October 30, 2017
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AWB's Evening of Excellence to honor employers at red-carpet awards event Nov. 29

Last year's inaugural Evening of Excellence was a stylish, memorable event. This year's soiree promises to be equally enjoyable. From the red-carpet entrance to the surprise announcements of each winner, the Evening of Excellence is AWB's latest way to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of Washington's many great employers.

Mark your calendars for this year's Evening of Excellence, which will be held Nov. 29. Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle will again be the venue for this reception and awards gala. All 18 finalists, three for each of the six awards, will be recognized at the event and winners, who do not know they won, will be announced in Oscars fashion. The award categories are:

  •  Employer of the Year: Recognizing an employer that has implemented innovative job retention, creation, benefits, and/or compensation plans that fosters a thriving work environment.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Given to an entrepreneur whose business is less than 5 years old and has made a significant impact in their industry.
  • Achieve Award: Recognizing a business who has excelled in creating, implementing or supporting a high-caliber education and/or workforce development system aligned with closing the employment gap.
  • Connect Award: Recognizing a business whose products and/or services have positively impacted the way in which Washington employers and communities are connected to each other and the world.
  • Leading Environmental Practices Award: Recognizing a business that has put a priority on environmental improvement, education or outreach to their business sector and/or community.
  • Advance Award: Recognizing a business who has had a significant impact in their sector, contributing to the advancement of their community and/or statewide economy.

And remember that award nominations are open year-round, so it's never too late (or too early) to nominate your company or a business you admire for AWB's awards. The deadline to apply for a 2018 Evening of Excellence award is June 30.

Online registration for the event is now open. For more information, contact Kelli Schueler at 360.943.1600.

Read about the 2016 award winners here.

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'Hirst Will Shatter the American Dream...'

Call the Legislature back to pass capital budget, fix water-rights ruling

By former Gov. Dan Evans

It's time for Gov. Jay Inslee, together with Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the Legislature, to put partisanship aside and solve two pressing problems. Washington state needs a capital budget and a fix to the state Supreme Court's Hirst decision, which has impacted homebuilding in rural areas.

As construction costs rise, every day that goes by without passage of the state's capital budget means that taxpayers will pay more for building schools and other projects, and it means that needed construction is delayed.

Equally important is modification of the law in response to the Hirst decision. Hirst will shatter the American dream for some Washington state families because they may not be able to obtain water on the properties they purchased unless the Legislature enacts a solution to that decision...

Read the full column in The Seattle Times
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