March 28, 2016
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Port of Seattle looks at land redevelopment to keep industry, living wages in Seattle

Seattle’s high-tech economy is booming, but manufacturing, maritime and other industrial sectors still need a home in the city. The Port of Seattle is focusing on ways to redevelop its unused properties to encourage economic growth and living-wage jobs.

One of its areas of focus: 26 acres in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood once used for automobile shipping. Known as T-91, the area has only been lightly used since the port stopped exporting cars years ago, The Puget Sound Business Journal reports.

Ted Fick, Port of Seattle chief executive officer, hopes to see maritime use on the property, perhaps construction of fishing boats. The alternative is losing shipbuilding contracts to Norway or Louisiana.

“I’m trying to get shovels into the ground on every acre of undeveloped land in Port of Seattle’s land portfolio,” Fick said, “so we can be an attractive place for businesses that want to relocate here and be able to retain the businesses that want to be here.”

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Public Charter Schools Are Working

Gov. Inslee should sign charter school bill, let students achieve their dreams

By Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle

As a state, we cannot let go of our ability to lift hardworking people out of poverty. We must do everything within our power to ensure public education remains a powerful ladder to success for every child in Washington. We cannot allow the leaders and innovators of future generations to slip through the cracks simply because we were too stuck in our ways to create the change we know they needed.

ESSSB 6194, a bill to keep Washington's public charter schools open for the long-term and an option for all communities across the state, now sits on Inslee's desk awaiting his signature. The bill, which passed both houses of the Legislature with bipartisan support, provides excellent educational opportunities for hundreds of students today, and potentially thousands of students in the future. ...

I have heard some of my fellow legislators who oppose ESSSB 6194 say we either need to fix every problem in public education for every student in Washington or do nothing at all. I urge the governor to reject such false choices.

I urge the governor to sign the charter-school bill, which would keep these students on the path to achieving their dreams and build upon Washington's foundation of innovation and accountability in public education.

Click here to read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times
Washington Employers Are Leading the Way

Something old and something new: How Seattle's viaduct is being recycled in the tunnel

By Richard D. Oxley,

Parts of Seattle's viaduct may be torn down, but in a way, those parts won't truly be gone.

Nucor, the state's largest metal recycler, takes scrap steel from portions of the torn down Alaskan Way Viaduct through downtown Seattle and forges it into new product.

The recycling effort is currently featured in a commercial produced by the Association of Washington Business...

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