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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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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Prosperity Blog Fun with Search Referrers

March 4, 2011

I know this guy who runs a website called Bridge and Tunnel Club, which is sort of an all-encompassing resource on New York City and its environs. Because of the comprehensive nature of the site, it often comes up in the listings when people do their internet searches (hopefully on Bing). And so he made a different website called “bridgeandtunnelclub.com Search Referrers of the Day,” where he lists, analyzes and often answers various queries that get referred to his site. I happen to think it’s laugh out loud hilarious, but you all know how weird my sense of humor is.

For a fun Friday activity, let’s play the Prosperity Blog’s version of Search Referrers of the Day. Specifically, here are some of the most interesting ones we’ve gotten this week:

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I’ve Got Your Epicenter Right Here

February 9, 2011

This post title is only funny if you read it in a sort of “New York tough guy” voice. The other title I was considering was “The Importance of Branding Earnest” which doesn’t even make sense. But the point is this: there is a vital economic development need to make sure that you’re branding your region as a leader in those industry clusters you have strength in. Because, if you don’t, there are tangible consequences.

We think this is true in terms of global health. Apparently, it’s already proving itself true in aerospace.

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Weekly REDEW: Be Yourself on Interviews (Hello Nexus, Goodbye Sherry)

February 4, 2011

There’s only one thing that’s more interesting to the readers of the Prosperity Blog than interesting meetings I’ve been to and controversial thoughts I’m having. Which is random economic development emails that I receive.

Of course, there’s nothing more random than getting a job (at least that’s what it seems like to all the folks out there who are sending out resumes and getting or not getting interviews for no seeming rhyme or reason). And so, when I got my weekly “JobsJournal” newsletter, I could think of no better candidate for the title of Random Economic Development Email of the Week. Thusly, here it is: your “Weekly REDEW: Be Yourself on Interviews.”

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Weekly B-MOW: enterpriseSeattle Economic Forecast Conference

January 13, 2011

For this week’s installment of the “Best Meeting of the Week” feature, we’re going to talk about what I like to call “the most depressing day of the year.” Or at least, it has been over the last few years. I refer, of course, to enterpriseSeattle’s annual Economic Forecast Conference, which starts each year with a panel of local and national economists talking about their predictions for the economy over the ensuing twelve months. As you can guess, those forecasts have mostly been bad…and those bad forecasts have been pretty accurate, as we all know.

But this year, the Economic Forecast Conference had a theme – a focus on a part of the economy that is and will increasingly be a bright spot for job creation and prosperity. And that theme was global health. Which definitely makes it the Weekly B-MOW.

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It’s a(n Economic Development) War Out There

January 13, 2011

One of the slightly humorous/very telling things that happened at the Brookings Chicago Summit was a interesting linguistic choice by the folks from Munich. As I’ve mentioned, on the first day of that event, each of the three Metropolitan Business Plan regions presented on their plans paired with presentations from international regions: Ohio with the industrial economy of Cleveland, Twin Cities with the high talent/quality of life economy of Barcelona…and Puget Sound paired with the high tech economy of Munich.

It was actually a decent pairing, especially because of their focus on aerospace and clean tech. And yet, there was an important difference.  When Munich was discussing their comprehensive economic development initiative, they didn’t use “strategy” or “plan” like we do. Instead, they referred to it as the Offensive Zukunft Bayern: the “Offensive for the Future of Bavaria”!

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A Global Supply Chain for Global Health

December 23, 2010

One of the issues we’ve been tackling with the Global Health Nexus, Seattle organization is how to truly bring public and private stakeholders together for the benefit of local global health organizations. We know that it has to be mutually beneficial, especially for corporations that are motivated by core business issues, but it should also take advantage of those unique aspects of our region, its location and its business community. In the past, we’ve thrown out some ideas – from corporate social responsibility to emerging market business development – but it seems like there’s one selling point that is rising above the rest: supply chain development and utilization.

