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Kent: A City of Innovation

Robots will be used at the new Amazon fulfillment center, one of Starbucks’ five roasting plants is here, and REI is headquartered right in Kent, WA.

April 10th, 2015

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Do you know what REI, robots and roasting plants have in common? Kent, Washington! That’s right. Robots will be used at the new Amazon fulfillment center, one of Starbucks’ five roasting plants is here, and REI is headquartered right in Kent. They are also part of what makes Kent the fourth largest manufacturing and distribution center in the nation!

These are among the many ways Kent contributes to the economy and shows the ways we’re innovative, explained Mayor Suzette Cooke in her annual State of the City address last month. In fact, the Kent Valley alone is home to more than 50 aerospace companies, 60,000 jobs and 45 million square feet of space. Pretty impressive, isn’t it?

But there’s more – the first lunar rover was developed at the Boeing Space Center in Kent, Amazon will utilize robots and drones in its new facility, and former NASA scientists at LaserMotive are working on technology to refuel drones in mid-light from lasers on the ground. All right here in Kent.

Don’t take our word for it though. Come to Kent on April 30 to the Kent School District’s 2015 Technology Expo at ShoWare Center. From 6 to 8:30 p.m., visitors can see first-hand how local kids are preparing themselves for the workplace of the future.

Kent isn’t afraid of the future. We want to be a part of it. Come join us!



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