February 5, 2018
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Reminder: New state tax portal launches March 19

The Washington Department of Revenue reminds businesses and tax professionals about a new system for filing taxes that is scheduled to go live next month. Training webinars on the new system will take place before the March 19 launch.

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Seattle Metropolitan Chamber hires former Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland as new CEO

Seattle's leading business organization has picked the experienced business and political leader Marilyn Strickland as the new president and chief executive officer.

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Inslee Promotes Youth Apprenticeships During Career and Technical Education Month

Gov. Jay Inslee spoke about the importance of career-connected learning and apprenticeships last week during the 2018 Governor's Youth Apprenticeship Summit. The event was timed to fall within Career and Technical Education Month.

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PNNL and Huskies join forces to create new science and technology institute

A new partnership will both promote materials science research and nurture a new generation of leading scientists.

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Costco co-founder Sinegal bids goodbye at shareholder gathering

The man who co-founded Costco in 1976 is leaving the board but looks forward to a busy retirement.

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Application period open for Jennifer Dunn-Thomson Scholarship

Female college students can receive up to $15,000 in financial aid from the Jennifer Dunn-Thomson Scholarship, awarded each year to support young women interested in public policy.

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TrueBlue receives Governance Award from Seattle Business magazine

The Tacoma-based staffing firm TrueBlue was honored for the 'outstanding diverse composition, governance and oversight' of its Board of Directors last week.

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Passages: Fred Stabbert, chair of Forterra board and former AWB board chair

Fred Stabbert, a longtime friend, leader and supporter of AWB, has died at age 74 after a long battle with cancer. Stabbert had a long, successful career in the paper industry, and was influential in guiding AWB growth over the decades.

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Work to ensure Boeing builds its next jet in the Puget Sound region

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Glowing praise of the Puget Sound region by Boeing's chief executive is reassuring as the state of Washington seeks to land production of the company's next jetliner.

"Puget Sound is part of Boeing for the future in a very strong way," Dennis Muilenburg said in an interview with Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates.

But the region and state must continue working hard to convince the company that its hometown remains the best place in the world to manufacture its next plane, informally dubbed the 797.

A task force convened by Gov. Jay Inslee last year is making progress and preparing to submit a bid if there's a formal request for site proposals later this year. Regional groups in areas such as Snohomish County and Spokane also are making their case. This is a critical effort to retain and grow an industry that's a cornerstone of the state's economy.

While Muilenburg didn't tip his hand on the 797, which Boeing hasn't yet committed to build, he did drop hints about where Washington can improve its competitiveness.

One is the cost of living and doing business in Seattle, which are "higher than most of our other sites," he said...

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
Hard Work Remains

Competitiveness Redbook highlights Washington's successes, opportunities

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Washington's economy is the envy of many states across the country. Job growth in our urban areas is booming and cranes pepper the Seattle and Bellevue skylines.

All that points to a robust statewide economy today and into the future. Or, does it?

Each year, the Association of Washington Business (AWB) digs deeper into the state's economy and competitiveness, going beyond the headlines and accolades from outside groups, to determine where Washington can improve and harness opportunities for growth.

AWB's 2018 Competitiveness Redbook, released last month, is a data-driven guide to Washington state's economic health that uses comparisons -- 59 tables in all -- with other states to benchmark performance in key indicators.

One important indicator is job growth. The latest numbers show job growth remains a strength, with nearly 80,000 new jobs added over the past year. Looking deeper, however, that's actually 21,000 fewer jobs than the previous year, dropping our state down one spot to sixth in the nation...

Read the full column in The Wenatchee Valley Business World
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