San Sebastian, the Basque Country

San Sebastian, in the Basque Country

Gov. Brad Little and First Lady Teresa Little will join state agriculture and commerce officials leaving Saturday on a “diplomatic mission” to the Basque Country, Amsterdam and Ireland. The week-long trip is somewhat similar to trade missions past governors have gone on, but unlike those, this one won’t include private Idaho companies tagging along with the governor at their own expense. It also includes work on “the long-standing friendship and cultural connections between Idaho and the Basque Country,” along with promotion of trade, tourism, and business investments in Idaho.

“Trade/export is not the focus of the mission,” said Marissa Morrison, Little’s press secretary. “Rather, the purpose of the mission is to build stronger diplomatic ties to the specified regions and countries.”

The trip will cost about $40,000, with the cost being split between the budgets of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture and the Idaho Department of Commerce.

“We expect future business opportunities and partnerships resulting from the trip to bring added economic benefits to the state,” Morrison said. You can read my full story here at (subscription required), or pick up Thursday's edition of the Idaho Press.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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