December 18, 2017
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Clay Hill joins AWB government affairs team

Clay Hill, a policy analyst for the House Republican Caucus specializing in tax policy issues, will join AWB's government affairs team in the new year. He replaces Eric Lohnes as AWB's government affairs director for tax and fiscal policy.

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Attorney general sues and governor pledges state actions after FCC vote on net neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted last week to remove Obama-era internet regulations known as "net neutrality." In the days before the vote, Gov. Jay Inslee and several legislators pledged to use state power to keep the rules in place in Washington state. Within minutes of Thursday's vote, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued to block the FCC's ruling.

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Rep. Manweller removed from leadership roles

State Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, remains in office but has been asked to step down from a caucus leadership role and ranking status on the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee, after an investigation of his conduct as a professor at Central Washington University was announced.

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Washington launches Maritime Blue 2050 initiative

A new state program aims to support Washington's $37.8 billion maritime sector and its nearly 70,000 employees to increase technology, reduce pollution and update workforce training.

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Small businesses can tap into new grant to help pay for international expansion

Washington state has received a new $800,000 grant that will offer vouchers of up to $5,000 for small businesses attending international trade shows, trade missions and foreign market sales trips.

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International Growth Zone



Northwest Startup Supporters Grow U.S.-Canada Economic Ties

By Benjamin Romano, editor, Xconomy Seattle

There's a new network organizing the incubators, accelerators, and investors fostering innovation in the Pacific Northwest on both sides of the U.S. - Canada border.

Business collaboration across the 49th parallel is having a moment, thanks in no small part to a dramatic divergence in immigration policies between the two countries this year that have prompted U.S. tech companies to establish or grow their presence in Canada to access talent from around the world.

The Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network (CVAN) is focused on collaboration at the grass-roots level of the innovation economy -- specifically the cleantech, life sciences, and IT industries -- in the broad area known as Cascadia, encompassing Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, Canada.

Read the full column in Xconomy Seattle
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