“Lead, follow, or get out of the way.” One of my favorite quotes, and entirely applicable after the great announcement last week that California Governor Jerry Brown is wisely re-opening a new trade and investment office in china.
California – the world’s 9th largest economy – has had no official presence in china, the globe’s second largest economy – since the Davis Administration moth-balled California’s trade and commerce offices in 2003.
The new office will provide California companies – especially small employers who lack the global resources – with business contacts throughout china.
Why is this important?
- First, it underscores that Governor Brown, and his new Office of Business and Economic Development are leading efforts to help California employers compete globally.
- Second, it follows in the footsteps of sophisticated actions by other states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, who are wisely helping their companies succeed, oversees.
- Finally, the Governor’s team shows wisdom to provide a resource in a country that can bewilder small employers, and then “get out of their way” once they have played a strategically helpful role.
California’s economy can only strengthen by this strategic and cost-effective investment in china. Governor Brown, thanks for your leadership.