Space hub expands in Washington State.

SpaceX logoWashington State is increasingly becoming the epicenter of space exploration. With over a century of aerospace know how and a phenomenal depth of tech expertise in the state, home-grown companies like Blue Origin, Vulcan Aerospace, Planetary Resources and Tethers Unlimited have been joined by space industry leaders such as SpaceX and Aerojet Rocketdyne to create a hub of space innovation in Washington.

In 2015, SpaceX opened a facility in Redmond, Washington to begin work on a network of satellites. Now the operation is significantly expanding to accommodate increased staffing capabilities and may be looking towards a manufacturing facility in the future. Read more at Geekwire.com

Washington State is pushing the envelope for commercial space exploration and travel. To learn more about the growing space industry in Washington contact moreinfo@choosewashingtonstate.com

 

Gates Foundation supports population health research at UW.

stethoscope, globe and computerIn 2007 the University of Washington began an initiative to compile evidence-based data on health trends around the globe. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE) at UW makes the data widely available to world health organizations and policymakers. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation helped to fund the launch of this global research effort and is now committing an additional $279 million to expand into areas of tracking the expenditure of health resources and forecasting health needs worldwide. IMHE believes data-driven policies and decisions will allow organizations, governments and communities to proactively allocate resources  to improve lives. Read more in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Washington State has a history of pioneering innovation to address world health needs. More than 1,000 biopharma, medical technology and research organizations in Washington are focused on bringing new products, therapies and cures to the marketplace. Supporting this dynamic ecosystem are revolutionary research organizations such as Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Allen Institute for Brain.

To learn more about life science and global health initiatives in Washington contact moreinfo@choosewashingtonstate.com

 

 

Cranes? Washington has the market cornered.

A construction crane next to a highrise under construction in downtown Seattle.According to the folks who track such things, The Puget Sound region continued to hold the lead when it comes to the number of construction cranes in use.

This, of course, is indicative of the Seattle area’s continued building boom, which is unparalleled in the city’s history.  Housing units are finally catching up to office space, offering new workers plenty of options in the future to live near their work.

According to Rider Levett Bucknall, there were 62 cranes in use at the end of 2016, three times more than in New York, even though Seattle is much smaller in size. Chicago was second with 56, followed by Los Angeles with 29. The count didn’t include the 20 or so cranes that are currently dotting the skyline of the Eastside.

Read more in The Seattle Times

Amazon is a one company ‘job creator’.

Amazon logoPoliticans are always proclaiming how they are going to create jobs. Well the old saying, success breeds more success is clearly true in the example of one of Washington State’s business legends. Amazon, the world leader in e-commerce, is projecting to increase employment by a whopping 55% in the next year and a half across the U.S. Read more in The Seattle Times, Geekwire and Puget Sound Business Journal.

In 2011, Amazon had just over 50,000 employees and over the past 5 years employment has topped 306,000 workers. The projected increase by mid 2018 will be full-time positions including software developers, engineers, customer service reps and warehouse workers.

Washington State has been a leader in the digital, cloud computing and e-commerce. Business legends like Microsoft, Amazon, Cray, Zillow and Expedia are revolutionizing their industry sectors, creating jobs and setting the standard for other industry players to build on.

Learn more about business in Washington State by contacting moreinfo@choosewashingtonstate.com

Big data and cloud computing grow better oysters.

view of oyster farm underwater And, how does that work? The digital revolution is aiding agriculture and increasing harvest around the world. The capabilities of cloud computing, digital sensors, AI and advanced analytics are providing growers with critical real-time information to  monitor environmental conditions that affect harvest. Read more in Geekwire.

In Washington State, Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon Web Services have pioneered cloud computing. Across all industry sectors companies are finding cloud platform capabilities integral to their success. To learn more about the revolutionary tech companies in Washington State contact moreinfo@choosewashington.com

Washington State: 3rd in Innovation, 1st in STEM.

engineering research studentsStaying on the cutting edge of innovation and successfully bringing patentable products to market is the hallmark of a robust state economy.  Washington State ranks 3rd in innovation and 1st in concentration of STEM employment by the 2016 Bloomberg U.S. Innovation Index.

