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Published on March 12, 2008

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STEP Conference Regina, Sept. 16-18, 2001:  STEP Conference Regina, Sept. 16-18, 2001 High technology sectors in the Pacific northwest Rod Johnson Canadian Consulate General Seattle, WA Our Territory:  Our Territory Washington Oregon Idaho Alaska Think About the I-5 Corridor:  Think About the I-5 Corridor Blaine, Washington to Eugene, Oregon Over 6.5 million population base Affluent and well educated consumers Robust economy Ease of transport and communication Not to Forget Some Key Regional Centres…:  Not to Forget Some Key Regional Centres… Spokane, WA Boise, ID Anchorage, AK U.S.-Canada Trade in High-Tech Products:  U.S.-Canada Trade in High-Tech Products Information Technologies and Telecommunications:  Information Technologies and Telecommunications Slide10:  Seattle, home of: Microsoft,, RealNetworks, WRQ, Corbis, Onyx and Boeing Slide11:  Portland, home of: Techtronics, GST Telco, LSI Logic, Creative Media Development and MedicaLogic Slide12:  Pacific NorthWest is still a viable option: Seattle ranks 3rd in US of places for new technology business 2.3:1 ratio of job openings in Seattle for tech workers vs. the graduates produced by WA State Colleges Despite slowdown, many companies still expanding, developing and outsourcing Slide13:  WA State high-tech industry employment projected to grow 26% from 2000 – 2002 with a need for over 12,000 new technically trained professionals The Software and Internet industries as of Sept. 2000 still employed nearly 61,000 workers in WA State Slide14:  Seattle PI of 8/7/01 reports that the city of Seattle is 8th in US high-tech employment with approx. 174,900 jobs (aerospace, IT, software, medical devices…) 11,500 layoffs in the tech sector thus far in 2001, some from notable high-tech powers, Realnetworks, Webvan and Slide15:  WA State K-20 school system entirely connected to Internet2 System (next generation research and education network) Seattle ranks as one of the most-connected cities in the US (based on internet access and high-speed connections) Slide16:  WA State companies registered over 1,500 high-tech related patents between 1995-99 WA State ranks #1 of all US States in the creation of new companies, many of these companies are in the high-tech sectors of software, aerospace and communications Slide17:  WA State high-tech industry employment projected to grow 26% from 2000 – 2002 with a need for over 12,000 new technically trained professionals Slide18:  WA State ranks #1 for average technology job wages (1996 – 1998) WA State high-tech revenues for 2000 estimated at $30 billion (not including aerospace) WA State companies paid high-tech workers $11.8 billion in 2000 Slide19:  Pacific Northwest Resources: Washington Software Alliance Software Association of Oregon Economic Development Council Slide20:  Oregon Entrepreneur Forum Northwest Venture Group TechViews Seattle Helpful websites:  Helpful websites Washington Software Alliance The Technology Alliance Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle Software Association of Oregon Areas of Opportunity:  Areas of Opportunity Software for hightech sectors such as biotech/medical R&D Software co-development Contract R&D Informatics and Avionics for aerospace sector Multi media In general, there is opportunity for competitive, innovative, leading edge technologies Contact Information, ICT:  Contact Information, ICT Brian Vescovi, Business Development Officer Canadian Consulate General, Seattle 412 Plaza 600, Sixth & Stewart Seattle, WA 98101 Tel: 206-770-4076/Fax: 206-443-9735 E-mail: Aerospace:  Aerospace Facts and figures:  US$28 billion income for Washington state 500+ companies Boeing #1 exporter in the US Facts and figures Changes at Boeing:  Changes at Boeing Reorganization and layoffs since 1998 Effect on Boeing operations Rationalization, streamlining of production facilities Headquarters move - Chicago Boeing a global company Effect on Suppliers:  Effect on Suppliers HQ move will have minimal effect Mergers, acquisitions, alliances Seeking other opportunities Optimism re long-term health of Boeing and industry Integration at Boeing Consolidation of direct supplier base Move towards system integrators Opportunities for second and third tier suppliers Importance of partnerships What’s to come?:  What’s to come? Emphasis on Space and Military Divisions Creation of new business units Positive outlook for medium to long term Forecast for continued growth Competition from Airbus Battle for market share, new aircraft models Where are the New Opportunities?:  Where are the New Opportunities? Joint Strike Fighter Offset programs First Tier Suppliers Report on Boeing First Tier Suppliers in WA Global parts trading network (Exostar) Aerospace North America September 10-14, 2001 in Seattle Helpful websites:  Helpful websites The Boeing Company -- Exostar – Washington Aerospace Alliance -- Northwest Aerospace Association -- Aerospace North America – Canadian Consulate General, Seattle -- Contact Information, Aerospace:  Contact Information, Aerospace Martine Moreau, Trade Commissioner Canadian Consulate General, Seattle 412 Plaza 600, Sixth & Stewart Seattle, WA 98101 Tel: 206-770-4078/Fax: 206-443-9735 E-mail: Biotechnology and Medical Technology Industries:  Biotechnology and Medical Technology Industries Overview:  Overview 170 companies 41% formed within last 5 years 10 new companies formed in 2000 – nearly half focused on genomics and informatics Total employment in Washington 15,800 9,000 in biotech 6890 in medical technology Of all companies::  Of all companies: 51% on R&D of therapeutic products / 26% on diagnostics 7% on genomics / informatics 6% on plant, agricultural and animal subjects 1% natural resources 9% other, including contract mfrg, and genetic testing Leading edge research:  Leading edge research University of Washington Washington State University Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Virginia Mason Research Center Websites:  Websites Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association Oregon Bioscience Association Biotechnology Industry Organization Contact Info, Biotech and Medical:  Contact Info, Biotech and Medical Jane Shaw, Business Development Officer Canadian Consulate General, Seattle 412 Plaza 600, Sixth & Stewart Seattle, WA 98101 Tel: 206-770-4081/Fax: 206-443-9735 E-mail:

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