March 28, 2016
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AWB Institute

Applications being accepted for Leadership Washington Class of 2017

Leadership Washington is the state’s premier development program for the next generation of statewide business leaders. The mission of Leadership Washington is to develop articulate, thoughtful and well-informed leaders who can guide Washington state industry in a globally-competitive economy. At each session, participants are exposed to diverse industry sectors, including agriculture, energy, health care, high-tech, military and manufacturing.

Learn more at the all-new AWB Institute website – and note that now is the time to apply to be part of the Leadership Washington Class of 2017. Applications are due by June 30 and the first meeting of the new class takes place at the AWB Policy Summit September 13-15.

And while applications are being accepted for Leadership Washington Class of 2017, the Class of 2016 continues its year-long slate of meetings. The group finished a visit to Olympia in January and will meet again next month in Bellingham/Mt. Vernon, concluding with a visit to Spokane, where the Class of 2016 will graduate at AWB’s Spring Meeting on June 15.

The inaugural class of 2015 explains the value of Leadership Washington in this video, and called the year-long program "a phenomenal experience."

Industry leaders and their staff interested in participating in the program should contact Jackie Riley 360.943.1600 or to learn more about this exclusive look at Washington state's industries, economy and the issues that will shape its future.

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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...

Click here to read the full story at
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