November 9, 2015
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It's Time! Join leading manufacturers this Thursday in SeaTac at AWB's 2015 Manufacturing Summit

Washington is home to some of the most innovative manufacturing operations – from drones and Washington State University’s Mars Rover Project to hard cider and cutting-edge sports mouthguard technology to better protect athletes.

This week we'll get to meet many of the key names in Washington's 21st century manufacturing economy at the 2015 AWB Manufacturing Summit, which will be held this Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Crowne Plaza in SeaTac. The summit is presented by RSM, formerly McGladrey. The full day’s agenda is available here.

With so much changing in the manufacturing sector, this is the chance to see what areas are growing and how the old notion of manufacturing is obsolete. There is still time to register, so reserve your spot today.

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Children Need Options

Parent Perspective: Making A Non-Political Case For Charter Schools

By Linda Sikora

I know there are funding issues and administration issues and legislative issues and union issues... all the "yeah buts" that people stake their positions on so vehemently. Here's my "yeah but" -- I wish we could channel that passion differently, I wish the "opposed" people could have the experience I had today... to see a child's eyes light up and watch her confidence emerge. It was one of those soft, seminal moments in my life. In that moment, I knew this child's life, her trajectory, could completely change. Sometimes, the biggest changes start small -- one child at a time, one school at a time. We can figure this out, people.

Please don't close these schools.

Click here to read the full blog post via the Washington State Charter School Association
Reauthorize Ex-Im Bank

Businesses Languishing Without Ex-Im Bank; Congress, Reauthorize It

By The Seattle Times editorial Board

Hilliard's Beer is gaining popularity in Sweden, where the Seattle-based brewery planned to expand sales this year. It has also received interest from distributors in Toronto and London.

Those opportunities are now on hold since Congress failed to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank last summer.

Elected leaders must end the ideological battle over Ex-Im and revive this vital tool for U.S. companies to grow exports overseas.

Hilliard's Beer is one of hundreds of exporters that used Ex-Im to secure loan guarantees and credit insurance for international sales. The shutdown has resulted in more than $9 billion worth of deals lost, said U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

A lot more is at stake -- last year the bank completed $27.4 billion in transactions and supported 164,000 U.S. jobs.

Click here to read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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