SPOKANE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Innovate Washington, the state’s primary organization focused on growing its innovation based economic sectors has hired Tim Priest as the Chief Marketing and Development Officer. Tim has led regional economic development initiatives in Portland, Oregon and Washington, DC. He joins Innovate Washington most recently serving as President and Founder of CMO Strategy Group, a marketing strategy and services company specializing in product launches, go-to-market strategies and implementation. Tim has experience marketing initiatives centered on clean energy, biofuels, food & beverage and cloud technology.
Tim will lead Innovate Washington’s communications across multiple stakeholder groups, as well as identify the next round of scale projects with leverage funding in Washington’s innovation-based sectors: advanced energy, aerospace, life sciences, value-added agriculture, information and communications technology, advanced manufacturing and materials. Tim will work with and for public and private partners to develop funding for new initiatives aimed at increasing the economic benefits of the public and private intellectual property developed in Washington. Innovate Washington’s aim is to make Washington the best place to develop, build and deploy innovative products, services and solutions so that ideas developed in Washington lead to high quality jobs in Washington.
In previous roles, Tim served as the founding CEO of Greenlight Greater Portland and the Executive director of the Greater Washington Initiative in Washington, DC. Greenlight Greater Portland, now Greater Portland Inc., is the regional economic development, marketing and branding partnership created to attract new industries such as solar and wind manufacturing as well as retention and expansion of the current base of companies. Prior to moving to Portland Tim was the Executive Director of the Greater Washington Initiative, the Washington DC regional economic development marketing partnership where he and his team were recognized by Site Selection Magazine as being one of the Top 10 economic development groups in the country based on innovative programs, customer service and job creation.
About Innovate Washington
Innovate Washington is the statewide public-private partnership that serves as the catalyst for economic growth in Washington’s innovation economy. The organization collaborates, convenes and connects innovators and researchers with the entrepreneurial and financial capital needed to produce world-class companies and high-value jobs that will form the backbone of our region’s future economy.