August 19, 2019
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AWB's Federal Affairs Summit kicks off today with evening reception in the Tri-Cities

The 2019 Federal Affairs Summit begins today in the Tri-Cities with an evening networking reception at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center. Employers, thought leaders, policy makers and influencers are coming together to discuss the federal issues that impact Washington business and industry.

Nearly half of Washington state’s congressional delegation will gather Aug. 20 at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, operated by Battelle, for a full day of policy panels and congressional speakers. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse will help kick off the event, which will examine the impact of federal policy on Washington’s economy, including agriculture, international trade, infrastructure, and energy.

Other confirmed speakers include U.S. Reps. Suzan DelBene, Derek Kilmer and Kim Schrier. U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes will deliver the luncheon keynote address.

Panel topics will include an Export-Import Bank update, the future of innovation and energy in Washington, the impact of federal policies on our state’s waterways and agriculture industry, and a discussion on bipartisanship.

The full agenda and speaker lineup are available online. Online registration is closed, but you can contact our events team to see if there are still seats available. Contact Jacob Sodeman at or 360-943-1600 for more information.

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