April 29, 2019
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Spring edition of Washington Business magazine is in the mail

The spring edition of Washington Business is off the press and into the mail.

The cover story of the spring edition features a look at AWB's multi-year employer image campaign, Grow Here, from the latest companies to be profiled to some of the earliest businesses that show off the kinds of quality employers that call Washington home.

This edition also includes a new feature in Washington Business called "How I Did It" -- an interview with a successful CEO about the twists, turns, tips and pitfalls that led them to their current success. This new feature kicks off by interviewing Jean Thompson the CEO of the flourishing Seattle Chocolate Co.

Other highlights of the spring edition:

  •  AWB President Kris Johnson's column, focusing on the grassroots advocacy of AWB members and employers;
  •  AWB Board Chair Tim Schauer's column, " Washington Employers are Stronger When We Work Together for the Common Good";
  •  "Riding on Rails," a look at how modern freight rail is a key, green part of our region's transportation network;
  •  "Our Best Investment," by AWB Government Affairs Director Amy Anderson, on the state's ongoing investments in early childhood education;
  •  "Breaking the Cycle," about how education inside prisons is changing lives for the better -- and helping employers find well-trained workers;

AWB members will be receiving their print edition of Washington Business magazine in the mail over the coming days. The spring edition will be bundled with a copy of AWB's latest annual report (which is available to read online.)

Contact Jason Hagey, vice president, communications, to learn more about being featured in Washington Business or to advertise.

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