April 22, 2019
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AWB annual report now available online; print version in the mail next week

The 2018 AWB annual report is out, telling the story of how the association is working to support our state's employers and the communities they sustain.

"Big and small. Urban and rural. White collar, blue collar and no collar. We're all in this together," AWB President Kris Johnson and Board Chair Tim Schauer say in the introduction to the 24-page report.

The annual report highlights the variety of ways that AWB serves as a unifying voice for economic prosperity throughout all of Washington.

That includes the second-annual Manufacturing Week bus tour and AWB's third Rural Jobs Summit, as well as ongoing advocacy for infrastructure investments and broadband and AWB's work to educate stakeholders and employers about Washington's new Paid Family and Medical Leave Act.

"We did all of this and more to serve and strengthen our members -- the Washington employers that power our economy and build our communities," Johnson and Schauer said.

The print version of the annual report will be mailed next week, along with copies of the new spring edition of Washington Business magazine.

Read the full annual report online as a magazine, or click here for a scrolling web-friendly version.

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