An article appeared two years ago in the Puget Sound Business Journal about Eastern Washington and the biotech industry. Theroretically, with the biotechnology emphasis at WSU, Pullman could be a new center for that industry in Washington. Here is a quote from that article:
[Associate Vice Provost for Research at WSU Ken] Spitzer says that unlike the UW's impact on Seattle's biotech industry, WSU will probably not create a similar transformation of Pullman into a top-tier biotech center any time soon.Notice that more government handouts and free medical insurance were not listed as issues holding us back. No, we need a bigger airport with more competition for fares and flights, more entrepreneurs like Ed Schweitzer, a conducive environment for private enterprise, and more services, inlcuding retail, to turn Pullman into a "Silicon Wheatfield." The politician that can deliver that is the politican that has my vote.
"To be honest," he said. "the city of Pullman has not aggressively sought to attract the biotechnology industry. The university culture dominates this otherwise small college town. While Pullman is very attractive place to live, its location and small size present barriers for new companies. There is no large commercial airport; no resident venture capital, no ready source of entrepreneurial executives, and limited other business services. A company that locates here must find connections to the university and must employ staff who like living in a college town."