March 5, 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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A Lifetime of Learning

Workforce development begins young, continues over lifetime

By AWB President Kris Johnson

We all want our kids to grow up in a state with good-paying job prospects and the training to match them.

Today, there is a laser focus by our association's membership and other groups about the need to fill the workforce pipeline with skilled, job-ready workers. There simply aren't enough workers to fill the high-tech, high-wage jobs available in our state and nation.

We're working to address that problem by advocating for robust career and technical programming in our middle and high schools, training and certificate programs for high-demand jobs at our state's community and technical colleges.

We'll be talking about those very issues at the second-annual AWB Workforce Summit on March 21 in Bellevue.

Read the full column in The Wenatchee Business World
Dealing with Debt

State needs to begin paying down its bond debt

By The Everett Herald Editorial Board

Duane Davidson, now in his second year of office, hasn't been one to pursue many policy issues with lawmakers, unlike his predecessor who outlined an ambitious tax reform proposal that earned little interest. But Davidson has taken a stand to defend against raids of the "rainy day" fund and asked lawmakers to consider using some of the additional revenue to pay down the state's bond debt, add to its "rainy day" reserves or pay more toward its unfunded pension obligations. Their choice.

"I think that money would be better spent paying down any debt, pick your debt," Davidson said.

And there's significant debt to pay down.

The state's Debt Affordability Study for 2018, released by Davidson's office, reports that the state's debt portfolio has over the course of the last 20 years grown from $6.8 billion to more than $19 billion and totals $21 billion when financing contracts are included....

Read the full editorial in The Herald
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