States are ranked by measuring six critical metrics. The Index evaluates R&D intensity; productivity; high-tech density; concentration of science, technology, engineering and math employment; number of graduates with science and engineering degrees; and the number of patents. Read more in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Critical elements for this success are a cluster of research institutions, an emphasis on STEM curricula in early stages and higher education, a culture of collaboration and an entrepreneurial spirit. Washington has top-tier research institutions at the University of Washington, Washington State University and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, as well as nationally recognized private research organizations in life sciences.  Washington State business legends such as Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have been setting the standard in aerospace, digital technology, advanced manufacturing and life sciences. Our pioneering spirit, emphasis on research and innovation, and cross industry collaboration has fueled Washington’s long term success and quick recovery from the Great Recession.

To learn more about innovation in Washington State contact moreinfo@choosewashingtonstate.com

Personalized retail around the globe.

latte cupWhether you purchase your morning latte in your hometown or in London or Dubai, with cloud technology the customer experience can be exactly the same. No more worries about downloading a special in-country app for mobile payment or the hassle of currency exchange. And, along with your drink order artificial intelligence will be suggesting food items you might enjoy with your double tall. Launching next year,  ‘My Starbucks Barista’ will personalize your order from your smartphone with your favorite food items and special discounts just for you.

Purchasing your personalized latte and tasty treat will be seamless no matter where in the world you are. Just like your hometown barista, they already know what you want to order.

Relying on cutting edge cloud-based software development, Starbucks is heading towards globalization of the coffee shop experience.  Read more at Geekwire.com

The Washington State tech sector is leading the world in cloud based technology and the development of artificial intelligence.  The  breadth of applications for these revolutionizing technologies are helping to streamline the burgeoning global economy.

Washington State has over 14,000 software and mobile app companies. With pioneering business legends like Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, Washington has become the hub of cloud computing. With globalization of e-commerce, supply chain management and big data analysis Washington State’s tech sector is at the forefront of business in the digital age.

To learn more about the depth and breadth of Washington’s tech expertise contact moreinfo@choosewashingtonstate.com

Human waste to biocrude oil in 45 minutes.

Biocrude oil produced from wastewater treatment sludge

Society produces a lot of waste and finding ways to manage and reuse it has been a robust industry for decades. Now Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA has developed a new process called hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) that breaks down the sewer sludge into chemical compounds with similar properties as crude oil.  The biocrude can then be refined just like the oil we pump out of the ground. The HTL process eliminates the need for drying the sewage before processing which has not proven to be cost effective.  Even the liquids and small amount of solids left after the HTL process have been found to have uses in fertilization and other chemical products. Read more about PNNL’s biocrude technology at SpringWise.com

Washington State research institutions are in the forefront of sustainable and green energy technologies. Washington State University, PNNL and the University of Washington, along with many green tech private companies are finding ways to use alternate materials and methods to create cleaner and more sustainable energy sources. You can also read a recent post about WSU’s current effort to analyze the market potential for biowaste fuels.

To learn more about green energy technology initiatives in Washington State contact moreinfo@choosewashingtonstate.com

Photos courtesy of PNNL and WE&RF.

Boeing breaks ground on new training center.

boeing-education-center-auburnBoeing has started work on a new Workforce Training Center at its Auburn, Washington facility. It’s the first new building constructed on the site in almost 25 years.

The $16.7 million center, which covers almost 71,000 square feet, is a significant investment in Washington and its workforce, the company says. When completed, the Workforce Training Center will provide training to the facility’s 5,300 workers who work in the seven manufacturing units under its roof.

The new facility is the first of two buildings to be constructed on the site. The second will be an Operations Readiness Center which will house critical spare parts. The Auburn site currently produces about 15,000 parts per day for Boeing aircraft.

Read the Puget Sound Business Journal article on the new facility.

More eyes in the sky taking images of earth.

image of earth from spaceAnother company has joined the burgeoning space industry in Washington State.  San Francisco-based Planet, with offices in several other countries, has opened an engineering office in Bellevue, Washington. The company is deploying nanosatellites that create an orbiting imaging system.  The imagery becomes a resource for tracking crop production, urban development, environmental changes and monitoring disasters.  Read more in Geekwire.com

Washington’s space industry is flourishing and companies like Planet can find the engineering talent they want along with the cloud computing resources and data analytics expertise they need. The space exploration ecosystem in Washington State includes major players such as: Blue Origin, Boeing, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Tethers Unlimited, Vulcan Aerospace, SpaceX, Planetary Resources and Spaceflight Industries’ BlackSky.

If your company could benefit from being part of a fast growing space industry contact moreinfo@choosewashingtonstate.com