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Press Release (05-26-2011) – STATE COMMERCE DIRECTOR ADDRESSES JOBS AND COMPETITIVENESS FOR WASHINGTON STATE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Photograph Below)

LYNNWOOD, WA (May 26, 2011) – Rogers Weed, Director of the Washington State Department of Commerce spoke to the Lynnwood Rotary club about the state of jobs and competition in the state of Washington on May 26, 2011 at Edmonds Community College.  Director Weed discussed the initial assessment that he conducted when he assumed his current position, discussed the strengths and weaknesses identified from that analysis, and his efforts to remedy the shortfalls.  He showed that Washington State is recovering at a slower rate than other comparable states both in the region and nationally, but was optimistic about the capability for the region to rebound.

Rogers Weed was appointed by Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire as Director of the Department of Commerce in March 2009. In appointing him to this agency cabinet position, Gov. Gregoire said Rogers is a proven leader and innovator. As director, Rogers fulfills the governor’s clear mission to retain the jobs and companies that we have in our state today and attract new ones. His focus is on forging effective partnerships with the business community, with other agencies in the public sector and with the legislature.  Rogers attended Duke University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Computer Science. After college he worked for the management consulting firm, Bain and Company in Boston, focusing on strategy and planning for companies in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and high tech industries. Rogers received his MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He came to Seattle in 1990 to work at Microsoft and managed teams in the Windows, Mobile Devices, On-line Content and Consumer Software Divisions over his 15 years with the company. He was promoted to Vice President in 2001. Rogers has been a board member and volunteer for regional organizations focused on climate change and social services. He lives in Seattle with his wife and three sons.

Archived video of this presentation is available on the Lynnwood Rotary YouTube site: http://www.youtube.com/user/lynnwoodrotary

Press contact for this release is Jim Dougherty email: rotarypr@leaderswest.com

Lynnwood Rotary is a service organization of civic and business leaders based in Lynnwood, Washington. We meet weekly at noon on Thursdays at Edmonds Community College, and welcome guests and prospective members anytime. Our projects improve the local and international communities, this past year including college scholarships for local students, funding of a vocational arts program for the Edmonds School District, purchase of dialysis machines for hospitals in rural India, and much more. For more information see our website: http://www.lynnwoodrotary.com

Rogers Weed, Director of the Washington State Department of Commerce Speaks to Lynnwood Rotary

Rogers Weed, Director of the Washington State Department of Commerce Speaks to Lynnwood Rotary

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