December 18, 2017
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Rep. Manweller removed from leadership roles

As his employer investigates allegations made against him, state Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, has agreed to step down from his role as assistant floor leader for the House Republicans. Manweller also will no longer serve as ranking member of the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee. He will remain serving as a legislator.

"Right now, I plan to focus solely on my district and step away from my leadership roles,” Manweller said.

Manweller, a professor at Central Washington University, is being investigated for allegations of sexual harassment. The university placed him on leave last week while investigating the allegations. He has denied any wrongdoing.

The Seattle Times and News Tribune have more.

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Northwest Startup Supporters Grow U.S.-Canada Economic Ties

By Benjamin Romano, editor, Xconomy Seattle

There's a new network organizing the incubators, accelerators, and investors fostering innovation in the Pacific Northwest on both sides of the U.S. - Canada border.

Business collaboration across the 49th parallel is having a moment, thanks in no small part to a dramatic divergence in immigration policies between the two countries this year that have prompted U.S. tech companies to establish or grow their presence in Canada to access talent from around the world.

The Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network (CVAN) is focused on collaboration at the grass-roots level of the innovation economy -- specifically the cleantech, life sciences, and IT industries -- in the broad area known as Cascadia, encompassing Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, Canada.

Read the full column in Xconomy Seattle
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