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A Conversation With New State Commerce Director Brian Bonlender on KIT’s Mike Bastinelli Show [AUDIO] image


Yakima’s Brian Bonlender was tapped this week by Governor Jay Inslee to be the state’s new Commerce Department director.

Bonlender served as Inslee’s chief-of-staff and legislative director, running the congressman’s office and acting as his primary advisor on economic issues. He worked on legislation and policy in a range of industries including agriculture, life sciences, information technology, aerospace, maritime and clean energy. Bonlender brings nearly 20 years of public and private experience to his new post, including as a regulatory compliance consultant for industries across the state and as an advisor to a clean tech startup. Most recently, Bonlender served as director of Inslee’s transition team.

Bonlender was a guest Thursday on KIT’s Mike Bastinelli show. He talked about his new position, and what expects in the future for Washington State.

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Visit the Washington State Department of Commerce webpage here.

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