A study commissioned by the Washington State Wine Commission highlights the effect that the state’s wine industry has on the economy. Washington’s wine industry is the second largest in the county behind California. According to the study, the industry contributes $8.6 billion and nearly 30,000 jobs to the local economy. This is nearly three times the amount that was revealed in a similar study in 2007. Read articles discussing this in the Seattle Times and at KOMO news.
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.
Yes, I promised that we’d start doing video blog entries soon with our new FlipVideo camera. No, we haven’t done it yet. But we do have some cool video of some recent Prosperity Partnership events! I already posted video of Phil Bussey delivering the Metropolitan Business Plan presentation at Brookings Global Metro Summit in Chicago a few weeks ago. And now I’m excited to share with you the panel discussion from the recent Prosperity Partnership Industry Cluster Tour, which focused on the specialty foods manufacturing industry here in the region:
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:
I opened my inbox this morning to find the sort of e-mail I get all too infrequently — an offer for free delicious popcorn snacks from Kitsap County’s own Popcorn Chef. What a way to start the day! As a pregnant lady and the organizer of the Prosperity Partnership’s December 3rd Specialty Foods Industry Cluster Tour, I spend a lot of time these days thinking about food. Fortunately for me, the Puget Sound is full of companies making all kinds of amazing goodies… Read the rest of this entry »