January 8, 2018
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One week away: reserve your spot at AWB's annual Legislative Day and Hill Climb


A chance to hear directly from lawmakers -- and meet with them one-on-one -- is just part of the reason that AWB's Legislative Day and Hill Climb is one of the association’s most popular annual events. This year's event is just a week away, on Tuesday, Jan. 16, and will again include our well-organized Hill Climb for those who have registered in advance to meet directly with legislators at the Capitol.

This year's one-day conference in Olympia will include timely discussions on workplace law, climate policies, education after the McCleary ruling, manufacturing opportunities and challenges, and a talk with legislative leaders.

Anneliese Vance-Sherman of the Employment Security Department and Patrick Jones of Eastern Washington University will give the lunchtime keynote, sharing information and an in-depth analysis on the economies on both sides of the state.

In the afternoon, attendees who have registered to take part in the Hill Climb portion of the event will be bussed to the Capitol to attend prearranged meetings with their members of the House and Senate. The day ends with a networking reception at the Hotel RL where attendees can mingle with agency leaders, state lawmakers and fellow employers.

Legislative Day is a valuable experience for employers who want to engage with the legislative process and share their ideas on policy solutions that create economic prosperity across the state.

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



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