Innovation Partnership Zones
Innovation Partnership Zones (IPZs)
are unique economic development collaborations that partners research
organizations, workforce training, and private sector participation. The
research based efforts lead to new technologies, marketable products, company
formation, and job creation.
The zones are administered by an economic development council, port, workforce
development council, city or county. IPZ are designated for four years and then
resubmit an updated business plan and goals for re-designation.
IPZs cover a variety of industry sectors encouraging cluster development
including: green IT, medical devices, clean marine transportation, alternative
energies, semi-conductor and display, viticulture, water management and
aerospace, a few of the current statewide efforts. The IPZs reflect the talent,
assets and entrepreneurism of each of their regions.
The IPZs actively work with University researchers, developing prototypes with
their private sector partners, providing internship opportunities for university
students, incubating start-up companies, developing critical training programs,
and pulling technologies through technology transfer. All these efforts bring
together industry and the community to develop new paths to innovation.
Find out more about how the
Washington State IPZ Program is designed as a model for sustainable
innovations and new market partnerships through public/private research,
workforce development and the reinvention of industrial properties into market
affordable mixed use business clusters of diverse types.
15 IPZs are designated. The IPZ program is
administered at the state-level by the
WA Department of Commerce.
Read the 2012 annual
Review the current IPZs below:
Snohomish County, Workforce Development Council Snohomish County (2007).
Research in new materials and processes for aircraft production.
Bothell, City of Bothell
Promoting the growth and expansion of the biomedical manufacturing cluster,
including med tech and pharmaceutical companies, through programs centered on
branding, funding, networking, education and secondary industry support.
Central Washington Resource Energy Collaborative, Kittitas County,
Chamber of Commerce (2009).
Renewable energy technologies development, particularly wind and solar.
Industries Innovation Partnership Zone,
Grays Harbor County, Port of Grays Harbor (2007).
Advanced manufacturing clusters with research and development focus on biofuels
and bio-based product manufacturing.
and Digital Arts Innovation Partnership Zone,
Redmond, City of Redmond and enterpriseSeattle (2011).
Fostering an interactive media and digital arts cluster through education,
research, workforce development, entrepreneurship workshops and events, and
creation of a regional interactive media accelerator.
Financial Services Collaborative,
King County, King County and enterpriseSeattle (2011).
Growing the financial services industry through regulatory changes, workforce
education, domestic and international marketing/promotion, and product
Olympic Peninsula Innovation Partnership Zone,
Clallam/Jefferson Counties, Clallam Economic Development Council (2007).
Ocean energy research, technology engineering and development, maritime
deployment, operations and maintenance that will deliver sustainable renewable
energy from the region’s coastline to the region, state and west coast.
Port of Bellingham
Waterfront Innovation Zone, Bellingham, Port of Bellingham
Industrial design, advanced materials and fuel technologies in areas such as
clean transportation, marine and renewable energy
Pullman Innovation Partnership Zone, Pullman, Port of Whitman County
Clean information technology and datacenter technologies, smart grid
technologies, smart farm and smart home technologies.
South Lake Union
Global Health Innovation Partnership Zone,
Seattle, City of Seattle (2007).
Vaccine and immunology research, cancer research, infectious disease research,
medical devices and health technologies.
Spokane University District Innovation Partnership Zone,
Spokane, Greater Spokane Incorporated (2007).
Biomedical research such as computational biology, bioinformatics, systems
biology, epigenetics, genomics, chromosomal biology, and drug discovery and
clean energy technologies
Tri-Cities Research District,
Richland, Port of Benton (2007).
Research in sustainable development, with focus on integrated electrical-thermal
production, solar dish generating systems, and commercial-scale fuel cells.
Urban Clean Water
Tacoma, City of Tacoma (2011).
Clean water research and technology transfer including analysis of water
pollution in urban environments, stormwater management practices, clean water
management applications and policy development.
Business Center for Innovative Partnerships,
Auburn, City of Auburn (2011).
Sustainable industrial redevelopment.
Valley Innovation Partnership Zone,
Walla Walla, City of Walla Walla (2007).
Water conservation and management, wine and hospitality cluster, and alternative