November 6, 2017
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One month away: register now for AWB's fourth-annual D.C. Fly-in

Registration is open for AWB's fourth-annual D.C. Fly-in Dec. 4-6 in the nation's capital.

AWB's government affairs team will lead this trip to Washington, D.C., organizing meetings with members of Congress and top administration officials.

Previous years events have included meetings with Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, as well as Washington's members of Congress from both parties.

The Fly-in also includes meetings and events at historical locations.

A new video highlights the opportunities and experience of the AWB D.C. Fly-in.

Contact Kelli Schueler with AWB's Events team or Amy Anderson, AWB's government affairs director for federal issues, to learn more and register.

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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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