December 11, 2017
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Secretary of State honors top employers with 'Corporations for Communities' Award

In her annual awards for extraordinary Washington employers, Secretary of State Kim Wyman gave honors to several AWB members, among other Washington businesses.

Wyman gave awards on Dec. 4 to businesses "that give their best efforts in helping their communities."

Honorees included:

  • Olympia Federal Savings & Loan Association. At least 5 percent of its revenues go to community efforts and employees receive 16 hours per year of paid volunteer time. The Olympia company contributed more than $350,000 to over 300 organizations.
  • SCJ Alliance – Shea Carr & Jewell, Inc. supports a combination of paid and unpaid volunteer time, totaling to 1000’s of hours of volunteer time, while working with many local and regional organizations.
  • Waste Management of WA, Inc. has provided $225,000 for Lake Washington STEM program and helped Hopelink by donating $150,000 and helping them create a food bank logistics program. Employees from Spokane teamed with KHQ-TV to raise money and purchase Christmas gifts for veterans and their families in need.

In a blog post, the Secretary of State's office said: " All of the businesses mentioned make their communities better by contributing what they can, and by giving countless number of volunteer hours. These corporations – big or small – leave a positive impact in the lives of all the individuals they help. The employees and leaders of these corporations show compassion, dedication and selflessness in the act of giving back that makes communities around Washington State better."

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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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