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Blue Origin snags big rocket order.

United Launch Alliance has decided that Blue Origin’s BE-4 rocket engine will be the propulsion of choice for its new Vulcan launch platform. The BE-4 has been under development since 2011 and has been vying for the contract for the last four years, completing with...

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Washington snags 7th STEP grant.

Washington State received the second largest round of funding – $750,000 – in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) program. This marks the seventh year Washington has received the funding, which supports export...

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Communities get $2.9 million for rural broadband.

Washington’s Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) is offering rural communities throughout the state $2.9 million in low-interest loans and grants to create additional connectivity to high-speed, open access broadband. Access to high-speed broadband is a key...

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To the moon!

What do Seattle, Israel and the moon have in common? If all goes according to plan, Spaceflight’s first rideshare mission will escape the bonds of low-earth orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 and head for the moon. It will be the first non-governmental moon landing,...

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Bezos announces new foundation.

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos have announced a new foundation that will funnel $2 billion into nonprofits working with homeless families as well as create a network of preschools in low-income communities. The founder of Seattle-based Amazon, Jeff and his wife created the...

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Do we have to say it again?

O.K., we hate to keep bragging, but yet another highly respected research firm has placed Washington State at the top of the heap when it comes to the U.S. aerospace industry. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) scored Washington highly for its overall industry,...

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Safe from the big blow.

In advance of Hurricane Florence, Volvo and Boeing both shut down their factories in South Carolina. While it's tough to get hundreds of new Volvos out of the way of an advancing storm that is hundreds of miles wide, Boeing could take heart in the fact that...

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Recycled boats: Trash to treasure.

It’s been long said that a boat is nothing more than a hole in the water you put money into. But who puts the money into it after years of neglect or worse, it becomes a hazard to navigation? Washington’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is not only looking for...

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Seattle tech workers take on school mentoring.

Booming economies often create adversarial relationships between businesses that fuel growth and the communities that must absorb it. Seattle's tech industry is taking a slightly different approach. Through sea.citi, some of the region's biggest companies - Amazon,...

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When the future came to town.

The dustbin of history is littered with famously bad predictions about what the future holds. And yet, in 1962 Washington State invited the world to Seattle to get a glimpse of the future. The occasion, a world’s fair, the first to be held in the United States for...

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Google goes for the block.

With construction of a four-building development right across the street well under way, Google has announced it will also take the block across the street on Mercer, the current site of Guitar Center and Uptown Espresso. The new 12-story, 322,000 square foot office...

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From papermill to prime waterfront.

One of Vancouver's best waterfront views is getting a $1.5 billion makeover. The Waterfront-Vancouver USA project, a public-private partnership between the City of Vancouver and Gramor Development, Inc., will turn the former industrial site into a 20 block urban...

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