April 11, 2016
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'Strong advocacy' earns AWB the Ex-Im Bank Chairman's Award

The chairman of the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of the United States honored AWB’s years-long effort to support this important American institution on Friday when he presented AWB with the bank’s Chairman’s Award during the bank’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.

He noted that the Ex-Im Bank has authorized about $66 billion in loans and credit guarantees in Washington state since 2007 – crucial support for a big chunk of the state’s $144 billion in exports.

“AWB understands the importance of Ex-Im for employers of all sizes, and works to educate its member businesses and local economies on the role that Ex-Im can play in expanding exports,” the bank said in announcing the award. Two other statewide trade associations, the Texas Association of Business and the Texas Association of Manufacturers, also received the Chairman’s Award.

The honor recognizes years of advocacy and educational outreach to help explain the importance of the Ex-Im Bank – and the fact that it both supports American manufacturers and contributes billions of dollars to the federal treasury. AWB’s work included two D.C. Fly-ins with two dozen AWB members, as well as a two-pronged communications push to share the need and importance of the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank to Washington state. The effort yielded results: reauthorization of the bank's lapsed federal charter last December.

The two-year effort included a series of videos featuring employers and employees on the need for the bank and a targeted social media and news media outreach. Washington Business magazine has a detailed write-up on this federal campaign.

Read more on AWB’s Olympia Business Watch blog.

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