Is Kitsap The Next Tech Hotspot? A Case Can Be Made – Here’s Why

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John Powers, Executive Director

John Powers, Executive Director, Kitsap Economic Development Alliance for the KPBJ

Leaders of Kitsap’s technology community will publicly ponder this question at KEDA’s fall forum – Decision Makers II – at Kiana Lodge on Thursday October 26th from 3-6:00 PM.

Join in the interactive attendee dialog by registering at http://2017dm2.bpt.me/ as collectively we answer the question: ”Is Kitsap the Next Tech Hotspot in Seattle Region?” And, learn how your business is impacted by technological advances, and how you can get ahead of the technology curve and the competition!

Having actively participated in the work of the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance’s Technology Committee over the past two years, I believe a case can be made that Kitsap is indeed vying to be “The Next Tech Hotspot” in the Seattle market; here’s why.

First, according to the Puget Sound Economic Development District, Kitsap is home to scores of technology companies; and, ranks second only to King County in two important indices: the percent of our workforce deployed in technology, and the amount of intellectual capital developed by Kitsap based innovators.

Second, over the past few years, Kitsap technology companies attracted more investment capital, per capita, than any other county in Washington State – sans King.

Third, Western Washington University is establishing the first NSA sanctioned university Cyber Security Lab in Washington State at its Poulsbo campus (and only one of nine in the nation).

Fourth, Kitsap County is the first county in the region, outside of King County, to host a Microsoft development office (www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2017/09//18/microsoft)

Fifth, Naval Base Kitsap, and its multiple missions, constitutes the third largest employer in the region; and, PSNS-IMF, the second largest industrial complex in the Pacific Northwest, is chock-full of technologically advanced logistics management, cutting-edge additive manufacturing, and highly sophisticated engineering activities.

Please join us at Decision Makers II on October 26th and up your company’s technology game by interacting with a field of local technology experts including: Ed Hallda, VP Strategic Development, Paladin Data Systems Poulsbo; Nathan Evans, Principal Software Architect, Microsoft Research Silverdale; Dr. Eric Fretheim, Director of Computer Science and Information Security Degree Program, WWU; Brett Eddy, CEO, Eddy Digital; Mike Simon, CTO, Critical Informatics; Bud Harris, Director of Information Services, Kitsap County; Alanna Imbach, Co-founder of Vibe Coworks; and, Dirck Schou, C0-founder Taqtile.

Also joining us for this dynamic technology forum are special guests: Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib – “Washington’s Chief Opportunity Officer; Dr. Joseph Williams, Director of ICT Sector for the Washington Department of Commerce; and, Michael Schutzler, President of the         Washington Technology Industry Association.

We look forward to exploring Kitsap’s Technology Hotspots with you on October 26th.

On Kitsap!

 

John Powers

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