August 26, 2019
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Local fire departments urged to apply to be part of the Holiday Kids' Tree Project

Do you have contacts in your local firefighting community? Please consider nominating small town and rural fire departments for this year’s Holiday Kids’ Tree Project, which gives grants to fire departments to distribute to families and children in need.

AWB members have donated more than $420,000 since 1989 to help families during the holiday season. The money is distributed by local fire districts and provides for things like food, staples and toys.

Now, AWB is asking employers for help connecting to the rural fire departments that are in touch with their communities and the people that could use a boost.

Please take a moment to check out our nomination form here. For more information please contact Susie Griffin at 360.943.1600 or

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Deadline for written comments on draft overtime rule Sept. 6
Support for Ex-Im Bank Grows

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