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Seattle, Vancouver seek to deepen tech, economic ties

Political, academic and tech elite of both cities are looking for ways to bring them closer together

Microsoft says it invested US$120 million in its new offices in Vancouver, which opened in June, and expects to spend US$90 million more annually on wages and other operating costs.


SEATTLE and Vancouver are like fraternal twins separated at birth. Both are bustling Pacific Northwest coastal cities with eco-conscious populations that have accepted the bargain of dispiriting weather for much of the year in exchange for nearby ski slopes and kayaking and