April 18, 2016
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Nominate young employer-leaders to grow through AWB's Leadership Washington program

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 this 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 JackieR@awb.org 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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Support Redevelopment to Create Jobs

Remove the barriers to prosperity

By Lee Newgent, Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council AFL-CIO; Larry Brown, Aerospace Machinists Union District Lodge 751; and Vince O'Halloran, Sailors' Union of the Pacific

Communities across our state are being rocked by the loss of jobs from closures of viable industry and manufacturing -- such as the Alcoa plant in Wenatchee. At the same time, we are facing extreme resistance to use or repurpose sites that have been closed, symptomatic of a growing and devastating "deindustrialization" sentiment. Examples include opposition to the proposal to use a former Alcoa plant for the Millennium Bulk Terminals project in Longview, and the proposal in Tacoma -- now on hold -- to convert a former aluminum smelter into a methanol refinery.

It's no secret that our regulatory process is broken. It has become so protracted and unpredictable that we are sending potential investors the unmistakable message that Washington is an inhospitable place to launch new industrial, energy and transportation facilities.

Each of these issues can and must be addressed immediately by state leaders.

Click here to read the full op-ed in The Wenatchee World
Sensible Savings

Even uncommon voices can find common ground on energy efficiency

By Ross Eisenberg of the National Association of Manufacturers and Kit Kennedy of the Natural Resources Defense Council

Washington, D.C., has earned a reputation in recent years as a city plagued by hyper-partisan gridlock. Yet our two organizations -- which often disagree -- have found common ground on energy efficiency. It's instructive to look at why both the National Association of Manufacturers and the Natural Resources Defense Council both support it.

It's simple, really: by building better buildings, making more innovative products, and using creative manufacturing processes, we can accomplish multiple goals -- reducing wasted resources, improving our electricity system, preventing more toxic pollution, reducing climate change, and fueling economic growth. Many new, innovative energy efficiency products and technologies are made right here by American manufacturers, creating jobs and economic growth across the nation.

Candidates aren't banging their fists on the lectern about energy efficiency. There are no big-budget commercials or fiery debates on TV. But that's not because the issue isn't important. Buildings consume approximately 40 percent of all the energy used in the United States. Improving energy efficiency of our buildings, and of the appliances and equipment inside them, is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to improve the environment, save money, combat global climate change, and stoke our economy...

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