GreenRubino to develop new tourism marketing plan for Washington state

Reflecting a core principal of Commerce and the Washington Tourism Alliance, the marketing plan will strengthen rural and underserved communities as part of first state-funded tourism promotion plan in six years.

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce, in collaboration with the Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA), has selected GreenRubino as the agency of record to develop and produce a new tourism marketing plan for the state.

Eleven firms from around the country competed for the contract, which will result in a proposed comprehensive plan for marketing the state locally, regionally, and nationally. The tourism marketing plan is slated for completion in March 2018. Commerce and the Washington Tourism Alliance will jointly oversee and guide the plan’s development. The plan is funded by an appropriation in the 2017-19 state operating budget and is intended to allow Commerce and the WTA to develop a plan that will be submitted to the legislature for consideration as a path forward for the state’s tourism effort.

Promoting the many natural, cultural, and recreational attractions in rural and underserved communities throughout the state will be a top priority for the plan, according to Robb Zerr, marketing director for the Department of Commerce.

“We look forward to working with the WTA and GreenRubino to deliver a proposal for a marketing plan that attracts visitors to every part of our amazing state, and also dials in on promoting rural communities where tourism can be an important economic driver,” Zerr said. “GreenRubino brings a lot of expertise to the project. Over the years, the agency has worked with a roster of tourism and hospitality clients, including other Washington state projects.”

“Tourism is Washington’s fourth-largest industry, bringing over $21 million to our economy and providing 177,000 jobs,” said Mike Moe, managing director of the Washington Tourism Alliance. “However, since 2011 Washington’s tourism industry has had a competitive disadvantage with states like Oregon and Montana that spend $19-32 million a year to attract tourists. We are excited to work with GreenRubino to create a marketing plan that will serve as a road map once legislation is passed to fund the reestablishment of a statewide tourism marketing effort.”

“To say GreenRubino is excited about a renewed commitment for Washington State tourism is an understatement—we’re ecstatic,” said partner Cam Green. “This perfectly complements our tourism and hospitality marketing experience. The entire team is very proud of the work we created as the state’s tourism marketing agency from 2008 to 2011. We’re keenly aware of the enormous economic impact tourism has statewide and are thrilled to get working on the strategic statewide marketing plan.”

About the Washington Tourism Alliance
The Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA) is a 501 (c)(6) organization, established by industry stakeholders with the mission to advocate, promote, develop and sustain the economic well-being of the Washington tourism industry. For more information visit watourismalliance.com.

Contacts:
Penny Thomas, Commerce Press Office, 206-256-6106
Mike Moe, Managing Director, Washington State Tourism Alliance, 425-444-0589

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Wenatchee awarded nearly $1 million in state funding for McKittrick Street extension project

Community Economic Revitalization Board grant and loan will support $2.4 million private partner investment, create estimated 90 jobs.

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $973,185 in public infrastructure development funding targeting business growth and job creation in the Wenatchee, Chelan County.

A $859,409 loan and a $113,776 grant to the city of Wenatchee is for the McKittrick Street Extension Project, State funding is awarded for the purchase of a right-of-way and partial demolition of a damaged warehouse. The remainder of the warehouse will be used by the project private partner, Diamond Foundry, LLC. The company will invest $2,400,000, creating 96 jobs, as a result of this project. CERB funds are matched by $243,296 in local resources.

“CERB projects represent an important partnership between the state and local communities resulting in enhanced economic vitality. This project represents the much-needed diversification of industry in the rural areas of our state. The board is pleased to collaborate with the City of Wenatchee to create permanent private sector jobs for Washington families,” said CERB Chair Randy Hayden.

“State investments in public infrastructure strengthen rural communities by helping them attract and keep job-creating employers,” said Brian Bonlender, director of the Washington State Department of Commerce. “Many local governments are struggling to improve and maintain facilities that enable economic growth. Tools such as CERB’s committed private partner program are vital to making the necessary funding possible.”

The release of CERB funds to this project is contingent upon the applicant completing specific pre-contract requirements, such as finalizing other funding sources and obtaining necessary permits.

Preview CERB’s 2015 -17 Biennium in Review and check out CERB’s interactive project map for the 2015-17 approved projects.

