October 31, 2016
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Only one month left to join AWB's fly-in to Washington, D.C., Dec. 5-7

It’s vital that the voice of employers is heard in Olympia and in Washington, D.C. AWB is the catalytic leader and unifying voice for Washington employers – in both capitals. This December, AWB will lead a delegation of Washington business leaders to meet with national leaders in Washington, D.C.

This is a prime chance to be heard by decision-makers and help inform the discussion about how regulations and laws affect the ability of employers to create and retain jobs.

The third-annual AWB fly-in will include meetings with members of Congress and the new administration, federal agency visits, a Washington state grand reception, keynote speakers, a candlelight tour of the Capitol and more.

Previous AWB fly-ins have included meetings with U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, most of Washington’s 10 members of Congress, and many opportunities to make important connections. Read more in this roundup of AWB’s 2015 fly-in.

Contact Kelli Schueler at 800.521.9325 for more information.

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Delivering the Future: How UPS Is Pursuing the Possibility of Sustainable E-Commerce

By Jim Bruce, senior vice president, UPS

At UPS, ours is anticipating the direction of e-commerce and staying ahead of it, because we believe that e-commerce will profoundly impact the development of our cities, lifestyles and business.

The question is whether e-commerce will improve or diminish global sustainability. We think it can go either way but are optimistic about the possibility of real improvement. Which way it goes depends on a number of factors: 1) Can we create a sustainable global delivery network? 2) Will people rely on that network enough to lessen reliance on personal vehicles and to increasingly live in decongested, pedestrian-friendly cities? And 3) Will cities begin to view e-commerce as essential to their sustainable future? Truly, a "yes" to these three questions would be transformative to our cities and global carbon-reduction efforts...

Read more at the National Association of Manufacturers blog
Washington's Hydropower Is No Laughing Matter

Who needs those old dams?

By Tracy Warner, editorial page editor, The Wenatchee World

They had a good laugh over it, the reports said. What a knee-slapper. Candidates for the United States Congress, at a recent climate change forum at a Ballard brewpub, indicated through their mistaken answers to a simple question that neither has any idea where electricity comes from. What a hoot...

Electricity doesn't just show up. It is not produced by flights of fancy, moonbeams, cool articles in Wired or a Harry Potter character waving a wand. It required the intense effort of generations, the labor of tens of thousands of people, and investments in the multiple billions to produce enough electricity to supply Seattle and provide the energy without which its thriving economy wouldn't be worth a 500K RAM chip from a 1984 IBM PC.

To feed the city energy there are hundreds of turbines, turning ceaselessly through the power of falling water from the great river of the West, harnessed by blocks of concrete so large we can scarcely imagine larger...

Of course, you don't get rid of such assets. You don't speak of it, even in jest.

Read the full column in The Wenatchee World
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