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Weekly REDEW: The Drug Development Process – From Discovery to Commercialization

November 12, 2010

Another week, another webinar…that’s what I always say. I was never sure why I said it though, until last week’s B-MOW on EDA’s webinar was followed by this week’s email from GlobalCompliancePanel inviting me to a live webinar. Maybe I got this webinar email because I posted last week about webinars. Or maybe I’m just prescient. Regardless, I’m dedicating this week’s Random Economic Development Email of the Week to ” Live Webinar – The Drug Development Process – From Discovery to Commercialization”. Read the rest of this entry »


Weekly B-MOW: Chamber Regional Leadership Conference!

October 25, 2010

As I mentioned in this/last week’s REDEW, the reason that our weekly features are late is because we were at the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s Regional Leadership Conference. Given that, we’ve got almost no choice other than to make it this/last week’s Best Meeting of the Week! Read the rest of this entry »


Weekly REDEW: Rotary, Soccer & Global Health

October 15, 2010

For some reason, our weekly “Random Economic Development Email of the Week” seems to always be an invitation to an event. I guess I get invited to a lot of random events. But I think you’re really going to get a “kick” out of today’s post. Why? Because it’s about soccer!  Well, not about the game of soccer specifically, but about how the Seattle Sounders are a part of why Global Health Nexus, Seattle believes that our region can be an international hub for global health activity. So, without further ado, I give you this week’s REDEW: “You’re invited to a Rotary fellowship event with Seattle Sounder, Sanna Nyassi.” Read the rest of this entry »


In Philly, We Called It Quizzo

September 23, 2010

A popular thing to do at drinking establishments across the land is known as bar trivia (that is the first sentence of my Claude Levi-Strauss homage book, “Observing Wildlife at Local Watering Holes: One Man’s Journey into the World of Urban Young Professionals and Alcohol”.) You probably have seen the phenomenon – groups of people hundled around tables with team names like Don Quizote, Les Quizarables and (my personal favorite) E = MC Hammer² – all furiously arguing over the name of Mary Louise Parker’s character in Weeds (“Nancy Botwin.”)

Clearly an enjoyable, but generally unproductive activity. Unless you’re using the medium to promote global health!

Now, this isn’t a blog post to advertise Seattle BioMed’s event, especially since it already happened, but this did catch my eye as part of an overall trend of increasing attention to our region’s exciting global health community. Read the rest of this entry »


Let’s Move the CDC to Seattle!

August 12, 2010

It sure is a shame that Seattle didn’t have a huge malaria problem back in the day. Not because I think we missed out on our fair share of infectious diseases, but because it turns out the reason the Center for Disease Control is outside Atlanta is that it used to be a hot spot for deadly mosquitoes:

The CDC was founded in 1942 as the Office of National Defense Malaria Control Activities….Atlanta was chosen as the location because malaria was endemic in the Southern United States…With a budget at the time of about $1 million, 59 percent of its personnel were engaged in mosquito abatement…there were only seven medical officers on duty and an early organization chart was drawn, somewhat fancifully, in the shape of a mosquito. (editor’s note: “ha!”)

Why is this quasi-humorous factoid relevant?  Because it’s time that the Center for Disease Control had a west coast office, and it’s clear to me that such an office should be here. Read the rest of this entry »


If Only Someone Could Help the Biotech Community Partner With Global Health

August 3, 2010

There’s nothing I like to blog about more than when I find examples of really smart, accomplished people agreeing with me. Or rather, agreeing with something I also think. Which is why this Xconomy interview with Tachi Yamada of the Gates Foundation got me excited: it’s totally in line with what we’re doing at Global Health Nexus. Read the rest of this entry »


Global Health – What’s In It For Corporate America?

June 29, 2010

The last Prosperity Blog post on Global Health Nexus talked about why supporting global health in our region might appeal to economic development folks and average citizens.  But what about corporations and other large businesses in our region…why should they care about supporting global health?  As it turns out, there’s plenty of good reasons. Read the rest of this entry »


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