New loan program launches rural broadband initiative

New loan program launches rural broadband initiative

“Broadband internet is an important tool for economic development, it has the power to unite us as a state, and we should make it available in all Washington communities.” — Gov. Jay Inslee Access to quality and affordable broadband internet helps create jobs, improves public safety and health services, and increases education opportunities. Gov. Inslee finished a 3-day trip across the state to talk about increasing access in rural communities.

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New Emerald Coast Opportunity Zone is highlight of Peninsula Tour

New Emerald Coast Opportunity Zone is highlight of Peninsula Tour

Gov. Inslee recently toured the Olympic Peninsula, helping launch the new Emerald Coast Opportunity Zone (#ECOZ). According to Joshua Berger, the governor’s Director of Economic Development for the Maritime Industry, “The Emerald Coast Opportunity Zone represents a powerful public-private collaboration forged to bring new investment to the Olympic Peninsula. The Governor’s visit is especially important in that his Washington Maritime BLUE initiative is a first-of-its-kind effort to promote innovation and

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Washington state ranks ‘most competitive’ by wide margin for aerospace manufacturing

Washington state ranks ‘most competitive’ by wide margin for aerospace manufacturing

Independent researchers looked at 41 metrics in every state and D.C. and found Washington’s dense aerospace “supercluster” unmatched. Gov. Inslee, flanked by officials including King County Executive Dow Constantine, Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin, leaders of IAM and SPEEA, and the Choose Washington New Middle-of-the-Market Airplane (NMA) Council unveiled the Teal Group report at a press conference in the Aviation Maintenance Technology center at South Seattle College. Lead analyst Richard Aboulafia

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Honest, thoughtful analysis of trade policy impact needed when approaching changes to NAFTA

Director Bonlender delivered these remarks on Feb. 20, 2018 at an event hosted by the Consular Association of Washington. First, I’d like to thank Petra Walker for inviting me to this event this afternoon and the Consular Association of Washington for hosting this important conversation. I also appreciate that Consul General Dondisch representing Mexico and Consul General Brandon Lee representing Canada have taken the time to be here this evening.

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How competitive is Washington state?

How competitive is Washington state?

Top aerospace industry analyst Richard Aboulafia was interviewed by Seattle Times reporter Dominic Gates on the first day of the 2018 Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance conference. Governor Inslee’s Choose Washington NMA Council recently announced hiring Aboulafia and Teal Group to produce a an independent competitive analysis addressing in detail the state’s benefits and challenges to win design, manufacture and assembly of the Boeing Company’s proposed new middle-of-the-market airplane, sometimes referred

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Connecting small businesses with international customers, partners

Connecting small businesses with international customers, partners

Rounding out the 2017 industry trade show calendar, Commerce organized and led delegations on two final trade missions: Dubai Air Show. The United Arab Emirates is one of the world’s largest markets for civil and military aircraft. Read more about the Washington companies in this year’s Choose Washington booth in Dubai. MEDICA is the world’s largest medical industry trade show. Learn about our innovative entrepreneurs and companies doing business in in Dusseldorf, Germany. Commerce provides services to

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Seeking best-in-the-nation apprenticeship approaches in Switzerland

Seeking best-in-the-nation apprenticeship approaches in Switzerland

“We have to stop telling our kids that a four-year degree is the only way to start their paths to success.”   — Gov. Jay Inslee Swiss businesses are creators, not just consumers of talent. That is why Director Bonlender and a high-level delegation of leaders accompanied Gov. Inslee on an immersive four-day study mission to learn about how Switzerland created a successful system in which about 70 percent of the country’s young people choose apprenticeships instead of traditional

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