September 30, 2019
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AWB membership department wins two national awards

Each year AWB participates in an operational excellence survey, and part of that survey compares AWB membership performance to our peer sets, organizations with budgets of $5 million or more. That includes the largest chambers in the nation: New York, California, Georgia, and Wisconsin, among others.

Last week at a meeting of state chamber organizations, AWB was named the overall winner for the greatest retention in membership numbers, meaning AWB had the greatest retention of members of any state chamber.

“This recognition is a great reflection of how we care and feed for our members,” said AWB President Kris Johnson. “It really is a team award, because it takes our entire team working to attract and retain members and provide them with relevant programs, products and services.”

AWB also received the runner up award for the greatest growth in new members.

The awards were presented to AWB Membership Director Sean Heiner in Denver at a three-in-one conference hosted by the Council of State Chambers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Association of State Chamber Professionals.

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The Times recommends: Reject car tabs Initiative 976 and its devastating effects

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

In his latest ballot measure, initiative promoter Tim Eyman is overreaching again. He conjures a fantasy world in which Washington's transportation infrastructure is complete, efficient and everlasting.

The real-life Initiative 976 is a direct threat to Washington's well-being. It would cut repairs to streets and bridges of 62 districts across the state, delay voter-approved mass transit in mid-construction and cost taxpayers more money in the long run. The statewide transportation budget, including highway construction and the State Patrol, would be shorted $4 billion over the next decade.

Little wonder large employers including Amazon, Alaska Airlines and Microsoft, business groups, city and county officials, unions and environmental concerns oppose I-976...

Nothing about I-976 is a good idea, in terms of responsible governance or prudent money management. Eyman asks voters to buy a falsity that there's some miraculous way to fund our state's backlog of bridge, road and transit needs. Because the courts cannot end this toxic nonsense quickly enough, voters must reject I-976 themselves.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times