March 28, 2016
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Call for nominations: Help bring more great business leaders to AWB's board of directors

AWB is looking for great business leaders from employers of all sizes and regions of the state to serve on the AWB Board of Directors. We’re accepting nominations for board membership until this Friday.

The slate of nominees will be set at AWB’s spring board meeting June 15 in Spokane, with elections to follow. The new board members will take their seats at the Sept. 15 board meeting, which takes place during Policy Summit.

“Many of you have worked, connected or spoken with someone who you thought might make a good addition to our Board of Directors,” said AWB President Kris Johnson. “This is your opportunity to help shape and develop our Board.”

Send nominee names and contact information to Bonnie Millikan by April 1.



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Public Charter Schools Are Working

Gov. Inslee should sign charter school bill, let students achieve their dreams

By Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle

As a state, we cannot let go of our ability to lift hardworking people out of poverty. We must do everything within our power to ensure public education remains a powerful ladder to success for every child in Washington. We cannot allow the leaders and innovators of future generations to slip through the cracks simply because we were too stuck in our ways to create the change we know they needed.

ESSSB 6194, a bill to keep Washington's public charter schools open for the long-term and an option for all communities across the state, now sits on Inslee's desk awaiting his signature. The bill, which passed both houses of the Legislature with bipartisan support, provides excellent educational opportunities for hundreds of students today, and potentially thousands of students in the future. ...

I have heard some of my fellow legislators who oppose ESSSB 6194 say we either need to fix every problem in public education for every student in Washington or do nothing at all. I urge the governor to reject such false choices.

I urge the governor to sign the charter-school bill, which would keep these students on the path to achieving their dreams and build upon Washington's foundation of innovation and accountability in public education.

Click here to read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
Washington Employers Are Leading the Way

Something old and something new: How Seattle's viaduct is being recycled in the tunnel

By Richard D. Oxley, MyNorthwest.com

Parts of Seattle's viaduct may be torn down, but in a way, those parts won't truly be gone.

Nucor, the state's largest metal recycler, takes scrap steel from portions of the torn down Alaskan Way Viaduct through downtown Seattle and forges it into new product.

The recycling effort is currently featured in a commercial produced by the Association of Washington Business...

Click here to read the full story at MyNorthwest.com
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