PNNL’s Washington State Economic Impact

An exciting message from our friends at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory:

For 50 years, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, known for its science and technology contributions, has had an enduring commitment to the health and growth of Washington state and the communities within it. PNNL and its operator, Battelle, have significantly strengthened Washington state’s economy, directly and indirectly.

For the first time, PNNL’s economic impacts in Washington have been quantified over a year’s time. We are pleased to share these results in the report, Economic Impact of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on the State of Washington in Fiscal Year 2013. The report can be found at and is intended to answer questions we often get from stakeholders who believe in the power of science and technology institutions to help sustain vibrant, educated communities in our state.

The report includes indicators such as PNNL’s funding and total spending, jobs, wages, purchased goods and services, healthcare, visitor spending, spinoff companies, STEM support, and corporate charitable contributions. The results are impressive: PNNL directly and indirectly supported more than $1.31 billion and 6,802 jobs in Washington state as well as $1.21 billion and 6,437 jobs through closely related economic activities in FY13. The analysis also compares PNNL’s economic impact with that of other Washington State R&D organizations and other national labs.

Feel free to share the report with your staff, colleagues, and others. If you have questions please contact Pamela Hughes at