Blast from the Past…and Future?

March 21, 2011

We here at the Prosperity Blog are still cleaning up all the bottles from the tanker celebration, and yet it’s amazing that this is already our third post on the efforts that are getting underway to prepare our region to compete for the next major Boeing competition. Except, in this one, it won’t be us helping Boeing submit a bid, but rather us submitting a bid to Boeing…to be the location for the manufacture and assembly of the next generation 737.

How will we figure out our best strategy for securing that economic development prize? As someone once said, “You need to know where you’ve been so that you can figure out where you’re going.”

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Weekly B-MOW: Washington Innovation Summit

March 18, 2011

I go to a lot of events. Many of them are boring. But I put my neck out a few weeks ago and said that the Washington Innovation Summit would not be. And I was right. I mean, really interesting panels, very forward thinking topics and some great keynotes. If you haven’t heard Geoffrey Moore speak on the transition in enterprise IT from “systems of record” to “systems of engagement,” then you don’t know what the next major business opportunity in the global economy will be.

Apparently, the whole day was video recorded, and will be available on the Technology Alliance website. And you can follow the audience’s questions and comments on Twitter via the hashtag #WAInnovation (including several insightful tweets from yours truly and a back and forth on how funny Bill McSherry is).

But if you want an immediate taste, I took a video of the opening panel, featuring some of the state’s economic development luminaries talking about how we continue to invest in economic development in a time of scarce public money.

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Weekly FWSR: Snacks, Bosses & Competitors

March 17, 2011

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.

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The Many Economic Development Impacts of the Military

March 14, 2011

Over the last few years, Prosperity Partnership has been a leading proponent of making better connections with the military cluster here in the region. And it seems like everywhere I turn these days, that topic is a focus of conversation – whether it be the meeting we hosted here last week with the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition to try to address clean technology contracting opportunities or the success of legislation in the current state legislative session towards allowing military training to count toward civilian professional licenses.

Here’s a quick summary of some the major focuses and opportunities that our region needs to be considering.

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The Exact Opposite of the Global Supply Chain

March 11, 2011

Well, there’s been a lot of talk about how Boeing’s global supply chain for the 787 has or has not worked. And a lot of folks have been thinking that, in the future, Boeing probably won’t rely as much on shipping various parts from vendors around the world without any quality control until final assembly. But I have a feeling that not too many people thought that they’d go in the exact opposite direction!

Which is what seems to be under discussion.

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Watch Some of Our Region’s Elected Officials Celebrate the Boeing Tanker Contract

February 25, 2011

So, as I mentioned, we hosted Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell and Congressman Inslee in their press conference to celebrate the Air Force’s award of their aerial refueling tanker contract to the Boeing Company. And I thought that maybe y’all would like to watch that press conference.

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The Choice That Wasn’t Made

February 25, 2011

So, a funny thing happened when I was watching the live stream of the Pentagon Channel yesterday. I was watching a lovely story about military dentists providing cleanings to Korean children, when all of the sudden a press conference came on to announce the awarding of the Air Force aerial refueling tanker. Imagine my surprise!

Of course, I was actually watching the Pentagon Channel for the press conference (although I did see some fascinating things while I waited), and I did indeed jump up and down when I heard the announcement that Boeing had been awarded the contract. In fact, there is much jubilation and celebration across the region, as it’s clearly great news: 11,000 direct and indirect jobs, many of them current 767 machinists in Everett whose jobs would have been otherwise phased out. Regional leaders made statements, issued press releases and generally rejoiced.

But the most amazing thing to me is not just that Boeing won the contract, which most of us had given up hope for, but why they won it. It wasn’t for any of the reasons we thought.

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