AREA OF FOCUS
COMPETITIVENESS

The high tech industry is highly competitive and operates in a global marketplace. The HTC continues to support legislative initiatives that are critical to the ongoing economic development of high technology in SW Washington.

Success:

  •  SB 5725 – Semiconductor Cluster (2003)

  •  HB 3190 – Tax incentives: Semiconductor Cluster (2006)

  • Worker’s Compensation System Reform (2011) 

  • SB 5977 – Renewal of semiconductor tax preferences (2017)

Concerns:

  •  Higher residential and business energy costs

EDUCATED WORKFORCE

Career Connected learning opportunities helps youth understand the variety of jobs and environments within manufacturing, while helping companies build a pipeline for their future workforce. HTC companies are committed to partnering with K12 and the college/university systems to create opportunities from being guest speakers, to hosting internships, apprenticeships, and more. 

Success:

  •  WSU-V Electrical Engineering Program (2011)

  •  Partnership with high schools resulting in internships and materials science curriculum (2007...)

  • Support of SW Washington STEM Learning Network (2011...)

  • Industry Led Career Launch in support of Career-Connected Learning initiatives (2018...)

  • Creation of the Center of Excellence (2019)

Concerns:

  •  Skills needed for current and future workforce at all levels from operator to engineer

  •  Gaps in knowledge of local industry among students and educators

TRANSPORTATION / INFRASTRUCTURE

SW Washington high technology industries including our customers and employees rely on a solid transportation system and other infrastructure enhancements to serve their needs. The HTC shares a commitment to all SW Washington residents to ensure a reliable and efficient transportation system vital to our area's economic health and competitiveness.

Success:

  •  192nd interchange off SR-14 (2001)

Concerns:

  •  I-5 bridge replacement

  •  Widening of SR-14 between 164th Street & I-205

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The HTC values and supports the efforts of our various partners and their commitment to further the economic development of SW Washington.

Success:

  •  Exemption of sales tax on machinery and equipment (2006)

Concerns:

  •  Increase in energy cost

  • Increase in B&O and "C" tax

Southwest Washington High Technology Council

PO Box 871496, Vancouver WA 98687

For questions, concerns, comment - Please contact
Trish Brown 360-885-8410  trish_brown@sehamerica.com

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