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June 18, 2018

Independent researchers looked at 41 metrics in every state and DC; Washington’s dense aerospace “supercluster” is unmatched

Seattle — Washington state is the best, most competitive, location in the U.S. for aerospace design and manufacturing, according to a comprehensive, independent report released today by Gov. Jay Inslee and members of the Choose Washington New Middle-of-the-Market Airplane (NMA) Council.

Fairfax, Virginia-based Teal Group, led by Vice President of Analysis Richard Aboulafia and Senior Economist Tom Zoretich, and research firm Olympic Analytics conducted the Aerospace Competitive Economics Study (Teal Report), an analysis of the competitive advantages and disadvantages for aerospace manufacturing in all 50 states and D.C.  The Teal Report employs a rankings system to grade states across 41 metrics, grouped in eight categories, measuring factors relevant to aerospace production, like cost structure, skilled labor availability, global trade connectivity and tax climate.