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Scott Jackson, PATH vice president, addresses Washington State's 35th annual Economic Forecast conference. Photo: Carl Murray.

More than 500 business people, nonprofit leaders, and policymakers from around Washington State converged in Seattle in January for the 35th annual Economic Forecast. The topic was the state’s economic outlook for 2007.

PATH’s vice president for external relations, Scott Jackson, participated in a panel session entitled “Economics of Global Philanthropy.” The session addressed the growing role that philanthropy plays in the economy, especially in Seattle, which is headquarters to the world’s largest philanthropic organization—the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In his remarks, Jackson discussed how Seattle and Washington State are emerging as a center for global health, due in large part to the philanthropic support of organizations and individuals in the region.

Moderated by Andrew Bishop from The Economist, the panel also included Rick Beckett, president and CEO, Global Partnerships; Jennifer Potter, president and CEO, Initiative for Global Development (IGD); and Paul Shoemaker, executive director, Social Venture Partners.

Posted January 31, 2007.