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Housing Forum webinar series runs this fall, voice of employers critical

The economic competitiveness of our state depends on Washington workers in every community being able to have a good quality-of-life, including affordable housing.

The focus of the 2020 Housing Forum webinar series is to inform, build consensus and support statewide stakeholders on policy creation and action that will enable and support high-quality, affordable housing in all communities across the state. We invite all Washington employers and workers to join this critical discussion. It is vital that our state’s elected officials and policy makers have the opportunity to engage with you regarding your workforce housing needs.

Engage with a variety of housing industry stakeholders to strengthen the health of our communities and statewide economy. Hear from developers, government agencies, cities, ports, chambers of commerce and organizations associated with the housing industry in the state of Washington. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of housing affordability and how we might achieve more units of all kinds. We'll also discuss home ownership challenges; regulatory issues; actions at the federal, state and local level; and an understanding of prices in today's market.

This series is offered in an online webinar format, beginning Aug. 25, and will run monthly through December. All webinars are scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon.

Dates include:

  • Aug. 25
  • Sept. 22
  • Oct. 20
  • Nov. 10
  • Dec. 15

Each webinar is $15 and $10 for elected officials. Bundle and save $15 by registering for the whole series by August 25. Full agenda and speaker information will be posted to the series web page. Register now!

AWB is proud to be partnering with the Washington State Association of Counties, Building Industry Association of Washington, Greater Spokane Inc., Washington Realtors and the Washington Public Ports Association.

For assistance with registration, or other questions, please contact our events coordinator Paulette Beadling at pauletteb@awb.org or 360.943.1600.

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Stay Safe Washington
Prepare for Post-Pandemic Life

When the mills close, what's next?

By Mac Alexander Macdonald

What do communities do when their chief sources of income evaporate?

"Re-galvanize and reinvent," says Marc Abshire, executive director of the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce. But what can we do as citizens to contribute to making this a place where industry wants to locate? What will people in the future want to purchase or acquire, and then how do we attract those companies, while nurturing the businesses we currently have? Complacency is not an option, and neither is hope alone.

For a company to partner with an area, it needs a ready and ample workforce. Are people being trained for the skills needed? Will enough housing be available? Will company executives and workers feel comfortable having their medical needs met? Will all employees feel comfortable having their kids educated in the local schools?

Robert Duvall's second famous line in the movie "Apocalypse Now" was, "Someday this war is going to end." Someday this pandemic will be over, so we need to prepare now. Communities like mine need to lay aside rivalries and attract passengers to their future train. It has been well quoted: When the time for action arrives, the time for preparation has passed.

Read the full guest column in The Seattle Times