Snohomish County and TVW will present Monday’s Aerospace Summit, “Saving Washington Aerospace” to thousands of viewers in a live webcast.
TVW, often called the Washington state version of C-SPAN, will present a live link from its Web site, tvw.org, offering an unlimited audience the chance to watch asSnohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon and key aerospace leaders develop new strategies toward an aerospace competitive platform.
“TVW’s commitment to airing this program live and in regular programming only highlights the importance of this issue to Washington state residents,” Reardon said. “This is not simply an aerospace issue. Protecting this industry’s 86,000 jobs has a direct correlation to the success of every business sector in the state.”
Following the live webcast, TVW will air the summit in two parts, beginning Tuesday at 7 p.m., on its broadcast station, which reaches 99 percent of Washington state’s cable households, representing about 65 percent of the state population.
KING 5 TV also is expected to present live coverage of the event in a webcast from its Internet site, www.king5.com.
“Saving Washington Aerospace,” co-sponsored by the Snohomish County Executive Office and the Aerospace Futures Alliance (AFA), is the third in a series of competitiveness summits designed to increase the county and state’s ability to compete for business and industry in an increasingly competitive national and global economy.
More than 300 people are expected to attend the free, one-day event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Lynnwood Convention Center. The public is invited to attend.
The primary goal of the aerospace summit is to grow and retain the state’s largest industry. Specifically, the objectives are to:
· Provide a national and global perspective of the future of aerospace;
· Better understand what aerospace businesses need to compete and win;
· Develop strategies to strengthen the competitiveness of the state’s existing aerospace industry and businesses.
During the first half, keynote speaker Congressman Norm Dicks will provide a high-level perspective on the value to Washington state and the United States of having a world-class aerospace industry.
State and national business and labor leaders including Larry Brown, legislative and political director of IAM 751; Michael Zubovic, vice president, Aviation Technical Services; Fred Kiga, vice president of state and local government relations, The Boeing Co.; and aerospace economist Adam Pilarski, Ph.D., senior vice president, Avitas, Inc., Va. will speak about the state of the global aerospace industry and its impact on our businesses while providing clarity on the industry’s future in a new world economy where fierce competition rules.
Second half, Glenn Farley, KING 5 TV, will engage nine key aerospace CEOs, presidents and leaders from around the state in a discussion and debate about the readiness of our aerospace industry’s competitiveness, and the partnerships, resources and support it will take for our aerospace businesses and industry to successfully compete and win market share. Among the panelists are: Glenn Johnson, CFO and executive vice president of finance, Alaska Air Group and Alaska Airlines; Stan Sorscher, legislative director, SPEEA; Randall Julin, general manager, Absolute Aviation Services; and Rosemary Brester, president and CEO, Hobart Machined Products.
TVW offers television coverage of the Washington State Legislature, Supreme Court, executive branch, state boards and commissions, elections and public policy events. While most of its programming is gavel-to-gavel, TVW also produces a number of regular shows including Inside Olympia, The Impact, Legislative Review, The Faces and Places of Washington, and Engaged: Students Becoming Citizens.
For more information on the aerospace summit, to RSVP or help sponsor the event, contact Donna Ambrose, manager of the county’s Economic Development Division, at 425.388.3219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.