The Puget Sound tech sector is exploding. Since the ‘90s, our information technology sector created two-thirds of Washington’s job growth, which now represents 27 percent of all jobs in the state, mostly in the Puget Sound area. At the same time, cities are striving to achieve aggressive sustainability goals. With this growth driving our real estate market, are our developments and land use policies meeting the demands of this vital sector in ways that help us achieve our climate goals?
What innovations and strategies should we be pursuing to accommodate this momentum? Where does the tech talent crunch fit in? And how can the public and private sectors work together more effectively to create the sustainable future we all say we want?
Come hear the experts and share your views on one of the region’s major opportunities – to lead the world in many sectors by growing our tech sector. Biographies and more information about each speaker is below.
We’ll be exploring new economic development strategies, transportation solutions, and exploring Bellevue’s Spring District as a real-world case study. Don’t miss this panel discussion on one of the key challenges facing our future. Please join us!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
12:00 – 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Northeastern University – Seattle Campus
401 Terry Ave. North
Seattle, WA 98109
(In South Lake Union)
Information on transit options here.
Joan Fitzgerald, Ph.D.,
Northeastern University Professor and author of
“Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development”
Joan Fitzgerald is professor and interim dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. In 2012 she published a three-volume set of books, Urban Sustainability (Routledge). Her third book, Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development (Oxford Univ. Press, 2010), examines how cities are creating economic development opportunities in several green sectors and discusses the state and national policy needed to support these efforts. She is working on a new book on eco-districts and innovation titled Greenovation. Fitzgerald has also published numerous articles in academic journals and the political journal, The American Prospect. She is a frequent speaker at conferences on urban sustainability and climate change.
Hilary brings over 16 years of experience working on environmental, social, economic and local government policy issues. Prior to coming to Futurewise, Hilary represented local governments, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups on a broad range of land use planning and policy issues. She also served as a local government leader, bringing together diverse coalitions of local, state, and national entities and developing several nationally recognized policies and programs from energy efficiency and renewable energy programs to innovative green building and affordable housing policies.
Hilary is an active leader in the local government and environmental arena. She has served on the Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Board, the Puget Sound Regional Council Economic Development District Board, the City of Seattle Climate Action Plan Green Ribbon Commission. In 2008, she was appointed by the Governor to Washington State’s Climate Action Team IWG on the State Environmental Policy Act. She currently sits on the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council, Puget Sound Partnership Ecosystem Coordination Board, and the national STAR communities board.
President, Wright Runstad & Company
Greg earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University and a Master of Business Administration in Real Estate from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. He serves as a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and sits on its Governance and Operating Committees and is Past Chair of ULI’s Seattle District Council. Greg also serves on the Boards of Forterra, the Downtown Seattle Association and the Bellevue Downtown Association and holds a City of Seattle appointment to its Central Waterfront Committee. Greg is also a member, and Past Chair, of the Advisory Board of the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington.
President and General Manager, Attachmate Business Unit
Kathleen Owens oversees day-to-day operations for the business unit. Her role comprises product development, management, and marketing, as well as technical support, sales, and sales operations. She is responsible for the overall goals, strategies, and decision making that impact business-unit financial results, employee morale, and customer satisfaction. Kathleen has more than 15 years of direct service and leadership in sales, team management, end-to-end processes, and organization.
Prior to assuming this role, she was vice president of sales for North America, in charge of sales success and sales teams including the direct sales force, field technical resources, and sales-channel partner relationships. Having started her Attachmate career in regional and international sales, Kathleen also served as territory manager and sales director. She came to Attachmate with experience in the nonprofit sector and was transportation coordinator at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Kathleen holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.
In recent news, Kathleen was named to Puget Sound Business Journal “40 Under 40” list for 2013.