Trade oppotunities with Turkey touted
By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - When business people in the 13 Appalachian states want to expand into international markets, it's time to talk Turkey.
That was the sentiment of government and private leaders who met at the National Conservation Training Center Friday to talk trade as part of the year-old Appalachian-Turkish Trade Project.
The idea came from U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., who saw trade opportunities between the region and Europe's second largest economy. The conference of about 220 people marked an opportunity for government leaders to encourage business deals and for business people to meet face to face to make them happen.
Many business people were present, including about 25 who flew from Turkey.
West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise touted Turkey as a strong and strategic military and diplomatic ally which should be developed as a strong economic ally.