December 19, 2016
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Join AWB Jan. 5 for a free 2017 Legislative Session Forecast Webinar

The 2017 Legislative session promises to be one for the ages. From education funding to workplace regulations and tax reform to environmental issues, it’s crucial that employers be engaged. As always, AWB’s Government Affairs team is there to help.

Join us 9-10:30 a.m. Jan. 5 for a pre-session legislative webinar with the AWB’s entire Government Affairs team. You’ll hear the latest on the budget, minimum wage and predictive scheduling, health care, taxes and much more. You’ll also have a chance to ask questions of our issue experts.

This live webinar is one of many ways that AWB helps keep employers informed about the latest business-related political development from Olympia and Washington, D.C., including the 2016 session wrap-up webinar following the conclusion of this year’s Legislative session.

The webinar is free for all AWB members (if you’re not yet a member, our membership team would be happy to take care of that for you.)

Register online or contact Kelli Schueler to learn more.

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Sustainability in Action

Aslan Brewing Company: Refreshing Environmental Success

By Washington Business magazine

Taking beer and building to a new, sustainable level, a craft brewer demonstrates how a time-honored cold beverage can take the edge off the climate.

With a commitment to organic ingredients, locally-sourced goods, and low-impact practices, the owners offer the community something new and refreshing, the sustainable way .
Read the full article in Washington Business magazine
Workforce Matters

We must train next generation for the jobs Washington is creating

By Amy Morrison Goings and Gary Oertli

In these politically stressful times, there's one priority everyone can agree on: putting people to work in Washington. People need great jobs just as employers need great talent.

The most recent proof comes in the form of research by the Boston Consulting Group and the Washington Roundtable. The report projects there will be 740,000 job openings in Washington over the next five years. Most of those openings will be filled by people who have postsecondary education or training.

The jobs range from entry-level positions, to "pathway" jobs that then lead to well-paying careers. Many positions require not just a high school diploma and not necessarily a bachelor's degree, but somewhere in between -- such as an associate degree, or a certificate backed by industry need, or an apprenticeship. Others require a bachelor's degree or higher.

That's why it's so important for the Legislature to fund the entire pipeline of education in Washington, from pre-kindergarten through college. At the center of that pipeline is Washington's community and technical college system.
Read the full op-ed in The Puget Sound Business Journal
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