December 19, 2016
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AWB's Legislative Day & Hill Climb less than a month away



With less than one month until the start of the 2017 legislative session, plans are 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.

Skylar Olsen, a senior economist at Zillow, will give the keynote address. This year's event will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Hotel RL Olympia (formerly the Red Lion Hotel). Microsoft is the presenting sponsor.

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

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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