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Join the "Capitol Conversations" at AWB's Legislative Day & Hill Climb Jan. 28

AWB members are invited to join us Jan. 28 for some "Capitol Conversation" in Olympia. The AWB Legislative Day & Hill Climb allows you to take business issues and concerns directly to our elected officials. Network with policymakers and business leaders as you help keep business priorities top-of-mind. Your participation helps AWB tell the story of how the current legislative agenda impacts private-sector employers across Washington. In addition to the Hill Climb, the event includes policy updates at the AWB offices.

Haven't done something like this before? That's not a problem! AWB staff will prepare you for your meetings with legislators, with all the available resources you might need, including helping direct you to the right locations and equipping you with talking points among other resources in your Hill Climb packet.

If your business is a member of AWB, Washington's Chamber of Commerce, register today in order to inform state legislative agendas that address critical issues to the competitiveness of our state economy. Non-members can register for the reception, but the Hill Climb and legislative update are members-only exclusive-access opportunities.

Need accommodations for a night or two? Join the AWB room block at the Hilton Garden Inn, Olympia. Simply call (360) 236-9934 and mention you'd like to join the "AWB Hill Climb" room block upon registration for your discounted rate.

Salon owner D'Arcy Harrison has been successful sharing her story directly with lawmakers at multiple hearings in Olympia. Join the conversation today by taking part in the 2019 AWB Legislative Day & Hill Climb!

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Forward into Space Investment

Federal space push is an opportunity for Washington

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

The new federal Space Force received just $40 million in the $738 billion defense budget that Congress recently approved.

That amount is as comical as the name Space Force, which sounds like something from a low-budget sci-fi movie.

But that belies serious effort and spending the federal government is now devoting to space activities. Snickering aside, this should renew Washington state efforts to be sure its universities, workers and growing cluster of space companies play substantial roles in these national investments.

As the nation increases space investment, legislators and Gov. Jay Inslee should nurture and grow space research, development and manufacturing in Washington, building on its historical leadership in aerospace and software.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times