February 19, 2018
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Hear from apprenticeship advocate at AWB Institute Workforce Summit March 21 in Bellevue

From employment law, best practices, and ideas for how to successfully recruit, train and keep your workforce, the need for expertise and innovation is a daily reality for employers.

After positive feedback from last year's first-ever Workforce Summit, AWB Institute will again be bringing together innovative people, ideas and practices at a March 21 event at the Hilton Bellevue.

The keynote speaker for this year's event will be Matt Poischbeg, vice president and general manager at Sea-Lect Plastics in Everett. For a taste of the enthusiasm and insight he'll bring, check out his TEDx Talk.

Last year's summit looked at ways to debunk generational stereotypes in the workplace and offered practical tips on the latest workplace rules, best practices for the digital generation, how to recruit and retain the best talent, and much more.

Registration is now open for the 2018 Workforce Summit -- register today!

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B&O Tax Relief for Manufacturers
Support All Manufacturers

AWB tells House committee, 'It's time to let all manufacturers win'

By Jason Hagey, AWB

AWB President Kris Johnson called on lawmakers to lower the business and occupation (B&O) tax rate for all Washington manufacturers, not just those in some parts of the state, during a hearing Friday before the House Finance Committee.

In its current form, Substitute House Bill 2947 would lower the B&O rate for manufacturers in 30 counties. It would leave out nine counties, including many that consist largely of rural areas, such as Kitsap and Benton.

"It's time to let all manufacturers win," Johnson said, echoing language that Rep. Gael Tarleton, D-Ballard, used during a floor speech last week on a separate measure aimed at boosting Washington's boat manufacturers. "We're going to let our fishing fleet win," Tarleton declared before the House voted 97-1 in favor of her bill.
Read the full blog and watch the video at Olympia Business Watch
Preserving Local Commitment

Avista sale is good for customers, community

By Scott Morris, CEO, Avista Corp.

Six months ago, Avista and Hydro One announced plans to combine and form one of North America's largest regulated utilities. Since that time, as we've moved toward closing, our confidence has only grown in the benefits of this merger for all of our stakeholders, from our customers and employees to our shareholders and the communities we serve.

Given the central role that Avista plays in its service territories, both as an energy provider and a member of the community, we understand why customers and community members want assurances that they will continue to receive safe, reliable and high-quality energy at a fair price and that Avista will continue to be an active corporate citizen.

The short answer is that the proposed transaction is designed to help preserve -- and even enhance -- Avista's commitments to its customers and its communities. In a changing industry landscape, joining forces with Hydro One will help safeguard Avista's proud legacy and way of doing business...

Read the full op-ed in The Spokesman-Review
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