Since 1982, CERB has committed nearly $176 million to local jurisdictions across the state, an investment generating more than 35,000 jobs, and private capital investments of a $5.6 billion ($34 to $1) return on CERB investment.

As Washington’s strategic economic development resource, CERB is focused on creating private sector jobs in partnership with local governments by financing infrastructure improvements. These improvements encourage new business development and expansion. In addition to funding construction projects, CERB provides limited funding for studies that evaluate high-priority economic development projects. Learn more about CERB at www.commerce.wa.gov/cerb.

Press Contact:

Penny Thomas, penny.thomas@commerce.wa.gov, (206) 256-6106

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Washington state delegation exhibits at MEDICA in Dusseldorf, Germany this week

Commerce hosts eight companies at world’s largest medical industry trade show Nov. 13-17

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce kicked off several days of business-to-business meetings and marketing activities today to showcase the state’s life sciences industry at MEDICA, the world’s largest trade show for the medical technology sector.

Germany is Europe’s largest medical device market and the world’s third largest medical market, with an annual market size of €30 billion. Thirty percent of Germany’s medical device imports come from U.S. companies. Leading European countries importing Washington medical devices include Germany, the U.K., Ireland, France, the Netherlands, and Italy, with over half a billion dollars’ worth of medical products exported from Washington State to Europe in 2016. Europe’s medical market provides excellent opportunities for companies to expand sales overseas.

Six companies are exhibiting in the Choose Washington booth at MEDICA 2017 and two others are featured in the state’s Exhibitor Directory.

Amfit, Vancouver, WA
Cerevast Medical, Inc., Redmond, WA
Mobile Workforce Inc, Port Orchard, WA
Mirabilis Medical, Inc., Bothell, WA
Statcorp Medical, Snoqualmie, WA
The O.R. Company, Tacoma, WA
esyringe, Ferndale, WA
Peripheral Visions Inc., Auburn, WA

Commerce provides services to help small businesses expand through international trade and exports. Exhibiting companies in this year’s delegation receive assistance from Commerce and their contract representative firm in Europe. Support includes help promoting their products and services to potential partners and buyers, and five of the companies will take advantage of reimbursement-style vouchers through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Visit the Commerce website to learn more about how the state’s export assistance programs help create new market opportunities and partnerships.

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Washington State delegation seeks new business at Dubai Airshow

United Arab Emirates one of world’s largest markets for civil and military aircraft

OLYMPIA, WA – A 12-member delegation recruited and led by the Washington State Department of Commerce heads to Dubai, United Arab Emirates this weekend, for what has become one of the largest international airshows. Representatives of nine companies will exhibit at the Choose Washington display in the USA Pavilion, and Commerce is representing two additional companies, the Aerospace Center of Excellence and Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance, Nov. 12-16.

Participating companies and organizations are:
Adaptive Aero Technologies, LLC
Gladiator Technologies, a division of LKD Aerospace
Glasair Aviation
Hobart Machined Products
IDEA International
Net-Inspect
Structural Integrity Engineering
Windspeed
Aerospace Center of Excellence
RBC Signals
Silicon Forest
Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance
Space Angels

Washington also mounted a delegation to the 2015 show, and again has the largest presence of any U.S. state. In 2015, this event featured over 1,100 exhibitors from 63 countries seen by over 66,000 trade visitors and nearly 1,300 international and regional media in 2015, resulting in total orders exceeding $37 billion.

“Gladiator Technologies is excited to again attend the Middle East’s premier Airshow in Dubai. The biennial exhibition is a unique opportunity for us to meet with our customers and promote our advanced technology microelectromechanical (MEMS) inertial sensors and systems to the region’s leading aerospace and aviation companies,” said Mark Chamberlain, Gladiator’s chief executive officer. “Exhibiting within the Washington State booth and working with Commerce’s highly professional staff enables a smaller company like ours to share costs, but more importantly, to gain enhanced visibility and benefit from international networking that is not often afforded to smaller companies.”

