Microsoft is big and intricate, and not merely the bureaucracy that was a target of complaints under Ballmer.
When it comes to the economy, Boston beats Seattle solidly, even though both cities are playing in the big leagues.
Elon Musk thought three major trends would drive the future: the Internet, the quest for sustainable energy and space exploration. He’s got skin in all three games.
No American city has found the ideal response to pricey housing, not even much more expensive New York, Washington, D.C., or San Francisco.
The new East Coast competition is spending to deepen its harbors, expand terminal facilities, build new warehouses and improve the ”last mile” connections between ports and highways and railroads.
Amazon, the ports, Gov. Inslee are among the factors to watch as Seattle’s booming economy heads into the new year.
Russia was one of Washington’s fastest-growing export markets. As a World Trade Organization member, it would, for example, cut tariffs on commercial airplanes in half and strengthen intellectual-property protections.
The notion of a sharing economy would find much less traction if the U.S. economy was creating enough well-paid, full-time jobs with benefits.
R&D is as much a foundation of modern economies as capital, petroleum and skilled workers.
It’s also worth considering other ways the world envisioned by the framers of the 1999 Ministerial Conference has and hasn’t worked out.