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Driving Technology Innovation

Leading the way in economic growth

Washington state has been a driver of technology innovation for decades, with many transformative technologies built within the state leading to significant economic growth regionally and internationally. Several advanced technologies will soon be the catalyst for similar economic growth and global competitiveness, making now a critical time for focus on these specific sectors. WTIA Advanced Technology Cluster will build connectivity and collaboration across blockchain technologies and quantum computing.

Achieving our goals

WTIA Advanced Technology Cluster will foster the growth of Advanced Technologies in Washington, with a focus on quantum computing (“Quantum”) and distributed ledger technologies (“Blockchain”). This Cluster is part of the Department of Commerce’s broader “Cluster” economic development strategy. Key focuses include:

Mapping the Advanced Technology ecosystem

Advancing a supportive
policy environment

Creating
strong partnerships

Attracting and
accelerating startups

Building a diverse workforce including women,
BIPOC, and other underrepresented groups

To achieve these goals, the Advanced Technology Cluster will create forums to convene key stakeholders across the Cluster, build partnerships with policymakers to create a supportive regulatory environment, grow startup accelerators to support Advanced Technology startups, and chart a strategy to enable the long-term growth of the sector.

What is a “Cluster?”

The Advanced Technology Cluster follows the “Cluster” framework, which is an economic development methodology that convenes startups, enterprises, academia, investors, and government to grow an industry sector. The Washington State Department of Commerce has funded five high-growth industry clusters to ensure the long-term growth of the state and region.

About the Cascadia Blockchain Council

The Cascadia Blockchain Council (CBC) will form the foundation for the Advanced Technology Cluster’s blockchain work. Priorities for the CBC include:

Proactively communicating with and engaging blockchain companies and stakeholders.
Providing benefits and services designed to support the growth of blockchain companies.
Advocating for a strong, supportive regulatory environment at the city, state, and federal level.
Documenting, benchmarking, and publishing blockchain application impacts and outcomes—targeted to investors, entrepreneurs, and policymakers.
Convening events to share lessons learned and successful use cases of blockchain technology across the economy.
Maintaining an active database of blockchain-related companies and activity in Washington state.

Press

WTIA Receives $550,000 Grant to Develop Innovations in Blockchain and Quantum Computing in Washington State
January, 2022  |  Nick Ellingson
WTIA was awarded a $550,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce to begin the development of an Innovation Cluster Accelerator…

Washington state Dept. of Commerce commits $3M for ‘Innovation Cluster Accelerator’
January, 2022  |  Taylor Soper
Washington state’s Department of Commerce today announced an “Innovation Cluster Accelerator” that gives five organizations $550,000…

Media Coverage

DatePublicationAuthorStoryArticle LinkOrganization
04/04/22GeekWireCharlotte SchubertNew bill establishes group to recommend policies for blockchain tech in Washington statehttps://www.geekwire.com/2022/new-bill-establishes-group-to-recommend-policies-for-blockchain-tech-in-washington-state/WTIA
04/02/22Cryptheorycrypto mommyWashington passes bill to accelerate state blockchain adoptionhttps://cryptheory.org/washington-passes-bill-to-accelerate-state-blockchain-adoption/WTIA
04/01/22The Daily HodlDaily Hodl StaffUS State Approves Blockchain Initiative Amid Rising Crypto Interest From Local Governments Across the Country
https://dailyhodl.com/2022/04/01/us-state-approves-blockchain-initiative-amid-rising-crypto-interest-from-local-governments-across-the-country/WTIA
04/01/22IT DigestPR NewswireWTIA Applauds Signing of Washington State Blockchain Work Group Bill Into Lawhttps://itdigest.com/information-communications-technology/blockchain/wtia-applauds-signing-of-washington-state-blockchain-work-group-bill-into-law/WTIA
03/31/22Last CryptocurrencyStaffWashington Governor Signs a Bill to Accelerate In-State Blockchain Adoptionhttps://www.lastcryptocurrency.com/washington-governor-signs-a-bill-to-accelerate-in-state-blockchain-adoption/WTIA
03/31/22My News 24x7corres2Washington State Signs Bill to Study Blockchain Technologyhttps://mynews24x7.in/washington-state-signs-bill-to-study-blockchain-technology/WTIA
03/31/22Crypto My FutureKishore HoreWTIA Applauds Signing of Washington State Blockchain Work Group Bill Into Lawhttps://cryptomyfuture.com/wtia-applauds-signing-of-washington-state-blockchain-work-group-bill-into-law/WTIA
03/31/22San Francisco TribeSamuel NdukaBlockchain Adoption in Washington State Is on the Rise as It Passes Blockchain Bill 5544https://sanfranciscotribe.com/Home/blockchain-adoption-in-washington-state-is-on-the-rise-as-it-passes-blockchain-bill-5544/WTIA

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