WA Legislative Update: House of Origin Fiscal Cutoff date reached

News on 27 Feb , 2017
This past Friday was the Washington State Legislature’s House of Origin Fiscal Cutoff. Fiscal cutoff is the last day bills can be voted out of fiscal committees in their respective chamber of origin. Here you can find a link to bills that have passed House of Origin Fiscal Cutoff.  Bills that did not make it out of committee this past Friday while not necessarily “dead”, are unlikely to receive an...

December 2016 unemployment rate 3.9%, a 20-year low; Q3 retail sales up 7.8%

News on 27 Feb , 2017
EASC's January Economic Indicators dashboard, updated to December 2016 data, reflects an overall strong economy heading into 2017. The December 2016 unemployment rate was 3.9% for Snohomish County, which is the lowest December rate since 1997, which was 3.8%.  The December 2015 rate was 5%. This is reflected by strong workforce and employment growth. The workforce grew 2.87% Dec 2015-2016, whi...

Aerospace Technology and Innovation happens here

News on 13 Feb , 2017
By Matt Smith, Director, Industry & Resource Development Historically, the phrase “high-technology” has been attributed to computer technology (hard and software), communications, e-commerce, medical device and numerous other business sectors. Outside our industry, aerospace has not been considered in high-tech discussions (due to a lack of understanding) yet aerospace has been a practition...

EASC to attend JEC World in Europe next month

News on 8 Feb , 2017
JEC Paris is the premier international conference/trade show for the composites industry.  It is the place to understand the breadth of the industry, from technologies to suppliers.  EASC has identified composites as part of our diversification strategy and will be meeting with companies that are considering establishing operations in the US.  The WA State Dept. of Commerce is organizing a State p...

Modumental joins the CleanTech 100

News on 7 Feb , 2017
Modumetal is a developer and manufacturer of nanolaminated metals and materials with applications across a range of industries including energy, infrastructure, aerospace and automotive.  Their headquarters is in Seattle, supported by an R&D facility in Maltby.  They have recently been named a member of the  2017 Global Cleantech 100, produced by the Cleantech Group.  The Cleantech 100 h...

Snohomish County life sciences industry in the media

News on 6 Feb , 2017
Activities in the life science cluster in Bothell often occur under the radar.  In the past two weeks, that radar has found three noteworthy stories worthy of coverage.  Seattle Genetics (located in Bothell with 700 employees) works on cancer therapies and has been covered twice by the Puget Sound Business Journal (subscription required).  Philips Healthcare, working on ultrasound with 2000 Bothel...

Everett Clinic expands into Edmonds

News on 9 Jan , 2017
The Everett Clinic, an EASC investor, announced this month that it will open an outpatient surgery center and urgent care walk-in clinic on Monday, January 16. The new surgery and specialty center will be located at 21401 72nd Ave. W. in Edmonds. "The surgery and specialty center in Edmonds is a wonderful complement to our enhanced primary care clinic that recently opened in Shoreline," said Ch...

EASC helps kick-off legislative session

News on 6 Jan , 2017
Last Thursday, EASC hosted, in partnership with the Port of Everett, Snohomish County, Snohomish County Cities, and Snohomish County Committee for Improved Transportation, the 2017 Legislative Kick-off Breakfast at Everett Public Schools' Community Resource Center. A capacity crowd of almost 100 attendees got to hear EASC President and CEO speak about our region's 2017 Regional Policy Prioritie...

Seattle Genetics has big plans for 2017

News on 18 Dec , 2016
As Bothell's Seattle Genetics surpasses 900 employees and continues its growth, the local biotechnology firm looks to add as many as 200 employees next year. Seattle Genetics is most known for its drug Adcetris, which treats Hodgkin Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. The biotech firm has already hit $400 million in revenue for 2016 and suggest that t...

EASC joins Association of Washington Business in D.C.

News on 14 Dec , 2016
EASC CEO Patrick Pierce joined about two dozen regional leaders in a visit to the nation's capitol, organized by Association of Washington Business (AWB), visiting with nearly every member of Washington State's Congressional Delegation. The delegation also had meetings with Senator Maria Cantwell and Senator Patty Murray's staff. Topics covered with lawmakers, industry groups and other leaders inc...