The Gulf Region is one of the fastest-growing aerospace clusters, and Dubai is the hub. The UAE set the stage a decade ago for mass commercialization and deregulation, projecting some 10,000 jobs by 2030. Targeted opportunities for growth-oriented companies from Washington at the Dubai International Airshow include commercial aviation, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), unmanned aerial vehicles, space and defense.

The aerospace industry strengthens communities all over the state, with aerospace-related clusters numbering 478 companies in King County, 219 in Snohomish, 108 in Spokane, 101 in Pierce and 21 in Kitsap. From materials, machining and manufacturing to testing and calibration, air transport and MRO, aerospace-related businesses are present in 35 of Washington’s 39 counties.

“Export assistance for very small and early-stage businesses is an integral component of our economic development strategy,” said Mark Calhoon, Senior Managing Director for International Trade at the Department of Commerce. “Last year, Commerce helped 362 small businesses, with 770 requests for assistance, which generated $287 million in new export sales as a result of our support.”

Small businesses represent 90 percent of companies that export from Washington, and data shows that new and small companies that develop successful export operations are financially stronger, thanks to market diversification and increased revenue from export sales.

Businesses that export grow and create jobs that pay higher wages than non-exporters in similar industries. Explaining that his department’s Small Business Export Assistance Program helps companies be strategic and surmount export hurdles to become self-sufficient doing international business deals and transactions, Calhoon notes that these services are currently at risk due to lack of funding from the 2017 state legislature.

Download a directory of Washington’s delegation to the 2017 Dubai International Airshow delegation.

Learn more about why Washington is one of the foremost aerospace sectors in the world for over 100 years.

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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $500K in Washington state maritime sector innovation

Washington Maritime Blue 2050” project aims to lead the nation in sustainable ocean industry technology and practices, earns regional innovation strategy grant

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce was awarded a $500,000 grant through the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program to support Washington Maritime Blue 2050, a statewide vision for creating and expanding the nation’s most sustainable ocean industry and technology cluster. Every federal dollar is matched with state and local funds.

The ‘Blue Economy’ is taking off around the world, from ships humming with electric engines to port efficiency and automation and the first zero-emission terminal now under construction. Studies predict that in coming decades, scientific and technological advances will play a crucial role in addressing ocean-related environmental challenges and ocean-based economic activities.

“Maritime activity has long been a pillar of Washington state’s economy,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “Today we are uniquely poised to lead the country in maritime clean tech innovation and best management practices that create living-wage jobs, a healthy environment, and resilient communities.”

Every segment of the state’s $37.8 billion maritime sector will be affected by technological advances in coming years, so leaders in government, research, businesses and academic communities are working together to capitalize on prime opportunities with Washington Maritime Blue: 2050 Vision for Accelerating Innovation.

The project has three main objectives:
• Set the course for sustainable maritime industry innovation. The Washington Maritime BLUE 2050 is a strategy to ensure Washington State is home of the most sustainable maritime industry by 2050, aligned with Governor Inslee’s plans for deep de-carbonization, innovation and workforce development.
• Support strong blue tech cluster coordination, forming strategic alliances, growth in trade, and increased jobs.
• Support development of the Washington Maritime Innovation Center at the Port of Seattle, in partnership with the Port of Seattle and the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Lab.

“Receiving this grant acknowledges the strong connections created through our sector lead program to ensure our state is positioned to thrive and lead in the increasingly competitive international marketplace for maritime services,” Commerce Director Brian Bonlender said. “Washington’s maritime industry strengthens communities all over the state by employing a diverse workforce of nearly 70,000.
Our goal is to build on that by creating a green, efficient, sustainable maritime sector that will serve as a model for the rest of the country.”

The $500,000 grant is matched in-kind by the Port of Seattle, which is providing space for the Washington Maritime Innovation Center, and the University of Washington Applied Physics Lab providing staff time.

The Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE), housed within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), leads the Regional Innovation Strategies Program to spur innovation capacity-building activities in regions across the nation. The program is authorized through the America COMPETES reauthorization Act of 2010, and has received dedicated appropriations since fiscal year 2014.

Commerce was one of 42 organizations — including nonprofits, institutions of higher education, and entrepreneurship-focused organizations from 28 states that received over $17 million to create and expand cluster-focused proof-of-concept and commercialization programs, and early-stage seed capital funds through RIS. The awardees were selected from a pool of more than 217 applicants.

