Editor's note: This commentary was written before the release of the Top States 2015 data. The governor did not have knowledge of the rankings or the comprehensive data.
What do Alibaba, Apple, Best Buy, Google, HBO, Oracle and Twitter have in common? They are all on the long list of information technology leaders that have established engineering offices here in Washington state, the "Cloud Computing Capital" and one of America's top states for business. Nearly every major name in the industry is here to tap our deep creative talent pool and do business in a cluster of tech innovation known the world over.
In addition to renowned R&D resources and a vibrant economic climate, nowhere else will you find a ready workforce with the depth and breadth of advanced skills necessary to tackle nascent opportunities in multiple industry sectors. One in three workers have post-secondary degrees and strong public-private partnerships between colleges, universities and industry ensure a steady stream of highly qualified workers.
As software and automation play an ever larger role in the things we use every day, Washington is an epicenter for this new economy.