September 25, 2012
McKenna and Inslee on Job Creation
More information:  Jim Brunner, Seattle Times, September 24, 2012 An important issue for cleantech interests–and the state–is the contrast in the two gubernatorial candidates would attack one of the prime problems that our state–and nation–face:  The creation of new jobs.  This issue was amplified again by the most recent job numbers:  August’s unemployment rate rose […]

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July 2, 2012
The Clean Economy By the Numbers
Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed the number of those employed by the green industry in 2010. Green Goods and Services (GGS) jobs were defined as benefiting the environment or conserving natural resources.  This provides a basis that future growth or decline can be measured against. Some of the numbers were as […]

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May 7, 2012
McKinstry Cleantech Incubator Expanding
McKinstry is adding an 18,000 square feet of space and a conference center to its Innovation Center in Seattle.  The company recently opened an additional 38,000-square-foot center in Spokane. “Our vision was to create a springboard for the green economy – from clean tech innovations, to the education sector,” said McKinstry CEO Dean Allen. “We […]

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April 30, 2012
2012 UW Business Plan Competition Features Cleantech
Thirty-six teams representing colleges and universities across the state competed in the UW Business Plan Competition Investment Round.   The sixteen semifinalists included several cleantech business plans: GroBox, UW: Aims to make it super easy to grow your own fruits and vegetables in a small amount of space. LumiSands, UW: Develops revolutionary nano-particle color enhancer […]

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April 30, 2012
Washington State Department of Commerce Announces IPZ Grants
The Washington State Department of Commerce announces $13.5 million in funding for five Innovation Partnership Zones (IPZ) to foster economic growth.  More than $8 million went to cleantech initiatives.  “IPZs are engines of job creation at the local level,” said Bruce Kendall, president of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County.  “This program is incredibly […]

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April 23, 2012
WA Dept of Commerce Leads Cleantech Delegation to Germany
Source:  Washington State Department of Commerce Press Release, April 19, 2012. Featuring Washington-based cleantech companies Hydrovolts, B&G Machine, Greenwood Clean Energy, Enertechnix, and Demand Energy, the state Department of Commerce is leading a group to the “colossal” Hannover Messe–a 1,300 acre business fair featuring 300,000 attendees and 16,500 exhibits.  The fair takes place from April […]

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April 19, 2012
Is There a Cleantech Federal Funding Cliff?
According to Mark Muro of the Brooking Institute and colleagues at the Breakthrough Institute and the World Resources Institute, “In the absence of significant and timely energy policy reform, the recent boom in US clean tech sectors could falter.”  The authors of a new report entitled Beyond Boom and Bust: Putting Clean Tech On a […]

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April 17, 2012
Green Job Growth: 2.4% of the US Work Force
Source:  Richard Florida, Atlantic Cities, March 26, 2012. A new report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that in 2010, 2.4 percent of US workers were employed in green goods and services.  That translates into 3.1 million total jobs of which three quarters are in the private sector (2.3 million). Washington state ranks […]

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April 17, 2012
UW Launches 'Ideas to Impact'
University of Washington President Michael Young has announced a three-part initiative focused on “Ideas to Impact,” or “i2i.” The key components from President Young’s communication are: Drive our economic future.  Our first area of focus is on accelerating our research commercialization efforts. Overall, more than 260 companies have been founded based on UW research. But […]

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April 16, 2012
Powerit Solutions Raises $3 Million
Source:  John Cook, Geekwire, April 10, 2012. Powerit Solutions has raised $3 million in fresh funding.  The company plans to enhance product development and increase sales and marketing.  More than 2,000 customers use the Powerit system, including Ikea, Dannon, Pacific Steel Castings, and others.  Powerit Solutions is a 10-year-old company in Seattle that helps large […]

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