July 27, 2020
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AWB's Elections/Endorsements page highlights candidates who support employers

With primary ballots arriving in mailboxes across the state, it's a great time to remind yourself of which legislators have consistently voted to make Washington a good place to do business. AWB's elections/endorsement page is live with a list of incumbents who have earned AWB's automatic endorsements in this election cycle.

Check back for updates as AWB interviews challengers and makes recommendations for the primary election. We'll also have a full set of endorsements for the general election in November.

Contact Government Affairs Director Mike Ennis with questions.

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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