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Optimizing the Pacific Northwest Innovation Ecosystem
Bolstering the ability of states and
provinces to drive innovation is the impetus behind the first Pacific Northwest
Innovation Summit to be held September 17-18 in Seattle. Taken together the
Pacific Northwest economy is the 14th largest economy in the world and has the
potential to do even better. The region is emerging as the most dynamic,
creative and fertile environment for innovation in the world. The summit is
organized around four major themes:
Strengthening the Innovation Ecosystem of
Building Effective Collaborations across
Entrepreneurship in the Pacific Northwest
Technology Development, Commercialization and Start-ups
"What's so funny about Economics?"
Yoram Bauman, a
resident of Seattle, received his Ph.D in economics from the UW and
has set a goal to spread jobs to the world through economics comedy;
to reform economics education and to implement carbon pricing.
Bauman performs regularly at Colleges, companies, and comedy clubs
and has shared the stage with everyone from Robin Williams to paul
Krugman. He has appeared in Time magazine and on PBS and NPR
and is the co-author of the two-volume Cartoon Introduction to
Economics which is now available in Chinese, German, Italian, etc.
Speaking of foreign languages, he is also the organizer of the hmor
session at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association
Features - September 18th
"Innovation Across Pacific Northwest Borders"
Brad Owen, Lt. Governor of Washington State
was a small business
owner before entering politics. In 1989, he formed a non-profit
organization called Strategies for Youth to fight substance abuse
among Washington's young people. He was elected as Shelton City
Finance Commissioner and to the Washington House of Representatives
in 1976. In 1983, he was elected to the Washington State Senate,
where he served until his election at lieutenant governor.
Morning Keynote - Tuesday September 18th
"The World's Fair, Innovation and the Seattle Times"
Frank is a fourth
generation member of the Blethen family, which founded The Seattle Times
in 1896. He has been publisher and chief executive officer since
1985, having joined the family business full-time in 1968. He held
a variety of training positions at The Seattle Times until 1974 he
joined the Seattle Times-owned Walla Wall Union-Bulletin as publisher.
He returned to The Seattle Times in 1980 and held executive positions in
circulation, advertising, marketing and labor. Frank is a graduate
of Arizona State University, and has done post-graduate work at Harvard.
Frank is know for his civic involvement as well as his generosity in
donating to many causes in the community, most notably in the areas of
higher education, cultural diversity and health and human services.
Frank is deeply committed to diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion.
His other passions include his family, preserving family businesses and
An outstanding panel of business, education and government
leaders is assembled in each of these four areas to bring insight, provoke
dialogue and offer recommendations for a Pacific Northwest Innovation Action
Agenda. This is not about how regions compete against each other, at the
expense of each other. The objective is to collaborate and come out stronger by
leveraging the innovation assets of every state and province. The summit
is a first step in defining “Innovation Policy Principles” and an Action Agenda
for optimizing the regions innovation ecosystem. To register and become a delegate
to the Summit meeting go to: