December 18, 2017
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Clay Hill joins AWB government affairs team

Clay Hill will join the AWB government affairs team in January. Hill has served in his current role with the House Republican Caucus since 2013. In addition to tax policy, he has provided policy analysis for members of the Technology & Economic Development Committee and served as staff for several other committees. He replaces Eric Lohnes as AWB’s government affairs director for tax and fiscal policy.

Hill joined the House Republican Caucus following experience as a deputy prosecutor in Okanogan County. He also worked as a civil litigation attorney in King County and served as a legal counsel for the Building Industry Association of Washington. He began his career as a criminal defense attorney in Wenatchee. Hill received both his law degree and undergraduate degree from Willamette University.

“I’m delighted that Clay will be joining AWB,” said Gary Chandler, vice president of government affairs. “He brings a wealth of experience on tax and fiscal issues to our staff at a time when tax policy is under particularly intense scrutiny.”

Hill will officially be on staff Jan. 1.

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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.

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