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S P E C I A L A D V E R T I S I N G S E C T I O N T H E T R A D E C O A S T 144 J U LY 2 015 S I T E S E L E C T I O N The Pacifc Northwest's ties with Asian companies and cultures only grow stronger with each passing year. A June project announcement combined with new data from the US-China Business Council in June to paint a picture of the robust economic relationships between North America's Pacifc Northwest and Asia. Territories from Northern California to British Columbia continue to build on those longstanding relationships for the good of their regional economies. In Seattle in June, the University of Washington, Beijing-based Tsinghua University and Microsoft announced the launch of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary education program and custom facility in the Seattle metropolitan area. GIX plans to open its doors in the fall of 2016 with a 15-month master's degree in technology innovation, with an inaugural track focused on the Internet of Things. Microsoft will provide $40 million in initial funding. The new GIX facility will be located in the Spring District of Bellevue, Wash., just east of Seattle. A new 36-acre environmentally sustainable, transit-oriented urban neighborhood being built around planned light rail, the Spring District is close to multiple technology corridors and just 10 miles from the UW campus. "We hope GIX can be a catalyst not just for the Spring District but for the whole Bel-Red corridor," said UW, referring to Bellevue and Redmond, home to Microsoft headquarters. "GIX will create new opportunities for students while strengthening ties across the Pacifc and bolstering the innovation ecosystem," said Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel and executive vice president of legal and corporate afairs. "It makes so much sense," said University of Washington Interim b y A D A M B R U N S a d a m . b r u n s @ s i t e s e l e c t i o n . c o m Within a decade, more than 3,000 people will be studying at the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) in metro Seattle, focused on issues like mobile health, clean energy and smart cities. Images courtesy of University of Washington Closer Than You Think

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