Good morning. Thank you all for joining me here to celebrate 154 years of Oregon statehood.
As you know, the Oregon Legislature is just getting started on its 2013 session, and as I work with people across the state to preserve our state’s rich quality of life, I am inspired by Oregonians’ deep commitment to one another.
Time and time again throughout our history, Oregonians show they are able to gather around a common vision for our future – one with ample opportunity for every Oregonian in every community in the state. One in which we remain committed to future generations of Oregonians whose prosperity depends on the decisions we make now.
I am fortunate to see examples of that shared vision here in Oregon each and every day. Just a few months ago, I was honored to see how others around the world view us. Along with Katy Coba, I traveled with a trade delegation to Asia, where we visited some of the many enthusiastic markets for Oregon-grown and -made products, including markets for Oregon-grown wheat.
From grocery stores in Hong Kong selling Oregon cheeses and meats, to Japanese snack foods made from Eastern Oregon potatoes, to other countries tapping in to our expertise in green building and clean energy, Oregon has come a long way in 150 years.
That’s something to celebrate today and every day.
We’ve made a lot of progress together, especially over the past two years, by building on what unites us, and I am optimistic as ever about our future. Thank you for all you do for Oregon.