December 5, 2016
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Boeing CEO urged Trump administration to keep Ex-Im Bank or risk losing foreign sales

America's manufacturing economy and more than 1.5 million aerospace jobs depend on the ongoing work of the Export-Import Bank. That is the message to the incoming Trump administration from Boeing, the National Association of Manufacturers, and other employers.

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Trump's trade deal stance could have an outsized impact on trade-dependent Washington

International trade accounts for 40 percent of Washington jobs, The Puget Sound Business Journal reports. Incoming President Donald Trump's trade policies, therefore, could have a major impact on Washington's economy.

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McMorris Rodgers reportedly being considered for cabinet position

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-WA, is one of several people that President-Elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering as the next secretary of the interior.

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Sustainability in Action

A green milestone for Microsoft: 500-acre Redmond campus generates (almost) zero waste

By Nat Levy, GeekWire

The 44,000 employees at Microsoft's Redmond headquarters campus went through a whopping 189 million pounds of food and packaging between July and December 2015. Even more impressive than employees' appetites is the fact that the company managed to keep 99.5 percent of food and dining waste out of landfills.

Microsoft said Monday its headquarters has earned the gold level of Zero Waste Certification from the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council for keeping 90 percent of food, office, and construction waste out of landfills. Microsoft says it is the first tech company in the country to obtain such an achievement.
Read the full story in GeekWire
Build on Success

Washington lawmakers should hold off tinkering with Boeing tax break

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Benefits of the state investment can be seen in Everett, where Boeing has now spent more than $1 billion on its facility for building advanced, composite wings for the 777X.

This work involves a constellation of suppliers. It also expands the cluster of companies and expertise working with advanced composites in Washington.

That cluster, the jobs it supports and the future opportunities it creates should continue, regardless of what happens with the WTO.
Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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