October 14, 2019
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Four firms hired to gather opinions on Lower Snake River dams

Four consulting firms have been contracted to gather opinions and information about possibly removing the four Lower Snake River dams, Pullman Radio News reports.

The firms are Ross Strategic, Kramer Consulting, White Bluffs Consulting and Anchor QEA. They will “gather and summarize current work on dam retention or removal, interview stakeholders and people from around the state, and write a report about the economic, environmental and social impacts of removing the dam,” the news station reports.

The report will not include a recommendation on whether or not to remove the dams. The report is scheduled to be finished and open to public comment in early December.



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Manufacturing is alive and well

It's time to celebrate the amazing things Washington makes

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Washington makes some really cool things.

We're famous for many of them -- airplanes, apples, software, wheat and more. The state's iconic manufacturers established the foundation that our recent economic expansion is built upon.

But there are many medium and small manufacturers that fewer people know about. The fishing rod manufacturer in Woodland. The music stand manufacturer in Yakima. The boat builder in Colville. And the manufacturing company in Richland that makes surgical tools to help heal patients around the world.

Read the full op ed in the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.
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An Interview with Debbie Sterling, GoldieBlox CEO

By Christine Varela, partner, DH

Last week, I attended the Association of Washington Business's (AWB) annual Policy Summit. AWB, Washington's largest and oldest statewide business association, brings together members from businesses across Washington every year to help them gain insights on trade policy, small business leadership, entrepreneurship and engage in high-level, statewide policy discussion.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to host an interview with Debbie Sterling, successful businesswoman, entrepreneur and founder and CEO of GoldieBlox.

Read the full blog post here.