December 11, 2017
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Patrick Jones, economic analyst, to give lunchtime keynote at Legislative Day and Hill Climb

Hear from Patrick Jones, the founding executive director of the Institute for Public Policy & Economic Analysis at Eastern Washington University. He'll give the lunchtime keynote address at the annual AWB Legislative Day and Hill Climb. He'll be one of many people to add insights, information and analysis during a day of rich discussions and networking opportunities with lawmakers and policy leaders. Legislative Day is a valuable experience for employers who want to connect with the legislative process and share their ideas on policy solutions that create economic prosperity across the state.

A popular part of the event is the Hill Climb, which provides bus transportation to and from the Capitol and a prearranged schedule for attendees to visit directly with their members of the House and Senate.

The 2018 Legislative Day and Hill Climb will be held Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Hotel RL in Olympia.

Registration is now open. Don't miss your chance for this rewarding experience. Register today!

For more information on this event or to register, contact Kelli Schueler at 360.943.1600.

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Bridging the Skills Gap

Look to community colleges for diverse tech-industry talent

By Sheila Edwards Lange, president of Seattle Central College

Seattle's technology industry has a diversity problem. While tech companies have publicly committed to changing their hiring practices, people of color and women are still being left out of what feels more and more like an exclusive club.

Only one in five STEM workers identify as black or Latino, and less than 25 percent of STEM jobs are held by women. With equity front and center at the recent Washington STEM Summit, we must do more than talk. We must work together -- and two-year colleges are a natural partner in the effort to achieve this important goal...

It is not hard to see the tremendous potential of teaming up, where colleges such as ours and tech companies work together to create cutting-edge programs that teach the skills they need, in ways that are accessible to diverse students. Working together, we can train more local workers to fill the growing number of great jobs in the technology sector, thousands of which remain unfilled..

Read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
Dams Provide Clean, Green Power

Inslee support for possible dam-breaching 'unfathomable'

By Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch

This issue needs to be decided at the highest level. You can't manage a hydro system this big and this important from the bench. Congress passed the laws that protect endangered species, and it paid for the dams in the first place. It is in the best position to decide whether we take a balanced view, or submit to environmental overkill.

You'd think a governor so concerned with our carbon footprint would be interested in preserving clean power in the Pacific Northwest. There really is no middle ground here, and he ought to know better. What's he saying? Dam breaching is OK if we just take a little from the top?

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