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EDUCATION IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE
2006 BI-STATE METROPOLITAN FORUM


Washington Governor Christine Gregoire and Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski share a light moment at the 2006 Bi-State Metropolitan Forum.

Washington Governor Christine Gregoire and Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski share a light moment at the 2006 Bi-State Metropolitan Forum.
   

The Columbia River divides us, but it can also be a bridge for us.

That was one of the themes of the 2006 Bi-State Metropolitan Forum, held at Portland State University on March 16.

   
Portland Mayor Tom Potter (left) and Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard share the stage.  Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard focuses on regional transportation needs.
Above left:  Portland Mayor Tom Potter (left) and Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard share the stage.  Above right:  Mayor Pollard focuses on regional transportation needs.
   
Cooperation and collaboration were key words as Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard and Portland Mayor Tom Potter talked about challenges and opportunities for the future -- especially in the areas of transportation and economic development.
   
Washington Governor Chris Gregoire Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski
   

Washington Governor Christine Gregoire (above left) echoed those themes but added the importance of high quality education in attracting and keeping businesses.  Gregoire noted that, for Washington schools, the competition isn't with other states but, rather, with top schools in India, China, Ireland and other global competitors.  She emphasized the importance of creating a world-class educational system in order to stay competitive. 

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski (above right) also focused on education, with special emphasis on trades and skills needed for the next generation of workers.

   

Washington State University Chancellor Hal Dengerink, Oregon University System Chancellor George Pernsteiner and Clark College President R. Wayne Branch demonstrate their partnership during the 2006 Bi-State Metropolitan Forum.

Left to right:  Washington State University Chancellor Hal Dengerink, Oregon University  System Chancellor George Pernsteiner and Clark College President R. Wayne Branch demonstrate their partnership during the 2006 Bi-State Metropolitan Forum.

  
Dr. R. Wayne Branch, Clark College President, led a panel discussion on higher education featuring Dr. Hal Dengerink, Chancellor of Washington State University Vancouver, and George Pernsteiner, Chancellor of the Oregon University System.  The three education leaders spoke about the importance of enhancing partnerships to benefit students throughout the region.

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