Team Washington Returns to GSMA Mobile World Congress

Department of Commerce organizes 16-company delegation to world’s premier mobile telecom trade show in Barcelona, Spain Washington State’s innovative mobile technology solutions are showing up in force to collaborate and compete on the world stage once again.  Team Washington is returning for a third consecutive year to the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 24 to 27, 2014 with 16 companies in a group pavilion.  This is the preeminent international trade

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Washington state sets exports record of $81.9 billion

Washington is nation’s fourth-largest exporting state Revised Feb. 19, 2014 The state of Washington set a new record for exports in 2013 with $81.9 billion in products sold to international customers, the U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced. Washington was one of 16 states that set new records, helping total U.S. exports reach $2.3 trillion, also a new high. The most recent year was particularly good for Washington – an 8.4 percent

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Commerce paves way for SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers to double production in Moses Lake

Plant expansion brings $100 million in private investment, adds advanced manufacturing jobs, and strengthens Washington state’s position as one of the world’s leading locations for cost-effective carbon fiber production OLYMPIA – SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, a joint venture with German luxury automaker BMW, will invest $100 million to add two new production lines at their Moses Lake plant in a project of statewide significance, Commerce Director Brian Bonlender announced today.

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Governor Inslee to join trade mission delegation in Shanghai

Governor Jay Inslee leaves this morning for Shanghai to join a delegation of more than 100 business and education leaders traveling in China. The trade mission is promoting opportunities to grow and expand markets for Washington products and services in agriculture, advanced manufacturing, information and communications technology, life sciences and clean tech, as well as education and cultural exchanges. Inslee will arrive in Shanghai for events promoting Washington pears and

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More than 100 education and business leaders arrive in China for Governor Inslee’s trade mission

One of the largest trade delegations in Washington history convened in Beijing today to begin a six-day trade mission intended to strengthen educational and business ties between Washington state and the world’s most rapidly growing economy. Gov. Jay Inslee, who delayed his departure due to a special session and efforts to secure the 777X project, said from Olympia that he’s impressed by both the depth and breadth of interests represented

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Commerce names three new Innovation Partnership Zones to foster economic growth

IPZs connect research, private sector, workforce partners to spur development in target clusters OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today designated three new Innovation Partnership Zones (IPZs) and reauthorized one other to help spur regional economic growth through key sectors such as manufacturing, global health and technology. “Washington is known worldwide for its innovation, research and development, and bold new ideas,” said Commerce Director Brian Bonlender. “The

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State board unanimously approves funding to increase aerospace competitiveness

Community Economic Revitalization Board awards $2 million loan to Snohomish County Airport OLYMPIA, WA – The state Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today announced approval of a $2 million loan for Snohomish County Airport to invest in Paine Field infrastructure. The County will use the funds, along with more than $2 million in local match, to prepare 42 acres of the Paine Field Aerospace Business Park for construction of an

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State board invests more than $2 million to grow local economies

Funds will support economic development in Clark, Whitman, and Yakima counties OLYMPIA, WA –The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today announced nearly $2.1 million in public investments targeting business growth and job creation across the state. “Tools like CERB help Washington businesses succeed, supporting jobs and increasing our state’s competitiveness,” said Brian Bonlender, director of the Washington State Department of Commerce. “CERB’s dedication to helping communities around Washington

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Washington state delegation at Paris Air Show celebrates MTorres move, joins Boeing to announce aerospace supplier summit return to Seattle

Congressman Rick Larsen (WA-2) and Washington state’s 51-person delegation at the 50th Anniversary International Paris Air Show today joined MTorres and Boeing in two announcements at the worldwide gathering of the aerospace industry held every two years in Le Bourget, near Paris, France. MTorres, a privately-owned Spanish supplier of highly sophisticated automated equipment to the aerospace and paper industries, today announced that Pacific Engineering, Inc. will open a new assembly

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Washington’s delegation ends another successful day at Air Show with Umbra Cuscinetti announcing move to larger facility in Everett

Delegation also applauds agreement between Dassault Systemes and Center of Excellence at Everett Community College Rep. Rick Larsen, tapped by Governor Jay Inslee to lead the Washington state delegation to the 50th International Paris Air Show, today joined Umbra Cuscinetti, Inc., to announce the company’s move into a newly-renovated, energy-efficient 68,000 square foot facility in Everett, WA. Umbra Cuscinetti is the U.S. entity of Italian-owned Umbra Group. This move allows

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