November 6, 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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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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