February 19, 2018
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Call for nominations: Help bring more great business leaders to AWB's board of directors

AWB is looking for great business leaders from employers of all sizes and regions of the state to serve on the AWB Board of Directors. We’re accepting nominations for board membership until March 23.

The slate of nominees will be set at AWB’s spring board meeting May 16 in Spokane, with elections to follow. The new board members will take their seats at the fall board meeting, which takes place during Policy Summit at Suncadia Resort.

“AWB is fortunate to have engaged, thoughtful and dynamic board members who challenge us to live into our mission to be a catalytic leader and unifying voice for prosperity throughout Washington state,” said AWB President Kris Johnson. “Many of you have worked, connected or spoken with someone who you thought might make a good addition to our Board of Directors. This is your opportunity to help shape our board and our work.”

Send nominee names and contact information to Bonnie Millikan.



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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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