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Save the Date for AWB's Legislative Day & Hill Climb -- Jan. 28



The AWB Legislative Day & Hill Climb is your chance to join the conversation in Olympia. The event allows AWB members to take employer issues and concerns directly to our elected officials. Your participation helps AWB tell the story of how policy decisions in Olympia impact small, medium and large businesses in every corner of the state.

In addition to policy updates at the AWB offices, the Hill Climb gives attendees the opportunity to take their issues and concerns directly to their legislators on the capitol campus. This event brings together business leaders, legislators and special guests with one goal – to keep employer priorities top-of-mind with our elected officials. Non-members can register for the reception, but the Hill Climb and legislative update are members-only exclusive-access opportunities. If your business is a member of the state chamber of commerce, register today!

Need accommodations for a night or two? Join the AWB room block at the Hilton Garden Inn, Olympia. Call 360.236.9934 and mention you'd like to join the "AWB Hill Climb" room block upon registration for your discounted rate.



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Spreading Christmas Joy
Holiday Kids Tree

Sharing the Spirit of the Season Across Our State

By AWB President Kris Johnson

As the state's business and manufacturing association, AWB is proud to lead a number of statewide efforts. Perhaps the most heartwarming is our job each December to coordinate the decorations and lighting of the state's holiday tree. Those decorations are always bundled up after the new year and donated to a local children's hospital.

Washington employers have donated a total of $438,000 to the Holiday Kids' Tree project over the last three decades. Just before the annual tree-lighting ceremony, we give bags of toys and checks to representatives from rural fire districts who distribute the food and toys to families in need. This year we were able to spread holiday cheer to families across the state, from Camano Island to Chelan and Walla Walla.

And speaking of trees, your state Capitol this year was filled with the greenery of a 34-foot noble fir, donated by Weyerhaeuser from its Vail Tree Farm near Rainier.

The tree was harvested from a small area that is being cleared to make room for a series of wind turbines at the new Skookumchuck Wind Farm. This 38-turbine project, a partnership between Puget Sound Energy, Weyerhaeuser, TransAlta and RES, will generate 137 megawatts of power -- enough to power 48,000 homes. That will be a gift for generations to come...

Read the full guest column in The (Centralia) Chronicle