Press Contact:

Penny Thomas, penny.thomas@commerce.wa.gov, (206) 256-6106

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State board approves $100K to study Arlington Marysville Manufacturing Center

Community Economic Revitalization Board awards grants for feasibility studies in Snohomish County

OLYMPIA, WA – The Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today announced $100,000 toward public infrastructure development and new economic feasibility studies on the Arlington Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center near Smokey Point in Snohomish County. The center spans over 4,000 acres including land within the boundaries of both Arlington and Marysville, with close access to Paine Field and Interstate 5. Capacity for additional development includes partially used, redevelopment and vacant sites.

The CERB funding approved yesterday afternoon will help pay for two consecutive feasibility studies to establish a master plan, economic development, an investment and transportation strategy to facilitate infrastructure improvements and accommodate, attract, and retain industrial and manufacturing uses.

Snohomish County: $50,000 grant to the city of Arlington for its portion of the center, approximately 57 percent of the area. The CERB grant is matched by $16,667 in local resources.

Snohomish County: $50,000 grant to the city of Marysville for its portion of the center, approximately 44 percent of the area. The CERB grant is matched by $16,667 in local resources.

“The Community Economic Revitalization Board is dedicated to helping communities across the state develop the infrastructure to attract, retain and grow businesses and jobs. These investments will have a positive economic impact at a time when it is needed the most,” said CERB Chair Randy Hayden.

“I applaud this collaboration between the cities of Arlington and Marysville toward a regional economic development strategy that can potentially multiply the impact of the state’s investment,” said Brian Bonlender, director of the Washington State Department of Commerce. “Working together, they are creating opportunities for new business growth and manufacturing jobs that will strengthen communities throughout Snohomish County.”

The release of CERB funds to these projects is contingent upon each applicant completing specific pre-contract requirements, such as finalizing other funding sources and obtaining necessary permits.

Preview CERB’s 2015 -17 Biennium in Review and check out CERB’s interactive project map for the 2015-17 approved projects.

Since 1982, CERB has committed nearly $176 million to local jurisdictions across the state, an investment generating more than 35,000 jobs, and private capital investments of a $5.6 billion ($34 to $1) return on CERB investment.

As Washington’s strategic economic development resource, CERB is focused on creating private sector jobs in partnership with local governments by financing infrastructure improvements. These improvements encourage new business development and expansion. In addition to funding construction projects, CERB provides limited funding for studies that evaluate high-priority economic development projects. Learn more about CERB at www.commerce.wa.gov/cerb.

Press Contact:

Penny Thomas, penny.thomas@commerce.wa.gov, (206) 256-6106

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Washington state receives $900K SBA grant to boost small business exports

More than $512 million in sales attributed to State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) since inception

OLYMPIA, WA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded the Washington State Department of Commerce a sixth year of funding to help state small businesses grow through exporting. The $900,000 grant, part of the SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), is the highest and maximum amount awarded from a total $18 million nationwide.

Commerce will use the funds to continue a number of successful export assistance programs for small businesses, including export vouchers, support for industry focused trade shows and trade missions, inbound buyer events and export training.

More than 580 small businesses around the state have benefited from about $5.1 million in STEP-funded support since the program’s inception through the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. They have achieved over $512 million in sales, creating an estimated return on investment of about 100:1. Of these small businesses, 170 are located in 25 rural Washington counties – or almost 30 percent of all participating STEP companies.

“In the Pacific Northwest, we know that trade is crucial to growing the economy,” Washington Senator Maria Cantwell said. “The STEP program has already supported 2,770 jobs in Washington state. With these new grants, I am certain more Washington businesses will create more jobs by seizing the opportunity to increase exports to growing markets overseas.”

“The STEP program helps support hundreds of local exporters,” said U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen (WA-02) “and every dollar spent through STEP returns 98 dollars to Washington’s economy. This nearly million-dollar investment will help create jobs and boost Washington state’s small businesses.”

