Join Boeing’s Ray Conner at 2012 Prosperity Partnership Luncheon

October 8, 2012

Join Boeing Commercial Airplane’s new President and CEO Ray Conner on Monday, November 5 at 11:30am to honor Congressman Norm Dicks at the Prosperity Partnership’s Fall Luncheon. The Prosperity Partnership’s centerpiece event is the region’s premier civic event focused on sustaining a competitive regional economy, and it will be held at the Seattle Westin.

This year, business, government and community leaders will honor Congressman Norm Dicks for his 44 years of stellar public service. This pre-election day luncheon will feature regional leadership from far and wide paying tribute to Norm’s accomplishments, which have been focused on shoring up the foundations of the region’s economy and the region’s place in the world.

Monday, November 5, 2012
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Westin Seattle
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Sponsorship opportunities are available— please contact Chris Endresen Scott, Director of Economic Development, at 206-971-3269.

Prosperity Partnership Luncheon Sponsors


Event: Doing Business with Joint Base Lewis McChord

March 23, 2012

On June 12, 2012 Washington PTAC is hosting a forum covering how to do businesses with Joing Base Lewis McChord. This forum will bring together local experts to provide insights and tips to sucessfully secure federal contracts at the joint military base. Click here to register. Presenters and topics include:

  • Dan Penrose, City of Lakewood Project Manager, will provide a briefing of the size and scope of JBLM.
  • Tiffany Scroggs, a certified procurement assistance specialist with PTAC who manages the program for southwest Washington, will present a “Government Contracting 101” session.
  • Victoria Ghent, the Assistant Director from the Office of Small Business Programs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, will lead a course on “Doing Business with JBLM” along with her team of contracting officers.
  • Veronica Kammler, Deputy for Small Business for the Army Corps of Engineers, will present a course on regional contracting awareness.
  • Ellie Chambers-Grady, City of Lakewood Economic Development Manager, and Denise Dyer, Pierce County Economic Development Manager, will jointly review the regional resources available to businesses including workforce training, financing tools, and a variety of state-level resources.

This forum is made possible through a partnership between the Thurston EDC, South Sound Military & Communities Partnership, and the City of Lakewood.

For more information contact: Tiffany Scroggs (360) 754-6320

Clover Park Technical College, McGavick Center
4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood WA 98499 US

Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition – Clean Technology Defense Symposium

March 12, 2012

The Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition is hosting a Clean Technology Defense Symposium on April 26, 2012 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA.

Featured keynot speaker: VADM Dennis V. McGinn (USN, Retired) President, ACORE.

The Clean Technology Defense Symposium is an opportunity for leaders in the Clean Tech Industry to meet and engage on their important efforts. Attendees will:

  • Hear from the staffs of – Navy Region Northwest, Joint Base Lewis McCord, Army Corps of Engineers Seattle Division, and Coast Guard District 13, on their current efforts to become more sustainable in the areas of energy, waste and water.    
  • Learn how to do businesses with the military
  • Hear from industry experts on clean technology initiatives.  

Small Businesses, Government entities, and clean technology firms looking to partner with the Department of Defense to make our local installations more sustainable. 

Co-hosting this symposium is Clean Technology West Sound, Climate Solutions, Washington Clean Technology Alliance, American Council on Clean Energy, and the Washington state Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

Click here for more information or to register.

Hire America’s Heroes Career Day

January 13, 2012

On February 24, 2012, Hire America’s Heroes is hosting a career day in the West Club Lounge at CenturyLink Field. All job-seeking members of the Military Family including veterans from all conflicts, military transitioners, job-seeking National Guard and Reserve forces, Wounded Warriors, care-givers, military spouses, job-seeking Gold Star and Blue Star family members attend free of charge.

If you are a job seeker or company looking to attend, register here

CenturyLink Field
800 Occidental Ave S.
Seattle, Washington 98134
Phone at CenturyLink Field: 206-381-7655

Washington Clean Technology Alliance Luncheon, Working with the US Military

December 2, 2011

The luncheon will feature a panel discussion featuring leaders from the U.S. military, Washington cleantech business, and economic development organizations on how clean technology companies can engage the U.S. military and the Department of Defense for business expansion. Cleantech startups and established players can learn more about the opportunities in one of the world’s largest energy markets: America’s armed services.  Expert panelist presentations will be followed by a chance to ask questions.  

