July 22, 2019
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New speakers confirmed for Federal Affairs Summit August 19-20

AWB is pleased to announce the members of Congress who are confirmed as speakers at the 2019 Federal Affairs Summit August 19 and 20 at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, operated by Battelle, in the Tri-Cities. Get to know the people who represent you in the federal government at AWB’s Federal Affairs Summit and engage with our federal delegation and government agencies.

Federal policies have an outsized impact here in Washington, where international trade and military bases are cornerstones of the economy. Taxes, tariffs and infrastructure are critical to employers small and large. That's why it's critical that Washington employers engage with our federal delegation and government agencies on policy that may impact your business and industry. You'll come away informed.

Your voice is essential in informing the members of Washington’s congressional delegation about the policies and initiatives that will allow our state to thrive, and AWB is providing members the opportunity to do just that at the Federal Affairs Summit.

Our agenda this year includes an opening reception at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center, panels on the future of innovation and energy, a panel on bipartisanship, and remarks from these Washington representatives:

  • U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-WA

  • U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-WA
  • U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-WA
  • U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier, D-WA

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to participate in discussions that contribute to a business environment conducive to creating a resilient and growing, statewide economy.

Register here or contact Jacob Sodeman at JacobS@awb.org for more information.

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Career-connected Learning

Steer our students to the many paths for productive lives

By State Sen. Lisa Wellman and State Rep. Vandana Slatter

We know that today's jobs require education beyond high school. But our graduation rate is still under 80 percent, and only 40 percent of our high school students earn a credential or degree after high school by the time they are 26 years old.

Meanwhile, businesses can't find workers with the skills they need. This means that despite the state's strong economic growth, thousands of Washington students are being left behind every single year.

The situation is serious and getting more urgent. In the next few years, Washington employers are anticipating 740,000 job openings with jobs that require technical certification, apprenticeship or college degrees. We need to get students ready...

Career Connect Washington provides a fundamental new framework for connecting students to high demand, high potential jobs, and higher education, job training and actual employment. Through a regional approach of supporting localized networks focused on the needs of our diverse state, each area of our state will be able to help students learn about, explore and prepare for their careers...

Read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times