“Washington is the most trade-centered state in America and no other has shown a larger return on investment from our State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) work. Congratulations to our international trade team at Commerce on again being rewarded with the largest possible STEP grant to continue their outstanding assistance to our state’s new and growing exporters,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “Our strong success doesn’t happen by accident – it is possible only when we invest in promoting our world-class products, our incredible ports and helping small and mid-size business access foreign markets.”

“One in three jobs throughout Washington state are tied to international trade, so growing exports has direct impact on strengthening communities all over the state,” said Commerce Director Brian Bonlender. “Small businesses need targeted programs such as STEP and the Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington to help them tap into worldwide markets. We use these flexible federal dollars to introduce new companies to exporting and help rural communities participate in our state’s trade economy.”

Bonlender added, “Commerce is eager for the Washington Legislature to renew state funding for these programs so that we can accelerate and expand services and support to small business as soon as possible.”

For information about STEP export vouchers or other Commerce programs that help Washington businesses grow, expand and locate in Washington State, please visit ChooseWashington.com.

Press Contact:

Penny Thomas, penny.thomas@commerce.wa.gov, (206) 256-6106

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State Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $2.5 million in infrastructure projects

Grants and low-interest loans will support economic development in Douglas, Franklin, Jefferson, Pacific, Skagit, Snohomish counties

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved $2,572,039 in loans and grants for public infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies targeting business growth and job creation in the Port of Douglas County, Port of Pasco, Port of Port Townsend, Pacific County, Port of Anacortes, and City of Everett.

Douglas County – $291,552 loan and $87,412 grant to the Port of Douglas County for the Giga Watt Construction Project. It will extend domestic water, industrial irrigation water and sanitary sewer lines, install power conduit, vaults, landscaping, street lighting and storm water facilities, and excavate, compact and pave roadway into the property with a cul-de-sac for fire truck turn around. Giga Watt will invest $20 million, retaining 16 jobs and creating 61 jobs as a result of this project. CERB funds are matched by $94,741 in local resources.

Franklin County – $1.7 million loan and $300,000 grant to the Port of Pasco for ARM Aerial Research Facility Project. This committed private partner project will construct a 17,727 square foot pre-engineered metal building frame with metal sheeting and a metal roof. The U.S. Department of Energy will base $26 million worth of sophisticated scientific equipment in this building, retaining 15 jobs and creating three jobs as a result of this project. CERB funds are matched by $600,000 in local resources.

Jefferson County – $50,000 grant to Port of Port Townsend for a feasibility study to develop a business plan for the properties at the Quilcene Marina and industrial site that will support tenant growth, financial sustainability of the port and other community benefits. CERB funds are matched by $17,000 in local resources.

Pacific County – $49,200 grant to Pacific County for a feasibility study to develop an overall economic development plan addressing stagnant economic growth in Pacific County, including six identified geographic/culturally distinct sub-planning areas. CERB funds are matched by $16,400 in local resources.

Skagit County – $50,000 grant to Port of Anacortes to develop a real estate strategy that will include a market assessment, conceptual site planning and business plan for the port’s waterfront properties. CERB funds are matched by $29,000 in local resources.

Snohomish County – $45,000 grant to the City of Everett for the Everett Innovation Center. This is a feasibility study to finalize construction requirements, financial support and operations of the proposed center. CERB funds are matched by $13,500 in local resources.

“The CERB Program is designed to respond to emergent business development needs for public infrastructure and provide long-range feasibility planning to help communities plan for future business development. The projects approved today are perfect examples of how CERB partners with our communities.” said CERB Chair David Rhoden

“These targeted investments from Washington state’s capital budget are essential to building the infrastructure needed to support economic growth and create jobs that strengthen our rural communities,” said Brian Bonlender, director of the state Department of Commerce.

The release of CERB funds to these projects is contingent upon each applicant completing specific pre-contract requirements, such as finalizing other funding sources and obtaining necessary permits.

Preview CERB’s 2015 -17 Biennium in Review and check out CERB’s interactive project map for the 2015-17 approved projects.
Since 1982, CERB has committed nearly $174 million to local jurisdictions across the state, an investment generating more than 35,000 jobs, and private capital investments of a $5.6 billion ($34 to $1) return on CERB investment.

