Do state foreign trade missions work?

Posted Dec. 27, 2010, at 2:11 p.m.

Maine’s governors and top economic development officials periodically join with

business leaders to visit other countries in an effort to strengthen trade ties that benefit the

state. As governor, should Paul LePage continue this tradition? What part of the world

should be the focus for Maine exports? Independent gubernatorial candidate promised to

use his ties with China to develop markets for Maine products and services, and

Democrats assailed him for it. Do trade missions work?