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Three new members of Congress confirmed for AWB's virtual Federal Affairs Summit Aug. 11



The Association of Washington Business is hosting the 2020 virtual Federal Affairs Summit on Tuesday, Aug. 11. Federal policies have an outsized impact here in Washington, where international trade is a cornerstone of the economy. This is why AWB is convening a conversation on federal policy.

Join us for a day of engaging conversation online, all from the convenience of your home or office. AWB is hosting the exclusive-access federal-level discussion for AWB members, business leaders, and policy makers whose businesses are impacted by federal policy. Engage in discussions, inform our federal representatives and learn how we can come together to shape federal policy to contribute to a safe, healthy and prosperous community for all.

We are pleased to announce that U.S. Reps. Kim Schrier, D-Wash., 8th District; Adam Smith, D-Wash., 9th District; and Rick Larsen, D-Wash., 2nd District, have confirmed as speakers. We have invited the full slate of our state’s congressional delegation to participate in 30-minute time slots that include remarks and the opportunity for you to engage with them in question-and-answer sessions.

Previously confirmed speakers include:

  • U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., 1st District
  • U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., 4th District
  • U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., 5th District
  • U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., 6th District
  • U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., 10th District

You'll have the chance to connect directly with members of Washington’s congressional delegation, ask your questions and discuss federal policy on issues around trade, economic recovery and more.

Additional panels will discuss issues facing the state from the pandemic, as well as international trade, including a discussion of the U.S./U.K. free trade agreement.

Registration is just $40 for members and $80 for non-members. Register online now!

Contact Paulette Beadling at pauletteb@awb.org or 360-943-1600 with questions or for more information.



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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