February 11, 2019
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Alaffia founder meets with president and top U.S. leaders at unveiling of Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative

Alaffia, a Washington company with roots in West Africa, has made empowerment of women a key pillar of its work. Continuing that mission, Alaffia co-founder and CEO Olowo-n’djo Tchala has been invited to join the leadership team for the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (WGDP), which supports female entrepreneurs and women-led businesses in the developing world.

Last week, Tchala visited the White House to meet with President Donald Trump, presidential advisor Ivanka Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and other top leaders, as the WGDP was unveiled.

Tchala met last year with Ivanka Trump, who looked at Alaffia's economic empowerment model as she developed the plan.

"Economic empowerment of all people is necessary — and in particular for women," Tchala said. "But what is most essential for Alaffia is the empowerment of the women at the bottom of the ladder, who often have no representation. Without the inclusion of these women, Africa cannot rise out of poverty. Alaffia stands with and supports any authentic effort to reduce barriers and more strongly connect women to civic and economic opportunity."

AWB highlighted Alaffia's mission-driven business as part of the Grow Here employer image campaign. Watch the videos and learn more at www.growherewashington.com/alaffia.



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State Revenue Is Growing


Legislative session focused on spending, taxes

By AWB President Kris Johnson

The 66th Legislature convened Jan. 14 and is slated to end on April 28. During that time, the top job for lawmakers is to craft the state's two-year operating budget.

The good news is they have record tax collections to work with -- more than $50 billion for the 2019-2021 budget cycle.

To put that into perspective, in 2011-2013 the state collected $31.3 billion in tax revenue.

This revenue growth was illustrated in a large display last fall at the Association of Washington Business's annual Policy Summit. The tallest of the revenue lines was over 6-feet tall. That was the projection for 2021-2023, when state coffers are expected to take in more than $53 billion. At the other end of the chart, the line showing was just over three-and-a-half feet tall...

Read the full guest column in The Wenatchee World
Investing in Green Infrastructure


LNG fuel is just one way the Port of Tacoma's getting cleaner

By Don Meyer and John McCarthy, Port of Tacoma commissioners

The Port of Tacoma has a long history and culture of innovation, shared by our customers and partners.

Three years ago, TOTE Maritime, a port customer for 42 years, began the process to become one of the first shipping lines to run its ships on liquefied natural gas (LNG), a much cleaner burning fuel than traditional bunker diesel.

Is LNG a perfect solution? No, but TOTE's vision and initiative should be celebrated. We can see these benefits immediately by moving toward LNG now and keeping our trade moving, not waiting for the next technology to be invented.

Our plan to open an LNG plant on the Tideflats in the next few years will give us a competitive advantage and increase safety by not having to transfer the fuel via truck...

Don Meyer of Spanaway was elected to his third term on the five-member Port of Tacoma Commission in 2017. John McCarthy of Northeast Tacoma was elected at the same time after previously serving on the commission from 1983-92.

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