I still can’t get over how cool it is that Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mullaly is going to be the keynote speaker at the Prosperity Partnership Fall Luncheon on November 13. But it’s not just the fact that he used to work in the region and now he’s in the Time 100. It’s that he can talk about a major national economic shift that has the potential to be huge in the central Puget Sound in two ways:
First off, you’ve got the whole Microsoft connection. Microsoft provides the infotainment systems in Fords now, which means that we can add “auto industry” to the list of major industry clusters we have.
Second, relatedly, is our potential to be a leader in the transition to vehicle electrification. We’ve got a number of regional applications in for federal stimulus dollars to do electrified transportation demonstration projects with Ford and others (Nissan, Better Place), and we’re already identified as a great place to sell electric cars (lots of rich, environmentally conscious early adopters in town). Even the State has the bug.
Anyway, it’ll be very cool to hear from him. He apparently doesn’t like to give speeches, per se, so it’ll be more of a town hall type of thing.