February 19, 2018
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Boeing releases third-annual Community Benefit Report, highlights support of 242,800 jobs in Washington aerospace

Boeing’s impact on Washington’s quality of life goes far beyond the jobs and exports created by the leading manufacturer, a new report shows.

The “Boeing in Washington 2017 Impact Report” shows a significant effort by Boeing to make a difference in Washington communities through education, environmental stewardship and more. The company is a major driver for the 242,800 aerospace jobs throughout Washington, company officials noted. But there’s more. Report highlights include:

  • More than 54,000 students will engage in experiential education, STEM programs and career-connected learning through Boeing-supported programs
  • Nearly 10,000 Boeing employees received education tuition in Washington from the Learning Together Program
  • 8,800 students learned about stormwater management and green infrastructure via Boeing-funded programs
  • 2.6 million gallons of stormwater were conserved and protected by Boeing-funded projects
  • The Employees Community Fund of Boeing granted $6 million to local nonprofit agencies focused on hunger, housing, childcare and mental health.

Read the full report here.

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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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