Thursday, May 13, 2010

Regional Innovation & Jobs Summit

The Washington Economic Development Commission (WEDC) is partnering with Department of Commerce, Office of the Governor, House and Senate Committees on Economic Development and the Washington Economic Development Association for a “Regional Innovation and Jobs Summit” in Tacoma on May 26th.

The event is designed for the state’s top economic development leadership and focused on answering a critical question, “How do we accelerate growth in the state’s innovation clusters and bolster job creation?”

We cordially invite you to participate in this one-day event with regional leaders from business, government, non-profit, research and education. The program will be jam-packed with practical presentations of job creation strategies and break-out sessions designed to foster productive relationships in the state’s “Innovation Ecosystem.”

These summit discussions will be integrated into a proceedings report which will include acknowledgement of your participation. Most importantly the results will be a foundation for the next update of the State's long term economic development strategy and action recommendations to be presented to the Governor, legislature, congressional delegation and public later this fall.

Featured Speakers:
Governor Christine Gregoire, Invited
Bruce Kendall, WEDC Chair
Rogers Weed, Director, Department of Commerce

Keynote Presentation:
Rob Atkinson, President and founder of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation addressing restoring US Innovation leadership in our country and the world;

Legislator's Panel - On the impact of the fiscal crisis on development of economic policies and programs;

Panelists on Talent & Workforce, Infrastructure and Investment & Entrepreneurship—highlighting the latest and greatest innovative projects and strategies across Washington State.

An interactive workshop on leveraging the state’s intangible capital and overcoming barriers for collaborative innovation.

Event Details:
Wednesday, May 26th
Venice Ballroom, Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway
Tacoma, WA

Hotel Accommodations:
Hotel Murano, Tacoma has reserved rooms for the Regional Innovation & Jobs Summit at a reduced rate. Please call: 866.986.8083

More information, see website here or call 360-586-5662

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