As Washington’s strategic economic development resource, CERB is focused on creating private sector jobs in partnership with local governments by financing infrastructure improvements. These improvements encourage new business development and expansion. In addition to funding construction projects, CERB provides limited funding for studies that evaluate high-priority economic development projects. Learn more about CERB at www.commerce.wa.gov/cerb.

Contacts:

Penny Thomas, Commerce Communications, (206) 256-6106

Janea Eddy, CERB Program Director & Tribal Liaison, (360) 725-3151

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Commerce awards $2.3 million for clean energy research and development

Impact Bioenergy, Janicki Bioenergy, Oscilla Power, SuperCritical Technologies and Zunum Aero selected for latest round of Washington State Clean Energy Fund grants

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced five projects awarded matching grants from the state’s Clean Energy Fund to advance research and development in clean power technologies. They include innovative wave energy technology, a hybrid aircraft, bioenergy and small-scale electric power generation. The grants total just over $2.3 million, matched by another $33.2 million in non-state funding.

“Washington state is committed to bold leadership on ensuring a low-carbon future for our children and their children. We must continue to make wise, fruitful investments in technologies that create good-paying jobs while protecting our environment,” Gov. Jay Inslee said.

“As clean energy engages with our state’s other powerful industry sectors – aerospace, manufacturing, global health and information tech – Washington companies are poised to bring disruptive technologies to new customers all over the world,” Commerce director Brian Bonlender said. “These projects have potential to spur new business and economic growth that makes for strong, resilient communities.”

Impact Bioenergy ($550,000) of Auburn, WA, will implement systematic, community-scale food waste biocycling on Vashon Island, WA. The decentralized system will eliminate the need to ship out food waste materials and bring in amendments like compost and fertilizer. Food waste will be converted to energy for heat, power and alternative fuel vehicles, liquid organic fertilizer and sequestered CO2 used in agriculture and horticulture.

“In addition to an innovative product and passionate, talented people, now we have access to capital resources. Thanks to Governor Inslee and the Clean Energy Fund for that last ingredient, which rounds out our recipe to change the world,” said Impact Bioenergy CEO Jan Allen.

Janicki Bioenergy ($283, 158) of Sedro-Woolley, WA, will demonstrate their innovative vapor recompression distillation system that produces clean, potable water from dairy manure wastewater using thermal evaporation, steam compression, vapor recovery and water treatment. This grant will demonstrate the commercial viability of Janicki’s technology, which has the potential to provide global sanitation in places with no public water or sewer systems.

Oscilla Power ($1 million) based in Seattle, WA, will use grant funds to design, build and test a community-scale wave energy converter. The project will validate a cost-effective approach to unlock the untapped potential of ocean waves to generate massive amounts of renewable electricity around the world. Partners in the project are Glosten Associates, a Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm, and Janicki Industries, an advanced composite materials tooling and manufacturing firm based in Sedro-Wooley.

“Washington state’s Clean Energy Fund provides crucial financial support for projects like ours. Together, we’re playing a leading role in advancing marine energy research and development to benefit communities here and around the world,” said Oscilla Power CEO Rahul Shendure.

SuperCritical Technologies, Inc. (SCTI) ($283,158) of Bremerton, WA, is developing ways to use supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) instead of steam to generate electricity. They are investigating use of CO2 hydrodynamic bearings and related technologies such as tiny turbines and lubricants, to develop compact power plants. Modular units the size of shipping containers could generate electricity at the point of consumption, such as converting waste heat to power operations at an industrial facility, for example.

Zunum Aero ($800,000) of Kirkland, WA, will develop the first commercial-class hybrid aircraft. Partners in this grant proposal include the Clean Energy Institute at the University of Washington, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the Grainger Center for Electrical Machinery and Electromechanics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

“We are excited that the Washington Clean Energy Fund is joining Boeing HorizonX and JetBlue Technology Ventures to support our development of breakthrough hybrid-electric aircraft for the early 2020s. This support will extend Washington leadership to a new era of aviation, and pave the way to green, quiet skies. Our hybrid aircraft will also benefit all of us across the state, offering door-to-door travel 2 to 4 times faster than today, and affordable service to many of the 64 federally supported airports in Washington,” said Zunum Aero CEO Ashish Kumar.

