December 11, 2017
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AWB Climate Committee to meet Tuesday in Lacey

The AWB Climate Committee will meet Tuesday morning. Among the topics of discussion: the latest draft of the 2018 Legislative Objectives and fundraising for the Washington Climate Collaborative. Due to the ongoing construction project at AWB, the meeting will be held at the Washington Farm Bureau office in Lacey at 9 a.m. Contact Mary Catherine McAleer at 360.943.1600 to learn more.

New Rural Jobs Task Force to meet Tuesday in Olympia

The need for rural job growth is clear, as two new reports in The Hill and Opportunity Washington point out. AWB has led the way on rural job growth this year, and the newly formed AWB Rural Jobs Task force will be meeting this week to continue those efforts. The meeting will be held this Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Because of renovation in AWB's offices, the meeting will be held at the Washington Hospital Association, 510 Plum St. SE Olympia. Contact Mike Ennis at 360.943.1600 to learn more and Connie Carlson for call-in information.

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Bridging the Skills Gap

Look to community colleges for diverse tech-industry talent

By Sheila Edwards Lange, president of Seattle Central College

Seattle's technology industry has a diversity problem. While tech companies have publicly committed to changing their hiring practices, people of color and women are still being left out of what feels more and more like an exclusive club.

Only one in five STEM workers identify as black or Latino, and less than 25 percent of STEM jobs are held by women. With equity front and center at the recent Washington STEM Summit, we must do more than talk. We must work together -- and two-year colleges are a natural partner in the effort to achieve this important goal...

It is not hard to see the tremendous potential of teaming up, where colleges such as ours and tech companies work together to create cutting-edge programs that teach the skills they need, in ways that are accessible to diverse students. Working together, we can train more local workers to fill the growing number of great jobs in the technology sector, thousands of which remain unfilled..

Read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
Dams Provide Clean, Green Power

Inslee support for possible dam-breaching 'unfathomable'

By Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch

This issue needs to be decided at the highest level. You can't manage a hydro system this big and this important from the bench. Congress passed the laws that protect endangered species, and it paid for the dams in the first place. It is in the best position to decide whether we take a balanced view, or submit to environmental overkill.

You'd think a governor so concerned with our carbon footprint would be interested in preserving clean power in the Pacific Northwest. There really is no middle ground here, and he ought to know better. What's he saying? Dam breaching is OK if we just take a little from the top?

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