March 28, 2016
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Tri-City Regional Chamber gives first-ever honorary 'Key to the Region' to AWB President Kris Johnson

Ten years ago, when he led the Tri-City Chamber, Kris Johnson led the effort to create a broader regional chamber. Johnson, now the president of AWB, was among 600 people in the Tri-Cities last week for a 10-year celebration of that merger. To honor his contribution, Tri-Cities Area Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Lori Mattson gave Johnson the first-ever honorary “Key to the Region” award.

The new award “is presented to a successful individual that has been a catalyst to the success of the Tri-Cities Region," the chamber said.

Mattson looked back on the merger and the Tri-City Regional Chamber’s growth over the past decade in a guest column in The Tri-City Herald’s Progress Edition.

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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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