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Wednesday, January 13

AWB to host 2016 Legislative Day and Hill Climb Jan. 19

Gov. Jay Inslee to welcome attendees, followed by panel discussions on climate, minimum wage, education funding and a lunchtime economic outlook

OLYMPIA — Hundreds of business leaders will gather Jan. 19 at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia for the Association of Washington Business’ annual Legislative Day & Hill Climb.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m., attendees will hear from Gov. Jay Inslee, followed by morning panel discussions on climate policy, minimum wage and predictive scheduling and education funding.


Association of Washington Business
2016 AWB Legislation Day & Hill Climb
Tuesday, Jan. 19
Legislative Day: 7:30 a.m.-8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Spruce and Fir ballrooms.
Media will be asked to excuse themselves from 8-9:30 a.m. for an AWB-member only
board meeting.

Legislative Reception: 5:30-9 p.m., Forest Ballroom
Red Lion Hotel Olympia
2300 Evergreen Park Drive S.W.
Olympia, WA 98502

For the full agenda and to learn more follow click here.

About the Association of Washington Business

Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes nearly 8,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

Steve Scranton, chief investment officer and economist at Washington Trust Bank in Spokane, and Skylar Olsen, senior economist at Zillow, will offer insights into the economy on both sides of the state during a luncheon address.

After lunch, and before heading up to the Capitol to meet with their lawmakers at 2:15 p.m., employers will hear an update from agency heads Maia Bellon, director of the state Department of Ecology, Joel Sacks, director of the state Department of Labor & Industries.

The evening reception event is for AWB members only, however members of the media are invited to attend the day’s three panel discussions, luncheon and agency briefing.

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