December 5, 2016
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Skylar Olsen, senior economist at Zillow, will keynote the 2017 Legislative Day and Hill Climb



With just over a month until the start of the 2017 legislative session, plans are already underway for AWB's annual Legislative Day. We'll also expand on last year's successful Hill Climb, which allowed dozens of members to meet directly with their legislators.

A full agenda includes Zillow senior economist Skylar Olsen and legislative leaders from both chambers and caucuses.

Legislative Day is the chance for employers to be heard in Olympia. This event brings together business leaders, legislators and special guests with one message – to keep the needs of the state's job creators top-of-mind with elected officials.

In addition to a full day of content, the Hill Climb gives attendees the opportunity to take their issues and concerns directly to their legislators on the Capitol Campus. Attendees wishing to meet with their lawmakers can let AWB know at the time of registration so appointments can be scheduled in advance of the event.

Learn more and register here, and check out highlights from last year's Hill Climb in this photo gallery and video.

And, follow the day’s activities on AWB’s Twitter feed, @AWBolympia, using hashtags #AWBday17 and #AWBhillclimb.



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