Chris Green, director of Washington state’s Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness, addresses the Nordic Innovation Summit at the National Nordic Museum in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, before signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Innovation Norway, whose regional director Gro Eirin Dyrnes looks on. Behind them are Norway’s Ambassador to the U.S., Hon. Kare Aas, and Washington state Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop)
Norway and Washington state will cooperate on next-generation maritime technologies and clean energy innovations in both regions of the world, with goals including further modernizing and reducing the environmental impact of the fishing and seafood industries.
Representatives of Innovation Norway and Washington state signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday morning at the Nordic Innovation Summit at the National Nordic Museum in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. It was a symbolic setting — an area of the city where an influx of tech workers has transformed the economy, conflicting at times with the neighborhood’s maritime industry.
Officials cited the larger goals of promoting economic cooperation and trade relations, with a focus on innovations in clean energy, oceans, electric vehicles, data analytics and other areas of technology.
“We are focused, and we are obsessed, and that’s the meaning of this MOU,” said the Hon. Kare Aas, Norway’s ambassador to the United States, echoing themes from an earlier keynote address by Morten Hansen, author of the book “Great at Work,” who addressed the conference to start the day.
Now the work starts #mou @WAStateGov @InnovasjonNorge #blueeconomy #greeneconomy @lisa4progress @GovInslee @theexplorer_no @JoshuaMBerger @kareraas @waltgov @thenordicmuseum #NordicMade @NorwayUS pic.twitter.com/7L2nmbZdXm
— Gro Eirin Dyrnes (@grodyrnes) May 16, 2019
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