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: 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 »

Not Just for Billionaires and Lance Bass Anymore — The Era of Space Tourism About to Begin??

September 17, 2010

This Wednesday Boeing announced that it will help the non-astronaut community boldly go where few men have gone before… No, not a Lilith Fair concert… outer space. Not to explore strange new worlds, or to seek out new life and new civilizations, but to tap into the apparently under-served market for space tourism by taking visitors to low Earth orbit (LEO). Read the rest of this entry »

The WTO and the Tanker

July 6, 2010

Last week’s WTO ruling that Airbus has for decades received billions in illegal subsidies from European governments was a major victory for Boeing, for American workers, and for Washington State. But, its impact on the ongoing Air Force aerial refueling tanker contract saga remains uncertain. Read the rest of this entry »

McSherry Takes Flight, Part 2

June 1, 2010

I was at a family wedding this weekend, where my uncle used the phrase, “I don’t feel like I’m losing a daughter, just gaining a son.” Which is sort of how the staff both here and in Olympia must feel about the fact that Bill McSherry is leaving PSRC and the Governor’s Office permanently to work for the Boeing Company as Director of State and Local Government Affairs.

On February 17, 2009, I wrote a blog post entitled “McSherry Takes Flight.” That was when he started working as a loaned executive for the Governor on aerospace issues and, of course, did a great job. Such a good job that I have to write a post entitled McSherry Takes Flight, Part 2 to commemorate his new gig.

But in the word of my uncle, it’s less that we’re losing a co-worker, just gaining a colleague. Knowing Bill, we’ll see him around quite a bit as he helps guide the Boeing Company’s engagement in our community and our state to the benefit of all of us. Good luck, Bill…it’s not goodbye, it’s “until we meet again”!

Wow, This Region Is So Defensive

May 3, 2010

Assuming that “defensive” is the adjective describing a region with a lot of defense-related contracting activities…

The news about UW’s big defense contract got me thinking about all the defense-related contracting that goes on in our region. Obviously, Prosperity Partnership has been focused on that topic a lot since the creation of our Military Cluster Strategy in 2008, but for those of you who haven’t picked that up in a while, we’re talking $3.7 billion in contracts in the four-county Puget Sound region.  A lot of those come from aerospace and engineering related activities, as well as your basic procurement for things like construction, janitorial, and medical services, and other base support services. Read the rest of this entry »

Why It’s Good For Boeing That EADS is Competing for the Tanker

April 20, 2010

So, Airbus’s parent company announced today that they’d be bidding for the Air Force aerial refueling tanker contract, meaning that Boeing won’t be a sole bidder after all. I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of concern and analysis about this move, and what it means for Boeing’s chances of winning the contract. But I have to tell you – speaking purely from my perspective – that I think it’s much better for Boeing in the big picture. Read the rest of this entry »