January 30, 2017
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Parts for Boeing 777X will be rolling off lines in Everett soon

After months of tests, the first production parts for the new Boeing 777X will soon be produced at the Boeing Company's Everett plant. It's an important milestone in a multi-billion-dollar evolution of Boeing's popular 777 airliner.

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PSBJ highlights the $277 million impact of life science R&D in Washington

The biotech and life sciences sector brought in $277 million in venture capital last year. When added to the $867 million in the technology sector, that's more than a billion dollars of investment coming to Washington research and development.

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Hundreds attend methanol hearing; major permit decision expected soon

A hearings examiner in Cowlitz County promised a speedy decision on a key permit for a proposed $1.8 billion methanol project in Kalama. The Northwest Innovation Works project would create nearly 200 permanent jobs, 1,000 construction jobs, and millions of dollars in tax revenue.

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The Daily News: Cowlitz job market continues to stagnate

Rural Washington still hasn't seen a full economic recovery. Unemployment rates in much of Washington are still far above the national average. Clearly, the hot economy of the Seattle area isn't something that rural Washington is experiencing.

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledges $279M for UW's largest-ever private donation

A $279 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Washington is "once again shattering donation records" as the foundation aims to expand programs to measure and enhance health around the world.

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Homeless advocate Mary's Place raises $4.5M from donors including Starbucks, Microsoft

Employers gave generously during the annual Mary's Place "No Child Sleeps Outside" campaign. Companies like Starbucks, Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, Expedia and dozens of others helped the Mary's Place nonprofit raise $4.5 million in a single month. That will allow the Seattle nonprofit to open three new shelters and serve up to 500 families this year.

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Workers' compensation return-to-work service available for AWB members

AWB members qualify for a discount on the Safety Ambassador Program, an immediate, short-term light duty job program that allows injured employees to get back to work. The program can also help employers qualify for Stay At Work reimbursements.

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Kudos to Microsoft for bold public-policy goals for Washington state

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Microsoft is taking its regional public service to a new level with the release of an ambitious legislative agenda for Washington state.

Under its president, Brad Smith, the company has increasingly advocated for education, transportation and economic development.

Recognizing that the entire state has unmet needs, the company is broadening its agenda beyond the Puget Sound area. Best of all, Microsoft is offering to help incubate and partly fund several new programs to get them launched.

The public benefits from such corporate citizens providing thoughtful and supportive engagement on critical policy issues.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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