First To Have Electric Vehicles Is Like First to Have a Telephone…

August 3, 2010

It’s great to have one, but you can’t connect to the rest of the country. Ba dum bum. But seriously, we’re getting a lot of press and excitement about the fact that we’re going to be one of the first locations in the country for Nissan to sell electric vehicles…plus we’re already a Tesla market and I’m sure the Volt won’t be far behind.

It’s because we’ve got all the ingredients to make for a successful electric vehicle market: lots of rich people who are environmentally conscious. Not to mention the fact that we’re making all sorts of infrastructure investments and doing all sorts of planning to ensure that electric vehicle charging stations are plentiful and properly located. But there’s a big part of me that says, “so what?” Read the rest of this entry »

Hey, What’s Up With the Stimulus These Days?

June 7, 2010

Glad you asked. It’s been a while since we posted our last “Where are the Recovery Act Dollars” update, and I’m pleased to say that ARRA investments in our four-county region’s leading industry clusters (i.e. – direct funding of projects in clean tech and life sciences, excluding things like transportation and public safety) has topped $1.1 billion. Check out the entire list here.

The big question, as I’ve been saying for a long time, is not how much money did we get, but where did it go? Read the rest of this entry »

That’s What I’ve Been Saying (The Rise of the Puget Sound Auto Industry)

February 2, 2010

Y’all know that I’ve been beating this drum about how we have an opportunity to grow a regional auto industry here. And it’s been reinforced often. So finally other people are catching on. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Ideas of 2009

December 4, 2009

It’s getting to be that time of year when people start doing annual recaps; this year, folks get to have even more fun with decade recaps as well. My very favorite of these – the New York Times Magazines’ Year in Ideas issues – is going to come out soon, and I can hardly contain my glee. 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 of some of our “Big Ideas of 2009”, presented in Top Ten format: Read the rest of this entry »

What Will Alan Mulally Say at the Prosperity Partnership Luncheon?

October 2, 2009

So, like I mentioned, Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally is going to be the keynote speaker at the Prosperity Partnership Fall Luncheon on November 13 (register now before it gets sold out!). And what’s even cooler is that he doesn’t do speeches, so it’s going to be town hall format; whatever people want him to talk about, he’ll just be riffing, like a mix between Phil Donahue and Drew Carey on Who’s Line Is It Anyway (ok, maybe not exactly like that). So, given that it’s open season, what is he going to talk about? Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Driven a Ford Lately?

July 15, 2009

I still can’t get over how cool it is that Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mullaly is going to be the keynote speaker at the Prosperity Partnership Fall Luncheon on November 13.  But it’s not just the fact that he used to work in the region and now he’s in the Time 100. It’s that he can talk about a major national economic shift that has the potential to be huge in the central Puget Sound in two ways: Read the rest of this entry »