This is the third round of grants awarded for clean energy research and development since the Washington State Clean Energy Fund was established in 2013. The fund also invests in revolving loan funds for commercial and residential energy efficiency, public and private utility electric grid modernization, and loan programs for solar and renewable energy manufacturing facilities. Last year, the Legislature approved over $100 million in capital budget funds to invest in clean energy and energy efficiency. It included $40 million for the state’s Clean Energy Fund. Learn more at www.commerce.wa.gov/CEF.

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Penny Thomas, Commerce Communications, 206-256-6106

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Commerce to sign agreement with Niedersachsen Ministry during Paris Air Show trip

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, Commerce Director Brian Bonlender co-host Washington state’s 70+-member delegation – the largest ever – to the world’s premier aerospace trade show

OLYMPIA, WA – U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Washington State Commerce Director Brian Bonlender today kicked off four days of development meetings and VIP events for the state’s largest- ever trade delegation to the 2017 International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France. More than 70 individuals representing 18 aerospace-related companies and 14 of Washington’s ports, counties, schools, aerospace and economic development organizations are exhibiting, presenting and doing business at the world’s premier aerospace and space trade show, held every two years.

“I want to thank Governor Inslee for asking me to come in his stead,” said Larsen, the top-Ranking Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Aviation. “I was here four years ago, and though the aerospace industry has changed a lot since then, one constant is that the aerospace marketplace is global and extremely competitive. Washington workers are competing not against other states as much as they are competing around the world, and we saw that day one here at the Paris Air Show.”

Tomorrow, Bonlender will sign a memorandum of understanding on behalf of Washington state with the State of Niedersachsen, Federal Republic of Germany. The agreement expands on a longstanding relationship between the Department of Commerce and the Niedersachsen Ministry of Economics, Labor and Transport to foster technical collaboration and economic development between the two regions.

The scope of the agreement includes collaboration on research, development and commercialization of products and services, information sharing, exchanges between business leaders, students and researchers and joint global marketing and promotion activities.

“Washington and Niedersachsen are world leaders in the development and use of advanced technologies, sharing common strengths in the aerospace and renewable energy sectors,” Bonlender said. “New manufacturing technologies are disrupting key industries. Washington’s alignment of research, education and workforce development with business positions us well in this convergence of technology.”

Last Friday and Saturday, a smaller group of Washington state delegates visited the French aerospace cluster in Toulouse that is home to Airbus. Greeted by the city’s mayor, they toured Airbus Defense and Space and met with the company’s senior vice president of procurement strategy and services. In addition, the Washington delegation visited Liebherr, which has a presence in Everett, WA, and presented to an audience of French businesses about doing business in Washington before attending a reception hosted by the French-American Chamber of Commerce.

“We are looking forward to a very busy, exciting week here in Le Bourget,” said Washington Aerospace Sector Director John Thornquist. “Boeing and its suppliers have led a surge in aerospace investments in Washington state in recent years, with dozens of companies around the world coming or expanding here to serve the 777X and 737MAX programs, as well as burgeoning opportunities in space, unmanned systems and other segments of our aerospace industry.”

Thornquist will speak about Washington state’s “Century of Global Aerospace Leadership” tomorrow at a session co-hosted by the French-American Chambers of Ile-de-France and Seattle. Tom Brosius, vice president and general manager of Auburn’s Orion Aerospace is also featured. On Thursday, Thornquist moderates a panel of international experts on aerospace industry workforce in the U.S. Pavilion, featuring Mary Kaye Bredeson, executive director of the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing in Everett, and Larry Cluphf, executive director of Washington’s Aerospace Training and Research Center, among the speakers from the U.S.A., France and the United Kingdom.

About 1,400 companies comprise Washington’s renowned aerospace industry supply chain, which serves Boeing, Airbus and every other major aircraft manufacturer in the world. More than 136,000 workers support the aerospace industry in Washington which is also a growing hub for space commercialization.

Follow the “Choose Washington” delegation this week @WAStateCommerce, #PAS17 on social media and visit our website for a downloadable Delegate Directory and more information.

Contact:

Penny Thomas, Commerce Communications, 206-256-6106

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