Weekly B-MOW: Interactive Media Industry Cluster Tour

June 6, 2011

It’s always a good day to get out of the office and learn something new. It’s especially a good day when you’re learning about something that is creating huge economic impact for our region’s economy. And it’s a real winner when something that’s creating lots of new jobs in the region is also cool and fun…like video games. Put that all together and what do you get? Seems like a Best Meeting of the Week to me. Join me for a tour down memory lane of last Friday’s fantastic Interactive Media Industry Cluster Tour!

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Weekly FWSR: Fast Cars, Fun Games and Meat-related Typos

May 16, 2011

It’s time once again for my personal favorite feature at the Prosperity Blog: Fun With Search Referrers! It allows us to talk about the issues we care about in a concise, poignant and sometimes hilarious way. How is that different than every Prosperity Blog post you ask? Well thank you for the compliment! Did I mention that you look like you’ve lost some weight?

Anyway, here’s the latest Fun with Search Referrers, featuring fast cars, fun games and meat-related typos.

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Games: Not Just For Fun Anymore

May 3, 2011

Well, I suppose that games haven’t been exclusively fun for a while. The military engages in “war games,” which are only entertaining if starring Matthew Broderick. And I don’t suppose the two incarcerated people in “the prisoners dilemma” think that game theory is a laugh-a-minute riot (although this clip from the British game show Golden Balls based on that concept is highly amusing).

But generally, when we think of games – particularly video games – we think enjoyment. So what if I told you that video games aren’t all, um, “fun and games” anymore? Would you say, “Well, I’d have to see that for myself!”? If so, then you’re in luck, because the next Prosperity Partnership Industry Cluster Tour is coming up on June 3, and it’s focused on the interactive media cluster!

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Weekly B-MOW: Fashion & Apparel Industry Cluster Tour

April 16, 2011

When we started doing the Prosperity Partnership “industry cluster tours” three years ago – every three months, getting 30-40 business, government and community leaders on a bus for a day-long exploration of a different industry in our region – I had a key organizing principle for how I selected our tour stops: the “I’ve Always Wanted to Go There” rule. It was under the assumption that everyone knew about our various assets in clusters like aerospace, IT and life sciences, but had never had the opportunity and/or the access to go see them. And so, we got behind the scenes tours of Boeing factories or Seattle BioMed’s “insectarium” or REI’s logistics center in Sumner.

But now that we’ve done tours of the major industries in our region, we’ve moved into a new rule of thumb: the “I Had No Idea This Was Here” principle. That was the case back in December when we did a day-long bus tour of the specialty foods industry (stopping at places like Green Mountain Coffee’s robotic coffee packaging facility). And it was absolutely the case last week when we did our latest industry cluster tour…on the stunningly significant fashion & apparel cluster in our region.

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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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Dressing Up in the Puget Sound

March 15, 2011

Man, I don’t even have to write a pun headline for that title. I mean, did I ever tell you about the time I was at the Seattle Symphony, sitting next to a guy in a bright green sweatsuit? To be fair, it was St. Patrick’s Day, but still…folks around here are much more likely to be seen at Canlis in jeans and Gore-Tex than rocking a Mad Men style.

But, shockingly perhaps, we actually have a pretty significant fashion & apparel industry cluster here in the region. And, if you’re interested, I’d be happy to take you on a bus tour of it.

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Watch the Specialty Foods Industry Cluster Tour Panel Discussion!

December 20, 2010

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:

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