In an effort to give all you loyal Prosperity Blog readers out there a few things to look forward to each week, we’re going to be rolling out a few weekly features. And so I’m happy to introduce you to our first one: Random Economic Development Email of the Week.
Like many of you, I somehow end up on a bunch of crazy listservs and receive unexpected updates, invitations and offers. And so each week, we’ll be sharing with you one of those emails and what it inspires us to think about with regard to the region’s economic development. For our inaugural REDEW, I’m happy to present to you “Invitation for the UAS Conference-London.” And I quote:
We would like to invite you and your company for the upcoming Unmanned Aircraft System Defense and Tactics Conference on November 17-18, 2010 in London, UK. Participants are coming from more than 25 countries, we still have a few exhibit and sponsorship opportunities available.
Please complete the attached form to book you for a slot or contact me for further inquiry.
Hope to hear from you soon
Here’s the attachment. Of course, they did have me targeted correctly in the sense that I am very interested in unmanned aerial vehicles! If you remember from the Prosperity Partnership’s June Industry Cluster Tour that focused on Boeing’s Defense, Space and Security division, we learned a lot about Insitu down in Bingen, Washington and the incredible work they’re doing on remote controlled planes and helicopters that can do things like reconnaissance and deliver payloads. We even got to see video of how they retrieve them when they’re done (essentially with a hook, like fishing for birds). And even though Bingen is a long drive away from the central Puget Sound, it reinforces how Boeing’s defense work can become an increasingly large part of our region’s aerospace industry. According to the latest report, Boeing already has 13,000 employees here on that side, which doesn’t count the 11,000 we’ll get
if when they get the Air Force Aerial Refueling Tanker contract. And I’m sure some of those people will be traveling to London for the UAS Conference.
And that, ladies and germs, is REDEW. See you next Friday!