Weekly B-MOW: Fashion & Apparel Industry Cluster Tour

April 16, 2011

When we started doing the Prosperity Partnership “industry cluster tours” three years ago – every three months, getting 30-40 business, government and community leaders on a bus for a day-long exploration of a different industry in our region – I had a key organizing principle for how I selected our tour stops: the “I’ve Always Wanted to Go There” rule. It was under the assumption that everyone knew about our various assets in clusters like aerospace, IT and life sciences, but had never had the opportunity and/or the access to go see them. And so, we got behind the scenes tours of Boeing factories or Seattle BioMed’s “insectarium” or REI’s logistics center in Sumner.

But now that we’ve done tours of the major industries in our region, we’ve moved into a new rule of thumb: the “I Had No Idea This Was Here” principle. That was the case back in December when we did a day-long bus tour of the specialty foods industry (stopping at places like Green Mountain Coffee’s robotic coffee packaging facility). And it was absolutely the case last week when we did our latest industry cluster tour…on the stunningly significant fashion & apparel cluster in our region.

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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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Dressing Up in the Puget Sound

March 15, 2011

Man, I don’t even have to write a pun headline for that title. I mean, did I ever tell you about the time I was at the Seattle Symphony, sitting next to a guy in a bright green sweatsuit? To be fair, it was St. Patrick’s Day, but still…folks around here are much more likely to be seen at Canlis in jeans and Gore-Tex than rocking a Mad Men style.

But, shockingly perhaps, we actually have a pretty significant fashion & apparel industry cluster here in the region. And, if you’re interested, I’d be happy to take you on a bus tour of it.

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