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SNOHOMISH COUNTY: Senator Murray Secures Support for Job-Creating Defense Projects in Snohomish County

Sep 15 2010

Funding will support Armed Forces while creating family-wage jobs

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Defense Subcommittee announced that she has included critical funding for Snohomish County companies in the Fiscal Year 2011 Defense Appropriations bill.  The funding will create jobs and help Washington state remain at the forefront of technology, research, and innovation.

The key job-creating bill passed through the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee today, and will now move to the full Appropriations Committee for consideration.

“This investment in companies right here in Washington state will help create family-wage jobs while supporting our national defense,” said Senator Murray. “This is about bringing Washington state tax dollars back to companies in our own backyard. And the plain truth is that if I’m not fighting for these job investments to be made here in our state, they will go to other states like Texas and California. Our state’s innovative companies deserve their fair share of federal funding so they can hire, expand and provide our service members with tools to keep them safe. I’m proud to have secured this support for local companies to help them create jobs.”

Snohomish County projects are listed below:

Project Title:  Navy Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) Logistics Modernization Initiative
Recipient:       Intermec Technologies Corporation
Amount:         $4,000,000
Location:        Everett, WA

This investment would modernize the Navy’s supply chain management using portable computer technology. This would improve the Navy’s supply and logistics system, thereby lowering costs, increasing accountability, and improving the flow of goods and materials to the sailor.

Project Title:  Advanced Ground Electronics Warfare and Signals Intelligence System
Recipient:       Agilent Technologies
Amount:         $3,000,000
Location:        Everett, WA

This investment would continue development of an advanced electronic jamming device for the Army to detect and neutralize a wide spectrum of threats. This would help keep servicemembers safe in a time of war by allowing them to counter roadside bombs and other electronic threats more effectively.