November 17, 2014
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Three AWB members receive Corporations for Communities Award from secretary of state

Secretary of State Kim Wyman honored three AWB members last week for their generosity and contributions to their local communities. The Barkley Company (Bellingham), The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse (Sumner) and The McGregor Company (Colfax) were honored with the Corporations for Communities Award for giving back to their communities. Bellevue-based John Howie Restaurants was also honored.

"I’m proud and honored to present these four amazing and deserving companies with this award," Wyman said. "Many businesses of all sizes make a difference by donating money, items or volunteers toward worthy causes. It makes me proud that we have so many generous companies here in Washington."

According to the secretary of state's office, the recipients and their award-winning activities were:

  • The Barkley Company, which includes Talbot Real Estate, was nominated for its corporate giving in the Bellingham community. It provided free space and renovated its local library, and has donated more than $80,000 annually to several organizations.
  • The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse was nominated for its extensive community involvement. It has created, sponsored or participated in several cancer, research, autism, multiple sclerosis and other benefit events. It has sponsored the “visit with Santa and Elves” at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, Operation Turkey Drop and Operation Ham Grenade, providing holiday meals to Joint Base Lewis-McChord families. The company encourages use of paid time for its employees to participate in these activities.
  • The McGregor Company was nominated by the Whitman County Library for supporting multiple library contributions that include continued sponsorship of children’s Summer Reading, Whitman County Rural Heritage collections and renovation support in a number of the library system’s 14 branch locations. The company also contributes time and financial assistance to civic, school and community endeavors in multiple towns. It has led efforts to revitalize the city of LaCrosse via LaCrosse Community Pride.

The McGregor Company's outstanding efforts earned it AWB's 2013 Community Service Award.

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Long term, transportation funding is school funding

By The News Tribune editorial board

"Children before concrete" is one of the catchphrases of people who've been fighting transportation funding in the Legislature.

It's a false choice. Smart investments in highway and transit infrastructure don't steal money from schools and social welfare programs. They create jobs and expand the economy, helping pay for public services that benefit children and everyone else.

The 2015 Legislature will rightly focus on increasing public school funding, as mandated by the state Supreme Court's 2012 McCleary decision. But this shouldn't mean stiffing the state's infrastructure needs. It's not an either-or dilemma: Further investment in transportation is needed to fully fund public education over the long haul.

Click here for the full column in The News Tribune

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