May 31, 2012

Senators Wyden and Cantwell to Host Portland Forum for Mobile Applications developers

WHO: Senator Ron Wyden;
          Senator Maria Cantwell;
          More than 30 executives and developers of local mobile application software companies

WHAT:   Forum on the importance of the mobile application industry to the Pacific Northwest economy and job creation.

WHEN:  11:45 a.m., Friday, June 1, 2012  

WHERE: iSite Design, 2030 NW Pettygrove, Portland

(Editors: Senators Wyden and Cantwell will have a press availability at 11:45 a.m. prior to the forum. Also, developers will be available to demonstrate their applications.)

Portland, OR Applications used on smart phones, Facebook and other mobile devices are an important part of the 21st Century and, as a result, the Pacific Northwest economy. Application development companies in Oregon and Washington are pushing the boundaries of technology and propelling economic growth in the region.

Senators Ron Wyden of Oregon and Maria Cantwell of Washington will host a forum on Friday, June 1, 2012, of local developers to discuss the state of the industry and what can be done to help it grow and create jobs. Attending the forum will be more than 30 of the region’s top app developers from Portland and Southwest Washington. Wyden and Cantwell will focus on seizing the economic opportunity for Pacific Northwest job growth around the growing app economy.

The “app economy” has grown from virtually zero jobs in 2007 to support more than 400,000 jobs nationwide, according to a February 2012 study. Both the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton metro area and the Seattle metro area are among the top 15 app economy hubs in the country.