Washington Roundtable Launches Benchmarks for a Better Washington

Our state continues to face significant economic pressures, and even as the recession recedes, Washington’s employers and families still must confront increasingly intense global competition.

Microsoft has grown up here – Washington state is our home, and we want to see the state continue to be successful. It’s clear that Washington needs a balanced strategy, with measurable goals, to ensure citizens benefit from both solid economic opportunities and a great quality of life.

To that end, I’ve worked with other members of the Washington Roundtable to develop the Benchmarks for a Better Washington campaign. These benchmarks track the state’s economic and community vitality annually across 12 key categories, providing clear, independent, state-by-state measurements of where we are and where we need to go.

The idea behind Benchmarks for a Better Washington is ensuring the state competes on both value and cost. We want to provide a quality education for all of our young people; an infrastructure that is safe, reliable and efficient; and a climate of innovation that attracts investment and encourages job creation.

Read more about the campaign goals and priorities here and here: www.waroundtable.com/benchmarks.


About the Author

General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft

Brad Smith is Microsoft's General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs. He leads the company's Department of Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA), which has approximately 1,100 employees located in 55 countries. Mr. Smith is responsible for the company's legal work, its intellectual property portfolio and patent licensing business as well as its government affairs and philanthropic work. He also serves as Microsoft's corporate secretary and its chief compliance officer. Mr. Smith currently co-chairs the board of directors of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and is the chair-elect of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. In Washington state, Mr. Smith has served as chair of the Washington Roundtable, a leading Washington state-based business organization, and he has advanced several statewide education initiatives.