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Oct. 24, 2011

Executive praises council for funding King County Aerospace Alliance work

Quick action moves forward competitiveness study to strengthen local aerospace industry and position county for assembly of the Boeing 737 MAX

King County Executive Dow Constantine today praised the Metropolitan King County Council for their fast work to pass funding to support the work of the King County Aerospace Alliance (KCAA). Today’s action funds $100,000 toward a competitiveness study that will assess the current state of the aerospace industry in King County, and report back within 90 days on actions members of the Alliance and region can take to support and grow the local aerospace industry. An additional $30,000 will fund King County’s share of support for the state's aerospace partnership, the Pegasus Project.

“This targeted funding will promote regional economic recovery and is proof that this government stands ready to support the creation of local, family wage jobs,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “I am thankful that the council has acted so quickly to demonstrate that our region, which has the factories, workforce and transportation infrastructure, is determined to compete in the aerospace industry on a global scale.”

The Council passed the proposed supplemental request at their regularly scheduled Committee of the Whole meeting following a press conference last Thursday to announce the formation of KCAA.

The members of the King County Aerospace Alliance announced last week are:

  • King County
  • City of Renton
  • City of Auburn
  • City of Kent
  • City of Seattle
  • City of Tukwila
  • City of Bellevue
  • City of Seattle
  • Seattle Port Commission
  • Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Kent Chamber of Commerce
  • Renton Chamber of Commerce
  • enterpriseSeattle
  • Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
  • M.L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Aerospace Machinists District Lodge 751
  • Renton Technical College
  • Shoreline Community College


    Pictures of the press conference KCAA announcement can be found on the County's Flickr page.