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Published: May 16, 2008

PNNL director opens new podcast and blog website about technology-based economic development for Washington state

So What? A new podcast and blog about technology-based economic development for Washington state

What do we have to show for $2 billion in research and development each year in Washington state? Industry, universities and a national laboratory are doing great things, but using different methods to move R&D into the marketplace. In a new podcast series and blog, Mike Schwenk, vice president and director of Technology Deployment and Outreach at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, asks the critical question "So What?"

Schwenk spoke at the Washington State Technology Alliance's S&T Discovery Series breakfast on Friday, May 16, and challenged the state's technology and economic development leaders to think about what they want and see for Washington. "Where is our homegrown R&D going?" asked Schwenk. The So What? podcast and blog were launched following his talk. The first podcast is an introduction to the series; beginning May 30, each podcast will feature Schwenk and a guest. To check out the web site and subscribe to the podcast, visit http://blog.pnl.gov/so_what.

About Mike

Mike Schwenk is vice president and director of Technology Deployment and Outreach at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Southeastern Washington state. A vocal advocate of private and public collaboration, he believes that significant impacts come from pairing the best of government resources and private-sector know-how to solve the nation's most pressing challenges. Based on his experience, he's a tireless ambassador for "technology-based economic development" and a proven resource for insight into how to go about it, regardless of size or location of community.

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