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Monday, February 6, 2012

Jay Inslee unveils jobs plan: Building a New Economy for Washington Proposes Building a New Jobs Revolution in Clean Energy

Jay Inslee for Washington

Jay Inslee unveils jobs plan:
Building a New Economy for Washington
Proposes Building a New Jobs Revolution in Clean 


Jobs Tax Credit for Small Businesses & Innovation in Aerospace
and Information Technology All Parts of Inslee's Plan to Build a New Economy

Seattle, WA - Today Jay Inslee, the Democratic candidate for governor, proposed a series of economic initiatives intended to create jobs for Washington State in a cluster of growth-industries, including jump-starting a revolution in clean energy jobs.

"These are the first steps we must take to create jobs and build an economy that further strengthens the key industries of today while also putting us at the forefront of the industries of tomorrow like clean tech," said Inslee, who spoke first at Absolute Aviation in Spokane and then at a MacDonald-Miller manufacturing site in Seattle.

"I know there is huge potential for new jobs, for all workers, all across our state" said Inslee. "Throughout my life I've held many jobs - I drove a bulldozer in Bellevue, painted houses in Burien and represented Hanford workers - and I've lived on both sides of the Cascades. I know we need a plan to grow the economy for everyone."

Inslee's jobs plan, Building a New Economy for Washington, includes a series of proposals aimed at creating jobs for all types of workers, growing small businesses and several of the state's current key industries such as aerospace, agriculture, military, life sciences, and information technology as well as strategies for making Washington a jobs leader in emerging industries such as clean tech.

Inslee's plan includes both short- and long-term economic development ideas for working directly with industry leaders to ensure a world-class workforce by aggressively expanding STEM education, providing a Jobs Tax Credit for small businesses, removing barriers to commercializing innovative technologies, helping support research & development efforts for emerging start-ups, and more.

"Jay has shown a level of leadership and expertise in the clean tech industry that is necessary to help companies like ours become global competitors," said Yale Wong, CEO of General Biodiesel. "These kinds of proposals will help unlock private-sector investments and demand for clean energy products."
Inslee has real expertise in the clean tech industry and even wrote a book, Apollo's Fire, about growing a clean energy economy that Bill Clinton called a "field guide for our future."

"We live in a fast-moving, rapidly changing world," said Ed Lazowska, a leader in the computer sciences industry who joined Inslee in Seattle and helped develop parts of the plan. "Having leaders who understand how we innovate, create, and educate is hugely important to our competitiveness."

Inslee's plan is available online. Inslee will be releasing proposals for education, reform and health care in the coming weeks.

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