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Jerry Cornfield |
Published: Thursday, May 14, 2009, 11:02 a.m.

Aerospace council takes flight

Gov. Chris Gregoire today issued an executive order creating an advisory council on aerospace. It will carry out essentially the same duties embodied in two bills that didn't pass the Legislature.

According to a press release:

The council will oversee state efforts to ensure that Washington remains the leading location in the world in which to design and build airplanes.

The council will be expected to:

-Coordinate and organize the worker-training programs at Washington’s community and technical colleges;

-Coordinate the research and development programs at the research universities;
Integrate technologies developed at the research institutions into the training programs;

-Manage recruiting and retention of aerospace companies to create jobs and grow the industry;

-Provide advice to the Legislature and to the governor on how Washington can improve its attractiveness to the aerospace industry.

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