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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. Next week 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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A Lack of Effective Training

Too many Washington kids are not college- or job-ready

By Steve Mullin, president of the Washington Roundtable

Students in Washington classrooms today will soon enter a job market bursting with opportunities. New research from The Boston Consulting Group and the Washington Roundtable projects 740,000 job openings in our state in just the next five years. State job growth over that period is expected to be nearly triple the national average.

Increasingly, Washington students will need a postsecondary credential -- such as a technical or industry certification or license, apprenticeship, associate degree or bachelor's degree -- to access the best job opportunities our state has to offer.

A survey of Washington Roundtable member companies shows a universal preference to hire Washington kids for Washington jobs. We have no doubt other employers feel similarly.

The challenge is this: Just 31 percent of the students who attend a public high school in our state go on to attain a postsecondary credential by age 26. Less than a third are prepared for the jobs of the future. 

That's not good enough.

Read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
Supporting the Snake River Dams

Our dams support us; it's time to support them

By U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Following Judge Michael Simon's recent decision to require a full review of the Columbia and Snake River systems, there has been a movement to reevaluate what our dams mean to Eastern Washington.

Here in our region, the four lower Snake River dams provide renewable, reliable, affordable energy and act as a superhighway for barges to transport goods. As a community, we need to let our federal partners know that we want to continue to invest in and improve our dams.

Currently, the Army Corps of Engineers is undertaking a public "scoping" period through January 17, 2017, providing an opportunity for Eastern Washington residents to voice their support for dams and the benefits they offer to the region.

Read the full op-ed from The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
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