
OLYMPIA - Govs. Mike Lowry and
Alberto Cárdenas today signed a sister-state agreement
to promote trade, tourism and culture between Washington and Jalisco,
The agreement links two states of similar size and industry.
Jalisco has a population of 5.7 million, compared to Washington's
5.4 million people. Jalisco is known as Mexico's breadbasket,
being the largest agricultural and foodstuffs producer in the
nation, while Washington is known internationally for its farm
products. Both states are also hubs for high technology production.
Jalisco's capital is Guadalajara and its prime tourist destination
is Puerto Vallarta.
"Today we celebrate our similarity with the wonderful people
and culture of Jalisco," Lowry said. "This agreement
will move us forward in exchanges of trade, tourism, education,
sport and art, so that our two states can become models of international
Although Mexico is Washington's 25th largest trading partner,
state exports to that nation were down last year due to post-devaluation
of the Mexican economy. Gov. Cárdenas is visiting the
state on a three-day tour to promote increased trade between the
For more information, contact the Governor's Communications Office at 360-753-6790.