Hello from Abu Dhabi

Not much time to talk – in a presentation on clean tech and the Masdar City project – but wanted to check in from the Chamber’s UAE study mission. In Abu Dhabi now, and it’s not only absolutely fabulous but also so relevant. There are so many Puget Sound/UAE connections already (Boeing, Microsoft, UW, etc.) and so many similarities in terms of their economic development strategy. Their Economic Vision 2030 is a lot like the Prosperity Partnership’s Regional Economic Strategy, not only in terms of the fact that it’s a cluster based/foundation supported strategy, but the specific focuses: clean tech, tourism, aerospace, education, arts and culture…they’re shifting from a resource based economy to a knowledge economy. Of course, they have almost unlimited funds and limited public process to get it done…

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