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Tuesday, January 10

MEDIA ADVISORY: AWB to host 2017 Legislative Day and Hill Climb Jan. 17

Gov. Jay Inslee will offer opening remarks, followed by panel discussions on education funding, future tax and budget matters and a lunchtime state economic outlook.

OLYMPIA — Hundreds of business leaders will gather Jan. 17 at Hotel RL (formerly the Red Lion Hotel) in Olympia for the Association of Washington Business’ annual Legislative Day and Hill Climb, followed by an evening reception.

Gov. Jay Inslee will kick off the day with opening remarks. Others speakers include newly elected Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal, and a luncheon keynote address from Zillow senior economist Skylar Olsen on the “State of the Economy.”

The day also includes panel discussions with lawmakers on a variety of issues, including education, labor and workforce issues, a look at the state budget and recent tax proposals and an outlook on possible changes in state and federal health care policy and how it may impact Washingtonians.

The event concludes with a members-only reception; however, members of the media are invited to attend the day’s panel discussions and luncheon keynote address.

Members of the media who would like to attend the event should contact AWB Communications Manager Bobbi Cussins at 360.943.1600.


WHO: Association of Washington Business

WHAT: 2017 AWB Legislative Day & Hill Climb

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 17

  • 7 a.m. – Check-in begins
  • 7:30 a.m. – Board meeting (AWB members only)
  • 9 a.m. – Gov. Jay Inslee, opening remarks
  • 9:30 a.m. – Healthcare Outlook for 2017
  • 10:15 a.m. – Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal
  • 10:45 a.m. – Education Panel
  • 11:35 a.m. – Tax & Budget Panel
  • 12:20 p.m. – Lunch
  • 12:50 – Keynote address
  • 1:55 – Labor & Workforce Panel

WHERE: Hotel RL, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, WA 98502

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

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