July 14, 2014
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AWB Human Resources Forum gives lessons for success and problems to avoid

With four different generations in the workplace, from "traditionalists" to millennials, the landscape is fraught with challenges -- and opportunities. AWB's Human Resources Forum last week offered tips and strategies to surmount and even enjoy the generation gap. Read more »

Inslee proposes new water quality standards, legislation related to toxics

Employers are studying the details of the governor's proposal and waiting to see a draft rule from the Department of Ecology and proposed legislation in order to fully understand the impact it would have both on water quality and economic vitality of the state.

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Avista, Puget Sound Energy to be part of governor's smart grid research

As wind and solar power grow in importance, so too does the need to store their energy for moments when the sun doesn't shine and the wind doesn't blow. Gov. Jay Inslee announced grants last week for research into advanced electric energy storage and smart grid projects, including more than $3 million each to AWB members Puget Sound Energy and Avista. Read more »

As federal Highway Trust fund coasts on fumes, Congress disagrees on a fix

If nothing is done to shore up the empty Highway Trust Fund, federal officials will start rationing funding for state highway projects on Aug. 1. Congress is debating a fix to add $11 billion for funding through next May, but agreement is still elusive. Read more »

Plan now to attend a regional AWB meeting near you

AWB's regional meetings, which run Sept. 3-11 in cities around the state, give members an opportunity to provide input on key issues affecting Washington employers. They're also an excellent way to meet with AWB's government affairs staff and lawmakers from your district. Click "read more" to open the full meeting schedule.

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Key Hearings/Meetings

Hear Sen. Randi Becker speak this Thursday to AWB Health Care Committee

The chair of the state Senate Health Care Committee, Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, center, is the guest speaker at this Thursday's meeting of the AWB Health Care Committee Read more »

Other News

Mitsubishi Aircraft announces plan to open test-flight center in Moses Lake

Dozens of pilots, engineers and technicians are coming to Moses Lake for a new test-flight center being opened to serve Japan's Mitsubishi Aircraft. Washington's aerospace expertise, along with the ideal amenities at the Grant County International Airport, helped lure the facility.

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AWB and state community college board release videos of workforce success stories

Washington's business community and the state's two-year college system work together to ensure that community and technical colleges produce a well-trained and qualified workforce. Three new videos show this partnership between the AWB Institute and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

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Washington's rural roadways are 12th worst in the nation

Twenty-two percent of the rural roadway miles in Washington are in poor condition, according to a new report that highlights the importance of maintaining the rural roads that link America's cities to the countryside that supplies the nation's food, fiber and energy.

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Christmas imports pouring into Puget Sound ports as concerns grow about labor unrest

Retailers are taking no chances as West Coast ports enter their second week without a longshore contract. The ports of Tacoma and Seattle are being deluged with stock for the Christmas season. Importers don't want to take a chance of a strike or lockout shutting down imports during the year's most important sales season.

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State looking at a bumper crop of blueberries

Washington's 175 blueberry growers expect to harvest 90 million pounds of the sweet berry this year, up 10 million pounds from 2013. That puts the state fourth in the nation in blueberry production.

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AWB Events & Resources

Hear from Alaska Airlines CEO and from a top retired general at AWB's Policy Summit

Policy Summit is now only two months away. Have you registered yet? Speakers will include Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden and retired U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal, as well as a panel of legislative leaders and other top business executives. Read more »

The rules for crowdfunding are changing; learn what's new at the Equity Crowdfunding Summit

Websites like Kickstarter have created fresh ways for entrepreneurs to raise seed money for their enterprises, and a 2014 Washington law expands the opportunities even further. Learn what's new at the Aug. 7 Equity Crowdfunding Summit in Seattle. Read more »

They Said It

Finding great employees

"The war for talent is over and talent won." ~ Michelle Cowden of LinkedIn, who spoke at AWB's Human Resources Forum about ways to use social networking to find new workers -- especially great potential employees who aren't currently looking for a job.



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Retired Greater Spokane Inc. CEO to lead statewide initiative

By Katie Ross, Spokane Journal of Business
  
Rich Hadley, who retired as Greater Spokane Incorporated's CEO just two months ago, has agreed to head up a statewide initiative aimed at helping the Olympia-based Association of Washington Business forge closer ties with local chambers of commerce and economic development councils.
Click to read the full column in The Spokane Journal of Business
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In 1995, when some educators were still debating whether students should be allowed to use the Internet, a young teacher at St. Charles Borromeo School in Tacoma assembled a group of fifth-graders to show the grownups the way forward.
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