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Representative Suzan DelBene stands up for our innovation economy, supports STEM programs

By: Tom Gurr, Executive Director, PacTech

In the Pacific Northwest, many of our Congressional members are fierce and vocal advocates for the tech community. Oregon’s Senator Wyden and Representative Walden and Washington Senators Cantwell and Murray consistently make headlines for their tech leadership and are proactive in seeking input from tech companies across the region. Whether we’re advocating for light-tough regulation or freedom from Internet taxation, this region has an accessible, focused and bi-partisan group of federal legislators who get it when it comes to tech policy.

One member of the Washington congressional delegation, U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene, showed leadership and vision recently in a letter to her colleagues in support of House Resolution 544 (Supporting the Goals and Ideals of “Computer Science Education Week”). In her letter, Representative DelBene writes, “The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that in the year 2022, there will be roughly 10 million jobs in STEM fields. Of those jobs, half are expected to be in computing and information technology. That’s nearly 5 million good-paying jobs waiting for those who choose to study computer science.”

With technology companies like Microsoft, Boeing and Amazon based right here in Washington, filling STEM and computer science jobs has never been more important. With the tech community as central as it is to the Washington innovation economy, investment in STEM education and computer science programs is disproportionately critical here. We’re lucky to have a strong advocate in Representative Del Bene in our corner.

To read Representative DelBene’s full letter, click here.

Categories Blog | Tags: | Posted on March 9, 2016

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