Gov. Inslee statement on Federal Aviation Administration's announcement regarding new Center of Excellence at Washington State University

September 13, 2013

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Gov. Jay Inslee's statement regarding the Federal Aviation Administration's announcement that Washington State University will co-lead a coalition of 16 university partners around the country in being home to a Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment

"Given our combination of vibrant agriculture and aerospace know-how, Washington is in a unique position to lead the world in the advancement of new technologies that enable a viable market for aviation biofuels. Winning this research center was an important element of our Washington Aerospace Industry Strategy. I am thrilled that the FAA has recognized our competitive potential and the excellence of WSU in establishing this center here.

 "This is a step towards seizing the opportunity to create jobs in Washington by growing, processing, refining and deploying advanced biofuels at commercial scale."

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