November 6, 2017
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AWB Holiday Kids' Tree lighting ceremony is Dec. 1

There’s still time to donate to AWB’s annual Holiday Kids’ Tree Project. Started in 1989, the project has raised more than $390,000 to distribute to rural fire departments to help their local families have a bright holiday season.

The cash and gifts will be handed out at the Holiday Kids’ Tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 1, in the Capitol Rotunda in Olympia. Gift presentations take place at 5:30 p.m. in the State Reception Room and the tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m. The tree’s theme is “Friends of the Forest” and will feature stuffed ornaments representing animals native to Washington state. All the ornaments are wrapped and sent to children's hospitals after the tree comes down at the end of December.

For more information on the Holiday Kids’ Project or to donate to it, contact Bonnie Millikan at 360.943.1600.

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Manufacturing Week Tour

Manufacturing is huge in Washington. Let's celebrate -- and invest in it

By Kate Lampson and Kris Johnson

Manufacturing has a long history in Washington and it has a great story to tell: In Benton County, careers in manufacturing pay an average annual wage of $55,701, $50,575 in Walla Walla County and almost $41,000 in Franklin County. Not bad for jobs that often require no more than a trade certificate or a two-year degree. It also has a multiplier of three -- for every one job created in manufacturing, another three jobs are created elsewhere.

That's a good return on investment, but the sector faces some headwinds.

As manufacturing comes on a national resurgence, Washington's sector has lost about 48,000 jobs since 2000 -- the vast majority of which are non-aerospace jobs.

Clearly, more can be done to support good-paying manufacturing jobs here and across the state.

Read the full column in The Tri-City Herald
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