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Washington State Cluster Development Analysis

The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board contracted with William Beyers and Andrew Wenzl of University of Washington and Paul Sommers of Seattle University to use detailed industry data to define regional specialties, develop maps of industry clusters and prioritize clusters for regional development purposes.

The Workforce Board identified strategic clusters at the January 2009 board meeting.

The charts, tables and maps in the documents linked on this page include three types of industries designated as "clusters."

  1. Industries with concentrated regional employment as compared to the nations share of the employment in the same industry (aka "high location quotients")

  2. Combinations of industries with high location quotients and industries to which these "core industries" are tied by large scale sales or purchase coefficients; and

  3. Large industries with modest location quotients greater than 1 but less than the standard "floor" level for that region.

For more on the Workforce Board's cluster development strategy, see Skills for the Next Washington.

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Workforce Board Investment Policy

Statewide Cluster Findings & Conclusions

Cluster Analysis Power Point Presentation

Complete Report (124 pages, 5 mg file)

Targeting Industry Clusters as an Economic Development Strategy (powerpoint by Bryan Wilson)

Other Related Links:

High Skills, High Wages Strategic Plan for Workforce Development

Industry Skill Panels

High Skills High Wages Strategic Fund (Grants focusing on regional cluster strategies)

Industry Cluster Rankings, Reports & Maps by Region

Region 1 - Clallam, Jefferson & Kitsap
Region 2 - Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific and Thurston
Region 3 - Island, San Juan, Whatcom & Skagit
Region 4 - Snohomish
Region 5 - King
Region 6 -Pierce
Region 7
- Clark, Cowlitz,and Wahkiakum
Region 8 - Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant & Okanogan
Region 9 - Kittitas, Yakima, Skamania, and Klickitat
Region 10 - Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Orielle, Stevens, Walla Walla & Whitman
Region 11 - Benton & Franklin
Region 12 - Spokane

Joe Cortright Cluster Presentation at 2008 Governor's Conference:
- Part 1
- Part 2 (1.5 mg)


Workforce Development Area Regions

Washington by Workforce Development Area





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