Governor Inslee’s top priority is to create an economic climate where innovation and entrepreneurship can continue to thrive and create well-paying jobs in every corner of our state.
Washington’s aerospace industry fuels jobs for thousands of families and travel for billions of passengers each year. In addition to the world headquarters for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Washington is home to 1,400 aerospace-related business establishments that design and manufacture products ranging from seats and fasteners to in-flight entertainment systems. There is at least one aerospace-related company in 35 of Washington’s 39 counties.
Our public research institutions and private firms are also leading the world in the advancement of new technologies, as well, including advanced materials, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), aviation biofuels and space exploration.
How we define Washington's Aerospace sector:
Impacts of the industry in Washington in 2015:
What’s next for Washington's Aerospace sector?
Top 3 areas of focus:
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Communication and coordination
Located in the Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness, the Aerospace Sector Lead is charged with implementing these initiatives and coordinating a “support chain” to grow our aerospace industry. It develops, maintains and coordinates the execution of the Washington State Aerospace Strategy with the help of the following entities:
The Office of Aerospace is a public/private partnership funded in part by the Washington Aerospace Partnership.
John serves as the Director of the Aerospace sector, appointed to the role by Governor Jay Inslee. As director, John serves as the principal adviser on aerospace-related issues and coordinates activities to promote growth of the industry throughout the state. Before joining Commerce, John served as CEO of Carbon Aerospace, an Everett-based aerospace firm, and co-founded Global Aerospace Systems, which later became Kaman Engineering Services. Under his leadership, Kaman was named Boeing Supplier of the Year. John brings nearly three decades of experience in aerospace to his role as director of the state’s aerospace sector. A lifelong Washington resident, he earned his MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Director, Office of Aerospace