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Celebrate Washington's extraordinary employers at AWB's Evening of Excellence Nov. 28


Save the date for AWB’s third-annual Evening of Excellence awards gala Nov. 28 at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. The black-tie, Oscars-style event will again feature a walk on the red carpet and paparazzi treatment for attendees.

The event will honor more than a dozen nominees and six award winners in the following categories:

  • Washington Achieve Award – Recognizing a business who has excelled in creating, implementing or supporting a high-caliber education and/or workforce development system aligned with closing the employment gap.
  • Washington Connect Award – Recognizing a business whose products and/or services have positively impacted the way in which Washington employers and communities are connected to each other and the world.
  • Leading Environmental Practices – Recognizing a business that has put a priority on environmental improvement, education or outreach to their business sector and/or community.
  • Washington Advance Award – Recognizing a business who has had a significant impact in their sector, contributing to the advancement of their community and/or statewide economy.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year – Given to an entrepreneur whose business is less than 5 years old and has made a significant impact in their industry.
  • Employer of the Year – Recognizing an employer who has implemented innovative job retention, creation, benefits, and/or compensation plans that fosters a thriving work environment.

Last year’s award winners were featured in Washington Business magazine and videos of the award presentations can be found on AWB’s website.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2019 Evening of Excellence awards. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2019. Watch videos of each winner here.



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Vote No on I-1631


No vote urged on pollution fee initiative

By The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Editorial Board

Earlier this year we opposed Gov. Jay Inslee's effort to impose a carbon-emissions tax in the Washington state Legislature.

We now oppose a similar effort to impose a carbon tax -- now dubbed a pollution fee -- through Initiative 1631. We urge a no vote on I-1631 on the November ballot.

This does not mean we oppose all efforts to combat climate change, which we see as a real and serious threat to all of us.

But any effective effort to reduce the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change should be done on a national scale at the federal level. A state-by-state approach such as the initiative adopts won't achieve much except to create an economic burden on those living in Washington state...

Read the full editorial in The Union-Bulletin
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