Cascadia Innovation Corridor

OUR VISION:

Become the World’s First Sustainable
Mega-Region

OUR VISION: Become the World’s First Sustainable Mega-Region

What is the Cascadia Innovation Corridor?

Cascadia is one of 16 mega-regions in the United States. A mega-region is larger than an individual city or community — it is a shared economic zone, that connects several municipalities. In the case of the Cascadia mega-region, our boundaries cross two states and an international border, with a reach from Portland, Oregon to the south and Vancouver, British Columbia to the north.

A group of leaders in our region aspired for Cascadia to be defined by more than shared economies. After all, we have more similarities than our economies alone. We share common values, including environmental stewardship, are defined by our unique and stunning geographies, from our mountains to the sea, and are known for innovation across sectors and academic excellence.

It is upon this foundation that the Cascadia Innovation Corridor was created. We aspire for Cascadia to become the world’s first sustainable mega-region, as characterized by robust economic growth, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and affordable housing for all residents.

The Cascadia Innovation Corridor serves as the convener for action in service of our shared goal. From ultra-high-speed ground transportation to connect the Corridor, to reimagining agriculture in the age of technology, we are thinking and acting big to manifest a bright, healthy, and prosperous future, and undertake all our work through cross-border and cross-sectoral partnerships.

Cascadia Innovation Corridor Steering Committee members Ian Campbell and Rachel Smith at the 2022 Annual Conference.

Who We Are

The Cascadia Innovation Corridor is guided by a Steering Committee of leaders and subject-matter experts from the mega-region.

Our Work

From an annual conference to the work of our sub-committees, The Cascadia Innovation Corridor’s work is vast, and reflects the shared strengths, priorities, and goals of the mega-region.

From an annual conference to the work of our sub-committees, The Cascadia Innovation Corridor’s work is vast, and reflects the shared strengths, priorities, and goals of the mega-region.

Cascadia Innovation Corridor Virtual Forum: Wildfires and Urban Smoke Know No Borders

October 2020 2:35 pm

The second of the 2020 Cascadia Innovation Corridor Virtual Forum series: Connecting the Cascadia Corridor on Friday, October 9th.

The Cascadia Innovation Corridor has released the Cascadia Vision 2050 report offering recommendations on how the mega-region can serve as a global model for sustainable growth. On October 9th, join with others in the Cascadia community for a conversation on the ideas and opportunities presented in this report. 

With new analysis from Boston Consulting Group, the report examines challenges faced by today’s high-growth mega-regions associated with maximizing opportunity while managing environmental impact, the availability of affordable housing and congestion. Cascadia Vision 2050 proposes a bold approach to sustainable growth by building hub cities on underdeveloped lands and connecting them to the larger centers via high-speed transit.

This report and forum are intended to start crucial conversations about how the Cascadia region can sustainably manage its growth while continuing to elevate its global significance as a center for opportunity, inclusivity, innovation and investment. Cascadia can build a more sustainable future and set a global example by being the first to address these challenges with a cohesive, mega-regional approach to growth.

Cascadia Vision 2050 Report: https://connectcascadia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Cascadia-Vision-2050_Published.pdf

Learn more about the Cascadia Innovation Corridor at https://connectcascadia.com/

Find the full playlist of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Virtual Forums here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1O_s8bg5XhsKoZNe_bdicQVk7bmqKwLU

#connectcascadia

The second of the 2020 Cascadia Innovation Corridor Virtual Forum series: Connecting the Cascadia Corridor on Friday, October 9th.

The Cascadia Innovation Corridor has released the Cascadia Vision 2050 report offering recommendations on how the mega-region can serve as a global model for sustainable growth. On October 9th, join with others in the Cascadia community for a conversation on the ideas and opportunities presented in this report.

With new analysis from Boston Consulting Group, the report examines challenges faced by today’s high-growth mega-regions associated with maximizing opportunity while managing environmental impact, the availability of affordable housing and congestion. Cascadia Vision 2050 proposes a bold approach to sustainable growth by building hub cities on underdeveloped lands and connecting them to the larger centers via high-speed transit.

