City Of Pullman
Pullman’s Commitment To Economic Success
The City of Pullman is an incredibly valued sponsor of both Palouse Knowledge Corridor and BTE Bootcamp. The city is actively engaged in projects that foster the economic success and development of our region, including perfecting the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport for example.
When speaking about the Palouse region as a whole, Mayor of Pullman, Glenn A. Johnson, boasted of its ample resources, access to young minds, and an environment “that fosters productivity that translates into success”.
Mayor Johnson has been a proud resident of the Palouse region for nearly 40 years and has served as the Mayor of Pullman since 2004. Mayor Johnson taught at Washington State University and acted as the Voice of the Cougs since 1980, acting as a key member of our community since his arrival here.
Read more from Mayor Johnson in his letter below.
Pullman is delighted to be one of the sponsors of the Palouse Knowledge Corridor and the BTE Bootcamp because we want to do everything we can to encourage entrepreneurial development in this area. We have some great examples of individuals who created businesses from their research and decided that Pullman and the Palouse area was a near perfect fit for them.
I use the term “near perfect” because we still have work to do. We’re working on one of the major projects now that’s a major factor in economic development for the area—the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport. We know what an economic driver an airport can be to a region by providing our citizens with reliable air service in and out of the community. When the project is done in 2019, we will have a runway and taxiway with the proper separation, a wider and a longer runway, and instrument approach that will be the same as Spokane and Seattle to allow planes to land in challenging weather. Alaska provides great service for us now but we are reasonably certain that when the project is finished, another carrier(s) may be here as well.
The airport is a perfect example of communities and the region coming together to tackle an issue that will help all of us but especially anyone trying to develop and grow a business. The two main sponsors are the City of Pullman and the City of Moscow. We’re joined by Washington State University, the University of Idaho, Latah County, Whitman County and the Port of Whitman.
We have had a chance in Pullman to address a number of ways that we can improve the way we serve entrepreneurs, especially those fresh out of college. I had a chance to work with several young business people and heard how they became a little frustrated with the building permitting process. You can’t tweet the construction code but in a face-to-face meeting with all the parties, we made significant progress and got some great suggestions that we should be implementing in the next few months.
The Palouse is a special place for me and our family has called this home since 1979. I grew up in California where many start-ups feel, for some reason, is the place to go to enhance their development. We have businesses here in the Palouse that destroyed that myth and are showing great growth each year. I like to think that the Palouse area fosters productivity and that translates into success. When I visit my brother in the Silicon Valley or I’m on business in Seattle and I have to program a trip that takes normally takes 10 minutes in Pullman and now add a couple of hours to it just so I make my appointment on time, that just doesn’t strike me as utilizing my time productively. Then throw in two land grant universities with ideas sprouting by the minute and you can see why so many of us are sold on the Palouse region as a great location of build a business.
Glenn A. Johnson, Ph.D.
Mayor of Pullman