The Case for State Investment in Higher Education

September 7, 2010

When you try to make “the economic development case for higher education,” it’s pretty easy. I’m not just talking about the huge economic impact of higher education institutions like the University of Washington. I’m talking about how important it is to the economy for people to get higher education. The Seattle Times put it pretty well yesterday: “More skills or less pay.”

The funny thing is that, while the above argument is easy to make, there’s a related one that’s not so easy: “the economic development case for state investment in higher education.” Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Russian Around

December 9, 2008

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Foundation for Russian American Economic Cooperation’s (FRAEC) Annual Meeting and Reception.  It was, as always, a stimulating and fun event.  Dr. Stephen Hanson, a former member of the Obama Campaign advisory committee on Russia, spoke about U.S. – Russia relations and what the prospects are for that relationship going forward.  Dr. Hanson is also the new Vice Provost for the UW Office of Global Affairs. Hanson’s speech was riveting in how it provided a new way to look at  how the U.S. and Russia perceive each other and ways to change those perceptions. Read the rest of this entry »