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OTED and INTEC join Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative

NWETC expands from 5 to 7 members—a unique 5-year agreement established to accelerate the emergence and growth of the energy technology industry in the Pacific Northwest

For Immediate Release: September 12, 2002

Seattle
- Lee Cheatham, Chairman of the Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative (NWETC) announced today at the Governor's 2002 Economic Development Conference that the Washington State Office of Trade and Economic Development (OTED) and the Inland Northwest Technology Education Center (INTEC) have joined the NWETC. OTED works to enhance and promote sustainable economic vitality throughout the state of Washington. INTEC is based in Spokane with the goal to increase the economic viability of regional technology initiatives by focusing on workforce training.

The seven-member collaborative is a joint effort of business, government, nonprofit, industry, and educational institutions in the Pacific Northwest. Founding members include: Avista Corporation, Bonneville Power Administration, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, and Washington Technology Center -- who share the common goal to position the region as a recognized leader for innovative research, education and product development for energy technology markets around the world.

The NWETC believes that during the coming decades, the U.S. energy infrastructure must make a transition to incorporate innovations in operating strategies, technologies and business models to remain economically viable in today's global economy. The collaborative sees three primary national issues driving the need for this change:

-- The 21st century global economy requires an energy infrastructure that is flexible, scalable and reliable.
-- Concerns about national security and economic stability require that U.S. reliance on foreign oil be reduced.
-- Environmental impacts must be minimized to ensure the highest quality of public health.

Governor Locke officially launched the collaborative on August 21, 2002 in Spokane. "Washington state has the potential to become a world leader in the development and marketing of clean energy technologies," Locke said. "The collaborative will help us ensure that the state's entrepreneurs, researchers and policy makers work together on a strategy that allows us to realize this vision and, ultimately, improve people's lives."

As detailed in the NWETC agreement in principle, the collaborative will invest financial and in-kind support for the next five years to accelerate the growth of the region's energy technology industry. Current projects under consideration are primary market research, identification of intellectual property for commercialization, coordination of research and development efforts, and establishment of energy technology demonstration projects. Additional members from the region are anticipated.

About the Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative
The Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative is an agreement among Washington Technology Center (WTC), Avista Corporation, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute (SIRTI), Washington State Office of Trade and Economic Development (OTED), and the Inland Northwest Technology Education Center (INTEC). The mission of the NWETC is to accelerate the emergence and growth of the energy technology industry in the Pacific Northwest. The Collaborative is a joint effort of business, government, nonprofit, industry, and educational institutions in the Pacific Northwest who share the common goal to position the Pacific Northwest region of the United States as a recognized leader for innovative research, education and product development for energy technology markets around the world. http://www.nwetc.com

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Gov. Locke names new board members to Washington Technology Center

New members enhance statewide representation and strengthen leadership

For Immediate Release: September 3, 2002

Seattle
- Gov. Gary Locke recently appointed five leaders from industry and three from academia to the Washington Technology Center (WTC) board of directors. They join 14 continuing members.

"We are pleased to include these exceptionally talented people with WTC's leadership," said Lee Cheatham, WTC executive director. "The experience and commitment of our Board of Directors directly affects our success in accelerating Washington's innovation economy."

New members from industry include:

Dr. Jon Clemens, president and CEO of Sharp Laboratories of America in Camas. Clemens has over 30 years experience in electronics research with a focus on multimedia technologies. He has been at Sharp since 1995. Prior positions include president at two small companies and senior vice president of Science and Technology at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) International. Clemens is an electrical engineer with a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jon E. Eliassen, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Avista Corp. in Spokane. Eliassen joined Avista in 1970 and has served in a number of positions at Avista prior to assuming his current position in 1996. Eliassen's strong background in the energy industry will be key to WTC's leadership in the energy technology industry.

Robin Halliday, CEO of Rivetek in Bellingham. Halliday has over 20 years of experience in small technology companies, working in business, product and personnel development. Prior to her current position appointment in August 2001, she was manager and vice president of DIS Corporation in Bellingham.

Karen L. Hedine, president of Micronics, Inc. in Redmond. She has more than 15 years in the Washington State biotechnology industry, with global expertise in technology licensing; business modeling to commercialize technologies; corporate finance; mergers and acquisitions; and overall corporate operations. Hedine has successfully helped to finance three area biotech companies and has been responsible for attracting a number of new technologies to the state.

Heidi Schumann, CEO and president of Fluency Group, Inc. in Seattle, a company that offers web-based English language assessment and consulting services to multinational corporations. Schumann brings a strong business management background along with a commitment to incorporating new technologies into education. She has developed and managed high profile international education projects involving local, national and foreign governments as well as the private sector and the media.

New members from academia include:

Dr. Yash Gupta, dean, University of Washington School of Business. Dean Gupta is committed to positioning business education as a key component of Washington's innovation economy.

Dr. Mary-Claire King, professor, University of Washington Departments of Medical Genetics and Genome Sciences. King is internationally known for discovering the first breast cancer gene. She has a keen interest in furthering partnership opportunities between industries and universities.

Dr. Chen-Ching Liu, associate dean, University of Washington College of Engineering. Liu has a broad background in energy and power systems analysis, a great benefit to the region's energy collaborative efforts.

Reappointments:

Frank Armijo, director of the Hanford Program, Lockheed Martin Information Technology, Richland. Armijo's background in both information technology and economic development has been a great contribution to the Board.

Dr. V.S. Manoranjan, associate dean, College of Sciences, Washington State University. Manoranjan has been a voice for researchers and serves on the Board's Technology and Business Development Committee, which reviews proposals for funding.

Dr. David Prieur, chair, Dept. of Veterinary, Microbiology and Pathology, Washington State University. In addition to his strong science and research background, Prieur brings a broad perspective to the Board.

New ex officio members:

Dr. Robert C. Bates, provost and academic vice president, Washington State University. Prior to assuming his position in January 2002, he was the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of microbiology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Patrick Tam, executive director, Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute (SIRTI). Tam, a bioengineer and business executive, has headed several technology-based companies and served as president of the Washington Research Foundation.

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