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New Regional Effort Aims to Establish Cascadia Innovation Corridor



New Regional Effort Aims to Establish Cascadia Innovation Corridor

British Columbia and Washington leaders come together to strengthen collaboration, create cross-border opportunity

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, September 20, 2016 – The creation of a new global hub for innovation and economic development is the focus of a conference being held today in Vancouver.  

The Emerging Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference brings together business and government leaders to explore the potential for joint partnerships in education, transportation, university research, human capital and other areas. The conference is jointly hosted by the Business Council of British Columbia, the Washington Roundtable and Microsoft Corp.

Leaders on both sides of the border acknowledged the opportunity to create a single interconnected region that could be more competitive in today’s global economy and took immediate action today to deepen relationships and strengthen partnerships. 

At the conference, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark signed a formal agreement that committed the two governments to work closely together to "enhance meaningful and results-driven innovation and collaboration." The agreement outlines formal steps the two governments will take to collaborate in several key areas including trade, research, transportation and education. 

In addition, the BC Cancer Agency, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance agreed to develop a new "master collaboration agreement" expanding patient access to care and clinical trials, advancing immunotherapy, enabling research collaboration, and providing better training opportunities for young scientists and researchers.

Seattle and Vancouver, the two cities at the heart of the new initiative, share a number of complementary strengths. These include a high quality of life, diverse communities, skilled and well-educated workforces, and strong economic and social ties to Asia. And yet, according to a new Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study released at the conference, the level of connectedness between the two cities remains remarkably low for two cities so close together. While only 120 miles or 190 kilometers apart they behave more like cities that are thousands of miles apart. [Read More...]



White Paper
Better Together: The Cascadia Innovation Corridor Opportunity
The Boston Consulting Group

Working Paper
Cascadia High-Speed Rail Opportunity
David J Carol, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff

White Paper:
Innovation for Jobs and Productivity:
Fostering High-Growth BC Businesses, Creating More High-Paying Jobs
Jock Finlayson, Business Council of British Columbia

Conference Partner News Release [PDF]
New Regional Effort Aims to Establish Cascadia Innovation Corridor

Province of British Columbia and Washington State Memorandum of Understanding
News Release: Province of British Columbia
News Release: Washington State

Blog: An idea whose time has come: A new Cascadia Innovation Corridor connecting Vancouver and Seattle
Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft

NEW BLOG: Next Generation Washington: Our perspective on this year's state legislative agenda (Includes update on Cascadia Corridor Initiative)
Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft
January 12, 2017


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