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You cannot overstate the importance of the aerospace industry to the economy of the State of Washington.
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- Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation
- Washington Aerospace & Advance Manufacturing Workforce Pipeline Advisory Committee
Office of Aerospace
Washington's aerospace industry fuels jobs for tens of thousands of families and travel for billions of passengers each year. In addition to the world headquarters for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Washington is home to 1,350+ aerospace-related business establishments that design and manufacture products ranging from tires to carbon fiber structures to in-flight entertainment systems.
There is at least one aerospace-related company in 35 of Washington’s 39 counties. In 2012, the aerospace industry generated $76 billion in economic activity throughout the state of Washington.
Our public research institutions and private firms lead the world in the advancement of new aerospace technologies, as well, including advanced materials, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), aviation biofuels and space exploration.
Gov. Inslee's top priority is to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in a competitive global economy through investments in workforce training, education at the elementary through graduate levels, infrastructure and continued support of key industries such as aerospace. This support is articulated in the Washington State Aerospace Strategy. Significant progress was made to execute the Strategy in 2013 and specific priority action items have been identified for 2014-15. For more details, read the summary report.
The Office of Aerospace and its director, Alex Pietsch, are charged with implementing these initiatives and coordinating the “support chain” that has been established to grow our aerospace industry with the help of the following entities:
- Washington State Department of Commerce
- Washington Aerospace & Advanced Materials Manufacturing Workforce Pipeline Committee: ensures that workforce training programs around the state met the needs of the industry.
- Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation: a partnership between the University of Washington and Washington State University that facilitates the development of new technologies to keep Washington at the forefront of aerospace innovation.
- Washington Aerospace Partnership: a consortium of business, labor and governments working together to assist in the execution of our strategy and advocate on behalf of the industry.
The Office of Aerospace is a public/private partnership funded in part by the Washington Aerospace Partnership.
- Aerospace Progress Report (PDF) [July 2014]
- The Washington Aerospace Industry Strategy (PDF) [July 2014]
- “About that mythical $8.7 billion tax break…” Washington Research Council [July 2014]
- 2013 Annual Report on Aerospace Manufacturing Skills in Washington [Jan 2014]
- Economic Impacts of the Washington Aerospace Industry (PDF) [Nov. 2013]
- Winning the Future: Washington's Investment in Aerospace (PDF) [Nov. 2013]