All out-of-state travel now has to be approved not only by each agency director, but also by Gov. Chris Gregoire‘s budget director, Victor Moore.
Moore recently gave the OK for the state Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development to spend $7,100 to send Bill King to the 2009 International Paris Air Show, which will be held June 11-22.
King is CTED’s business development manager for aerospace.
Paris is where The Boeing Co. often annouces which airline companies have ordered Boeing jetliners, and how many, for their fleets.
UPDATE (1:51 p.m.) A reader pointed out an article in the Puget Sound Business Journal that says Gov. Gregoire won’t be going to the Airshow or to China.
But mainly the airshow gives the little guys in the aerospace industry a chance to mingle with the big boys on an international stage.
King said the state’s presence is twice its usual size — 11 companies instead of 5. He said Washington has had a presence at the Paris Air Show since the 1990s.
Not everyone’s travel is so glamorous.
Bill Ford over at the state Department of Transportation got permission to spend $200 to send one of his workers last week to Chemeketa Community College, Eola Northwest Viticulture Center in West Salem, Ore. to attend the Oregon DOT’s 2009 Bridge Design Conference. Something about building new bridges across the Columbia River.
I’ll bet that was a real hoot.