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Update from State Relations: September 2016

September was a busy month for the State Relations office, starting with the arrival of our new director, Bernard Dean, on September 1. He has been busy learning about UW’s programs and meeting with as many students, faculty, and staff as possible prior to the start of the 2017 legislative session in Olympia.

Here are a few highlights from last month:

On September 13, President Cauce spoke at the Association of Washington Business 2016 Policy Summit with Washington State University President Kirk Schulz. You can watch their discussion on TVW, starting at the 5:45 minute mark.

On September 23, the university celebrated the cornerstone laying for the new home of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) in Bellevue. The event was well attended, and included Governor Inslee, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Tsinghua University President Yong Qiu and many others. Learn more about the unique partnership between UW and Tsinghua University here.

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President Cauce at GIX cornerstone laying celebration.


September 26 was moving day for the State Relations team in Olympia. You can find our new office space at:

410 11th Ave SE, Suite 103 Olympia, WA 98501

If you are visiting the capitol during the next legislative session, be sure to say hello!

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