The Washington Defense Partnership, the ongoing military group at PSRC, strongly supports increasing opportunities for local companies to contract with the defense department.  The military’s growing focus on clean technology offers the perfect opportunity for more of our region’s businesses to become involved in contracting opportunities.  We are excited about this event and the connections that can be made. Click here to register.

Washington Defense Partnership Meets at PSRC

June 28, 2011

The Prosperity Partnership is convening a meeting for the military cluster at PSRC this morning. Military and defense contracting activities sustained approximately 191,000 jobs and $12.2 billion in total output in Washington for FY 2009, nearly 4% of the state’s overall gross domestic product. However, the state is only 26th in the nation when it comes to military contracting. Today’s meeting is about better connecting local companies with the military community, particularly with regards to the region’s burgeoning clean tech industry.

Shown from left to right are Congressman Norm Dicks, Rear Admiral Douglass Biesel, Kitsap County Commissioner and PSRC President Josh Brown, Carol Evanoff – Co-Chair of the Prosperity Partnership Military Working Group, and Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson, former PSRC President.


April 1, 2011

One of the focuses of our BETI effort has been the potential intersection with the military. I mean, here we are as the Prosperity Partnership, trying to establish an international hug for the energy efficiency technology cluster here in the central Puget Sound. And here we are in the central Puget Sound with one of the largest concentrations of military presence in the country. And there the military is making bold public statements about how they see clean tech and energy efficiency as a key to their core mission. Kinda seems like there must be some mutually beneficial connection, yes?

Luckily for me, I don’t need to do a lot of research to understand how that might work, because ITIF wrote this lovely report entitled “Lean, Mean and Clean: Energy Innovation and the Department of Defense.”

Let’s read along together and see what we learn!

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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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It’s the Most Wonderful Time Of the Year (in Ideas): Big Ideas of 2010

December 15, 2010

I can’t wait for this Sunday. It’s literally my favorite day of the year. Why? Because the New York Times Magazine’s Year in Ideas issue is going to arrive at my doorstep! (I know, that’s a very nerdy reason for a day to be one’s favorite, but what can I say…I love ideas!) The NYT issue is apparently the 10th annual, but it also serves another important annual role: inspiring the creation of the Prosperity Blog’s 2nd annual “Big Ideas” post!

To quote from last year’s, we here at the Prosperity Blog have also had a good year of ideas, generating all sorts of practical proposals for improving our region’s business climate and competitiveness. But, of course, we have also had lots of impractical, sky’s-the-limit ideas that we hope someone is going to take and run with and make all our dreams come true. So, for all you good-idea-awaiting folks out there, here’s a summary…presented in Top Ten format:

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There Are So Many Interesting Things About This Article

October 11, 2010

“Drone boat for military to be built in Bothell factory,” the Seattle Times reported yesterday. “Sounds like an article I should skim,” says I, while watching the Phillies and Eagles soar to victory. But then skim I did, and gladly so. Because there are at least three really important things here: Read the rest of this entry »

New Feature: Best Meeting of the Week

October 1, 2010

As we just mentioned, Prosperity Blog is all about regularity these days, giving you something to look forward to in your otherwise dreary days and weeks. Much like Random Economic Development Email of the Week, this new feature – Best Meeting of the Week – chronicles our adventures in the world of economic development, sharing the most interesting, exciting or unique things that the Prosperity crew is doing. This week’s B-MOW? Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Read the rest of this entry »

New Feature: Random Email of the Week!

October 1, 2010

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: Read the rest of this entry »

What’s IT?

August 12, 2010

This is both a real question and a question my grandfather would ask…of course, until last year he was still using Web TV as his internet. But enough about Poppy Irv.

What counts as IT is a major question as we head into the next Regional Economic Strategy and our comprehensive economic analysis. And I’m not sure I know the answer. Read the rest of this entry »