August 26, 2019
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Emily Wittman named CEO of Aerospace Futures Alliance

Emily Wittman has been named CEO of the Aerospace Futures Alliance. Wittman has previously served on the staff of U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, the Puget Sound Regional Council and Greater Seattle Partners, The Puget Sound Business Journal reports.

“Washington is an innovation economy and aerospace has been its driving force for more than 100 years,” Wittman said in a news release. “This is the most exciting time to be in aerospace, and I am honored to work for our more than 1,400 companies in this role.”

Rosemary Brester of Hobart Machined Products was a member of the CEO search committee.

“As both an aerospace and commercial space supplier, I look forward to her leadership in helping businesses like mine stay globally competitive,” Brester said.

Wittman is a University of Washington alumna. She succeeds Kelly Maloney, who left this summer after four years of leading the agency.

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In Our View: Congress must reauthorize Ex-Im Bank now

By The Columbian Editorial Board

For 85 years, the federal Export-Import Bank has helped American corporations compete in the global marketplace. Now it is in need of reauthorization from Congress.

In recent years in Clark County, the bank has supported companies such as Conquest Consulting Group, Northwest Natural Products and Neil Jones Food Company. Across Washington, it has supported companies large and small in every region. About 90 percent of businesses that use Ex-Im Bank services are small businesses that provide local jobs and contribute to the local tax base.

The Ex-Im Bank, which provides and guarantees loans to help foreign entities make purchases from U.S. companies, is particularly important in our state, where an estimated 40 percent of all jobs are tied in some fashion to international trade...

Read the full editorial in The Columbian