Budget priorities press conference remarks

Governor Inslee's remarks at the AWB Policy Summit

Clean Energy

From energy to advanced materials to clean water and recycling, Washington’s clean tech industry represents a wide range of manufacturing, services and products. With low energy costs and abundant clean energy resources, Washington is leading the nation’s transition to a clean energy economy. The clean tech sector helps grow our economy, protect our environment and ensure the health and well-being of all Washingtonians.

Maritime

Washington State’s maritime sector comprises a robust and growing set of industries that support 148,000 jobs in the state and contribute $30 billion to Washington’s economy. Washington’s maritime industry is rooted in the historic strength of our natural resources, our productive workforce, our strategic location and excellent transportation connections that provide efficient access to global markets. It is a diverse industry that includes:

Information & Communication Technology

Washington is home to more than 14,000 information and communications technology companies and 313,100 technology-based workers. Employers include technology giants such as Microsoft, Amazon, Nintendo, Zillow and Tableau. Search and social media powerhouses Google, Facebook and Twitter have discovered the competitive advantages of having a presence in Washington and have opened offices here.

Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce (CERT)

Agriculture

Washington is a leading producer of numerous fruit and vegetable crops, making our state a key supplier of food for domestic and export markets. Our growers feed people across the U.S. and around the world. The agriculture and food sectors are a cornerstone of Washington’s economy in both rural communities and metropolitan areas.

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