Weekly FWSR: Snacks, Bosses & Competitors

Two weeks ago, we started a new feature at the Prosperity Blog: Fun With Search Referrers! And yes, I know, we start more features here than a first run movie theater, but what can we say. If it sounds like something that can help us fill blog content, we’ll take it! So, here’s the latest Fun with Search Referrers, featuring snacks, bosses, competitors and more.

what can one do, having studied russian
As I’ve said before, how dare people study Russian in college!?! Unless of course you believe in the power of a liberal arts education, which spurs creative thinking, problem solving and a general life-long learning approach that helps people succeed in a wide variety of fields. Obviously, public universities are making tough decisions these days about what they offer and how they pay for those offerings. But colleges are not just trade schools, and people don’t always get a four-year degree to go into a specific field. Look at me…I was a theater major in college and now I’m writing a blog…so, maybe don’t look at me.

washington pledge scholership
I think you’ve proven our point about why we need higher education opportunity in this state. It’s spelled “scholarship”. And the Washington Pledge Scholarship is an important part of the Governor’s Higher Education Funding Task Force proposal…it would bring $1 billion in new investment into financial aid for low- and middle-income students, and end up serving between 15,000 and 20,000 additional kids a year.

“do they have a pill to deal with the global financial crisis”
No, no they don’t. But interestingly, pills may be a key to the success of our region’s economy.

boeing logistics supersite
Yep, this is going to be a major topic of conversation over the next year. I’ve already talked about the implications of this concept for our region, and local elected officials are talking about organizing a statewide response. I think that there’s definitely a role for the Washington Aerospace Partnership to play in helping to coordinate this. And it’ll be interesting to see how the timing actually plays out on this…will Boeing actually do an RFP on the new 737 within the year, or are we talking two, three, four years down the road when all is said and done.

ikea art museum
Someone must have heard about the Nick Cave thing!

economic love story
I’m glad that this search found us instead of the script for a terrible new Meg Ryan rom-com. But economic development does have to deal with love stories, in the form of the “two body problem“: smart people don’t want to move to town unless their smart spouses can also get jobs, and so how do we do a better job as a region of coordinating our support for that process.

defense-related attraction strategies
Not to be confused with the abovementioned economic development love stories. This isn’t about using military strength to get a date, but rather using classic economic development company recruitment to create jobs in your region. And why wouldn’t a business that wants to provide goods and services to the military want to move to our region? We have one of the largest concentrations of military bases and personnel in the country. But clearly they’re not moving here, since Washington only ranks 23rd in the nation in defense contracting. I think part of the issue is that many folks who do business with the military sell directly to DoD in DC rather than deal with the bases themselves. But there must be things that we can do to facilitate more military-oriented companies to move here.

too many organization implementing on the same issue in the same city
I happen to think so.

sahale snacks pike place
Clearly, the Prosperity Blog is not a purveyor of snacks (although we do eat a lot of trail mix while blogging), but we’re all about the specialty foods industry cluster…especially after our last industry cluster tour. In fact, we’re hosting a follow-up focus group next month for specialty foods companies to talk about how we can develop greater collaboration and coordination in the industry. But if you love industry cluster bus tours, you don’t want to miss the next one: fashion and apparel!

senator cantwell, chris endresen
In the last FWSR, I told you to stop Binging “Bill McSherry Prosperity Partnership,” since he’s been gone for over six months already. Now I have to get you to update your rolodexes again, because Chris Endresen has been here for over six months!

alternative prosperity blog
What’s that old ad? “Accept no substitutes.” There is no alternative to the Prosperity Blog!

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