July 13, 2015
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Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford and Boeing Commercial Airplanes, to give Policy Summit keynote

Alan Mulally
, named one of "The World's Most Influential People" by TIME magazine and "Chief Executive of the Year" by Chief Executive Magazine, will give the keynote address at this year's Policy Summit Sept. 15-17 at the Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum.

Mulally has strong ties to Washington and to the national economy. He was president and chief executive officer of The Ford Motor Company from 2006 to 2014, where he "is widely seen as the man behind one of the most impressive corporate turnarounds in history."

Previously, he was executive vice president of The Boeing Company, as well as president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and president of Boeing Information, Space and Defense Systems. He joined Boeing in 1969 and during his nearly 37-year career there he contributed to the company's signature models, from the 727 up through the 787.

He currently serves on the board of directors of Google and on President Barack Obama's United States Export Council. He has been co-chairman of the Washington Competitiveness Council and has served on the University of Washington advisory board, among many others. He is a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of England's Royal Academy of Engineering.

Mulally will join other state and national innovators at Policy Summit. Register now for your opportunity to connect with other employers and community leaders.

It's also a good time to book your room at the Suncadia Resort. Some attendees last year had to lodge elsewhere and wished they'd reserved earlier. To ensure you have space at Suncadia (and save some money at the same time), call 866.904.6300 and ask for AWB's discounted rate.

There are still opportunities to become a sponsor for this year's Policy Summit. Contact Stephanie Hemphill at 800.521.9325 to learn more.

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Export-Import Bank helps employers compete globally

By U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) and Kris Johnson

With the creation of the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank over 80 years ago, many Washington state businesses -- both large and small -- have remarkable success stories to tell about growing their businesses because of exports.

These stories can be found throughout the Washington state in a variety of industries. Take for example, Seattle's Lighthouse for the Blind, a manufacturer of machine parts and molding for aerospace companies. Because of its robust export business supported by the bank, it is able provide more than 400 good-paying jobs for Washingtonians in the deaf-blind community. ...

Congress must act to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank charter. The consequences of doing nothing would be devastating to employers and employees in Washington state and around the nation.

Click here to read the full op-ed in The Hill

Our Voice: Lawmakers make right choice supporting gas tax

By the editorial board of the Tri-City Herald

Voting in favor of a significant tax hike is not easy for lawmakers from conservative legislative districts.

So the Mid-Columbia legislators who approved an 11.9-cent gas tax increase should be commended for having the courage to make the right decision. ...

Tax hikes are tough to take, but at least in this case the Tri-City area will get some benefit from the new revenue.

And that is thanks to several Mid-Columbia lawmakers who made the right, but tough, choice...

Click here to read the full editorial in The Tri-City Herald
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