Washington State Department of Commerce Funds 4 New ‘Innovation Clusters’

The Washington State Department of Commerce has awarded four $500,000 grants to public-private organizations building new “innovation clusters” across the state. Funding for the “Innovation Cluster Accelerator” program will be provided through $15 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce, as part of the massive CARES 2020 economic stimulus bill. The new awards build on funding for five other organizations announced in January. announced and support a variety of industries. Here are the four organizations receiving new funding, with descriptions from the Department of Commerce:

Evergreen Bioscience, led by Greater Spokane, Inc. — is working to make the Intermountain Northwest and Washington State a magnet for companies that supply and consume specialized contract research, development, and manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and medical devices through human resource development and services to pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Pacific Northwest Aerospace Cluster, led by Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance – advances the competitiveness of aerospace manufacturing in the Pacific Northwest through technology innovation, sustainable manufacturing, supply chain mapping, workforce development and marketing. Sustainable Aerospace Technologies and Energies (SATE) Cluster, led by Aerospace Futures Alliance (AFA) – advances aviation’s global fight against climate change by leading the research, development and deployment of sustainable aviation fuels, electrified aircraft and hydrogen-powered aviation. Washington Autonomous Vehicle Cluster (WAV-C), led by the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance – is accelerating the advancement of unpiloted and autonomous vehicles, with an initial focus on the growing need for vessels on the water.

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