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Life sciences commercialization initiative signed into law by Governor Gregoire

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signed into law E2SSB 6015 which directs the department of community, trade, and economic development (CTED) to review commercialization and innovation in the life sciences and technology sectors.

According to the final bill report, CTED is required to report to the Legislature and the Governor by December 1, 2009, on methods Washington can use to encourage and support innovation in life sciences and information technology. CTED must look at ways to increase the amount of regional capital for early investments, examine state laws regarding these technologies, evaluate Washington's technology-based economic development efforts, and review the status of technology transfer efforts at research universities.

CTED must provide a draft report to the Washington Economic Development Council (EDC), which must prepare written observations about the draft report and its relation to the overall strategies proposed by the EDC.

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    Clean technology initiative signed into law by Washington Governor Gregoire

    Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signed into law SSB 5921 which requires the governor to convene a temporary Clean Energy Leadership Council. The Council, in collaboration with a statewide, public-private alliance, will prepare a strategy for growing the clean energy technology sector in Washington state.

    According to the bill, the Council is to submit an interim clean energy strategy and initial recommendations to the Governor and Legislature by December 1, 2009, and the final clean energy strategy and recommendations by December 1, 2010. The Department of Community Trade and Economic Development is to consider the clean energy strategy when preparing its application for federal state energy program funding and determining the type and number of projects to fund, and is to consult the Clean Energy Leadership Council prior to awarding federal energy stimulus funding for clean energy projects.

    "We must coordinate the efforts of alternative energy entrepreneurs and innovators with public and private resources," said Sen. Phil Rockefeller, D–Kitsap County, primary sponsor of the bill. "This will help move their ideas into commercial application and create clean energy job opportunities."

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    CTED and Alibaba.com offer a free company listing to Wash. companies

    CTED (Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development) has been invited by business-to-business Web site Alibaba.com to promote Washington companies and products around the globe. With over 16 million users, Alibaba is the world’s largest B2B marketplace and a great place to sell and to buy. CTED's "State Your Products Program" is a free service for Washington businesses and there will be no financial obligations for participating companies.

    By completing CTED's online survey, your company and the products you post will be processed and placed onto the Alibaba.com marketplace. Participants must be a registered business in the state of Washington and supply all required product and contact information. If you include the URL of your product catalog in the survey, CTED will integrate that directly into the portal at no cost to you or your company. Alibaba.com will notify you via email when your products are posted and you will be able to review your company and product profiles. You will also be able to edit and add images to customize your store front.

    To have your company listed on Alibaba.com, simply fill out the online registration form using the link below. For specific questions, please contact Troy DeFrank at 206-256-6145.

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  • CTED's online survey and registration form

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    Washington State Energy Summit - May 4, 2009

    Play your part in shaping Washington's clean energy economy. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) offers an unprecedented opportunity to use federal "stimulus" funds to advance our state's transition to a new clean energy economy.

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    Date(s): May 4, 2009 (Monday)
    Time: 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
    Location: Washington State Convention & Trade Center - Seattle, Washington
    URL: http://wastateenergysummit2009.eventbrite.com/

    Description:

    Join your fellow business and community leaders from around the state to learn the latest about Recovery Act funding for clean energy programs.

    Keynote speakers include:
    • Chris Gregoire, Governor, State of Washington
    • Matt Rogers, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy (invited)
    • Rogers Weed, Director, Washington State Department of Community, Trade & Economic Development

    Highlights of the full-day Washington State Energy Summit include:
    • Up-to-date information on funding sources and federal guidance
    • Networking and matchmaking opportunities for prospective competitive grant proposal partners
    • First look at the draft State Energy Program (SEP) funding plan that will invest over $60 million in state and local projects for the next two years

    Who should attend? Businesses interested in applying for federal clean energy funds, policy makers, and non-governmental organizations who want to know how the state can use ARRA dollars as a catalyst for the transition to a clean energy economy.

    Contact: Linda Alongi
    360.725.4031
    lindaa@cted.wa.gov

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    CTED releases online guide for small businesses in Washington state

    ­The Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED) released the 2009 Guide for Small Business in Washington State. The comprehensive guide provides entrepreneurs and small business owners clickable access to a variety of resources needed to start and successfully manage a business.

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  • Read the announcement by Larry Williams, CTED assistant director

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    CTED: new director Rogers Weed, and proposed new name Department of Commerce

    Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has named former Microsoft executive Rogers Weed to head the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED). Weed started his new role March 15. Governor Gregoire requested the legislature to rename CTED to the Department of Commerce in order to sharpen the department's focus on keeping jobs and attracting business to the state. The bill to rename CTED has passed the House and is now before the Senate.

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    Gregoire appoints Larry Williams as interim CTED director

    Gov. Chris Gregoire has named Larry Williams as the interim director for the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED) effective January 12, 2009. Williams has served as assistant director responsible for the International Trade and Economic Development Division for the past three years and has been an executive manager at CTED for eight years.

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    Williams fills the vacancy left by Juli Wilkerson while a national search is conducted for a permanent replacement. Wilkerson is retiring after a long public service career in state and local government.

    Williams came to Washington State from the North Carolina Department of Commerce in 2001. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University.

    CTED is the lead state agency charged with enhancing and promoting sustainable community and economic vitality in Washington. For more information, visit www.cted.wa.gov.

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    Due August 15, 2008: Community applications for IPZ designation

    Communities are invited to apply for designation as an Innovation Partnership Zone. Selected communities become eligible for certain state financial programs and other benefits.

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    Take a Visual Trip into the Next Washington

    Next Washington, Washington's economic development strategy, includes numerous organizations and programs partnering to deliver services. An interactive, visual representation of the strategy has been produced by the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development and the Association of Washington Cities.

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  • View the poster

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  • Bookmark this! ChooseWashington.com

    Searching for information about doing business in Washington? Check out the ChooseWashington.com Web site. The site, managed by the Business and Project Development team within the Washington State Department of Community, Trade & Economic Development, is part of CTED's mission to help companies start-up, grow and operate in Washington. True to its compelling tagline, "Innovation is in our Nature," the site offers a wealth of information about Washington's economic landscape including general data, facts about key industries, and links to helpful resources. So, add it to your favorites and pass that URL along to anyone you know who's considering starting up a business in Washington or relocating to the area.

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    Energy Industry Plan in the Works for Washington

    A new plan to capitalize on Washington's strengths in energy resources and technology innovation could soon spell success for our state with respect to becoming a power player in the global energy market.

    The Washington State Office of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED) and Washington Technology Center (WTC) hosted a renewable energy & energy efficiency forum in November 2004 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. The purpose of the forum was to gather input on developing a statewide strategy for Washington's energy future.

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    The forum, which took the form of a large-scale focus group of energy industry representatives, technology entrepreneurs, utility companies, and government leaders addressed a range of topics that touched on renewable energy and energy efficiency challenges and opportunities for Washington.

    The Washington State Legislature has tasked WTC with developing a report that outlines a renewable energy and energy efficiency plan for the state. The report will outline opportunities in the energy technology sector and suggest actions items for capitalizing on the state's strengths with respect to new commercial markets in this industry.

    The forum provided an opportunity for stakeholders, industry experts and technology companies working on energy innovations to discuss the potential to develop and commercialize sustainable, renewable energy and energy efficient products through such emerging alternative power sources as wind, biomass and bio fuel.

    From this session, Washington Technology Center compiled information to create a draft plan for renewable energy and energy efficiency Strategy for Washington. The plan was reviewed and revised following a public comment period in December. The revised draft plan is being presented to the Washington State Legislature in January. The final report on renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities for Washington is slated for public release in March.

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