This report and forum are intended to start crucial conversations about how the Cascadia region can sustainably manage its growth while continuing to elevate its global significance as a center for opportunity, inclusivity, innovation and investment. Cascadia can build a more sustainable future and set a global example by being the first to address these challenges with a cohesive, mega-regional approach to growth.

Cascadia Vision 2050 Report: https://connectcascadia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Cascadia-Vision-2050_Published.pdf

Learn more about the Cascadia Innovation Corridor at https://connectcascadia.com/

Find the full playlist of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Virtual Forums here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1O_s8bg5XhsKoZNe_bdicQVk7bmqKwLU

#connectcascadia

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Cascadia Innovation Corridor Virtual Forum: Connecting the Cascadia Corridor

October 2020 9:50 am

Chris Gregoire, CEO, Challenge Seattle
Chris Gregoire
CIC Co-Chair

Christine Gregoire is the CEO of Challenge Seattle, which is an alliance of CEOs from 22 of the region’s largest organizations who work together to tackle some of our most pressing civic challenges, such as homelessness and racial equity. As CEO of Challenge Seattle, Chris serves as the Washington co-chair for the Cascadia Innovation Corridor.

Previously, Chris served for two terms as Governor of the State of Washington with a $32B biennial budget and over 60,000 employees. In her first term as Governor, she created the Department of Early Learning and led on reforms to the K-12 system and investment in higher education.  Chris led the state in a historical investment in infrastructure including the building of the largest floating bridge in the world and the largest transportation tunnel to open up Seattle’s waterfront.  She addressed the water wars in the state and established the Puget Sound initiative to restore one of the nation’s major estuaries.  She led an historic number of trade missions, reformed the foster care system to protect children, and was among the first to lead in health care reform. During her second term, Chris led the state in major reforms, management, and budgeting to position the state as one of the most financially secure to come out of the “Great Recession”.

Prior to becoming Governor, Chris served for three terms as Attorney General for the State and prior to becoming Attorney General, Chris served four years as the Director of the State Department of Ecology.

In addition to being CEO of Challenge Seattle, Chris is a former chair of the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center and former Member of the National Bipartisan Governor’s Council.

Gail Murphy, Ph.D., VP Research & Innovation, UBC
Shwetak Patel, Ph.D., WRF Endowed Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, UW
Irem Tumer, Ph.D., Vice President for Research at Oregon State University
David Hoff, Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Community Investment, Ledcor
Paula Hammond, Senior Vice President, National Transportation Market Leader, WSP
Rickey Y. Yada, Ph.D., Academic Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, UBC
Rickey Y. Yada, Ph.D., Academic Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, UBC
Molly Jones, Vice President, Government Affairs, Payactiv
Pamela Saunders, Director of Communications & Engagement, Microsoft Vancouver
Laurie Trautman, Ph.D., Director, Border Policy Research Institute, WWU
Matt Morrison, CEO, Pacific Northwest Economic Region
Tom Roemer, Ed.D., Principal, Tioga Communications Inc.
Sonya Doucette, Ph.D., Professor, Bellevue College; Climate Justice Faculty Development Lead
Angela Becker-Dippman, Director, Energy & Environment Directorate’s Program Development Office, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Andrew Hoan, President & CEO, Portland Metro Chamber
Bill Tam, Co-Founder, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster​
Ken Macartney, Executive Director, International Relations, Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat (IGRS) Office of the Premier, Government of British Columbia
Steve Mullin, President, Washington Roundtable
Rachel Smith, President & CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Kris Peters, Chairman, Squaxin Island Tribe
Ian Campbell, Hereditary Chief, Squamish Nation
Mike Fong, Director, Washington State Department of Commerce
Staci Simonich, Ph.D., Dean and Reub Long Professor, College of Agricultural Sciences, OSU Director, Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station
Laura Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia
Dave Robertson, Chief Public Affairs Officer, Port of Portland Co-Chair, PPP for Climate
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