July 28, 2014
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AWB hits the road with WashACE partners to build consensus for pro-growth agenda

AWB President Kris Johnson joined Steve Mullin of the Washington Roundtable and Richard Davis of the Washington Research Council last week for the first leg of a two-week road trip to find out what it will take to bring broad prosperity to Washington. Community and business leaders in five cities agreed that education, transportation and job creation are top priorities. Read more »

Gov. Inslee asks businesses to share insights on carbon reduction measures

Carbon reduction policies are a cornerstone of the Inslee administration, and the governor came to AWB last week to share his perspective. AWB members reminded him that costs matter and that Washington's economy will struggle to compete if climate change policies make energy, transportation and the cost of doing business more expensive. Read more »

Walla Walla winemaker L'Ecole No. 41 explains importance of Ex-Im Bank

The celebrated L'Ecole No. 41 wine is produced in Walla Walla and shipped around the world because of the payment guarantees offered by the Ex-Im Bank. In a new video, L'Ecole manager Marty Clubb explains why this little-known but imperiled federal institution is crucial to his company's international success. Read more »

Study on impacts of Gateway Pacific project shows need for rail improvements

A study released last week examining the impacts of the Gateway Pacific Terminal in Bellingham showed that increasing train traffic from freight and rail service will require improvements to Washington's rail system, whether or not the terminal is built. Read more »

Washington secretly but unsuccessfully competed for Tesla battery 'gigafactory'

Washington's Department of Commerce mounted an "aggressive effort" last fall to attract a multi-billion-dollar Tesla battery production facility but was not among the finalists. Was Washington's business climate the reason that the greenest motor company on the planet wouldn't build its electric battery factory in the Evergreen State? 
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Key Hearings/Meetings

Save the date for two AWB environmental committee meetings in late August

The AWB Water Quality Committee will meet Aug. 26 at 10 a.m., and the Land Use Committee meets on Aug. 28, also at 10 a.m. Mark your calendars and contact Brandon Houskeeper at 800.521.9325 to learn more.

Minimum wage committee to meet Aug. 5

As Seattle prepares to implement its $15 minimum wage, the 2015 legislative session is sure to include proposals to lift the statewide minimum wage by several dollars --  or more. AWB has a new minimum wage committee that is formulating the business community's engagement on the issue. Read more »

Take part in AWB's regional meetings Sept. 3-11

Meet with AWB leaders and share your story of how Washington's business climate is working -- or how it needs to improve. Help influence AWB's 2015 legislative priorities by visiting a regional meeting near you. They begin Sept. 3 in Vancouver and conclude Sept. 11 in Bellevue. Read more »

Workers' Compensation, Employment Law committees to meet next week

Two AWB committees related to workplace issues will meet next week. The Workers' Compensation Committee meets Aug. 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Employment Law Committee meets Aug. 7, also from 1 to 3 p.m. Contact Bob Battles at 800.521.9325 for information.

Other News

Videos show the way forward as community colleges match businesses with trained workers

One of the biggest problems AWB members say they face is finding skilled, trained and committed workers. AWB, in partnership with the state's two-year community and technical colleges, is working to change that. Read more »

Inslee hires environmental and tribal lobbyist as his legislative director

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the hiring last week of Miguel Perez-Gibson as his legislative director. Perez-Gibson replaces Ted Sturdevant, who stepped down earlier this year. Read more »

Ex-Im Bank to hold 'Export 101' seminar in Auburn

Learn how to sell your products to global customers at "Export 101: Your Door to the World," a seminar being held Aug. 7 in Auburn by the Export-Import Bank. Read more »

Passages: Former Seattle Mayor and Port of Seattle Commissioner Paul Schell

Paul Schell, who served as Seattle's mayor from 1998 to 2002, died Sunday at age 76. He is being remembered as "an artist of the public sphere" and the only Seattle mayor in a half century to have business experience. 
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Rep. Mike Hope resigns over dual Washington and Ohio voter registrations

State Rep. Mike Hope stepped down Thursday after it was discovered that he was registered to vote in both Washington and Ohio. Hope, who was not running for reelection, said he had no idea he had accidentally registered to vote while applying for a driver's license as he prepared to move across the country. Read more »

AWB Events & Resources

It's time to nominate for AWB's Manufacturing Excellence Awards

Take a few moments to nominate a worthy manufacturer -- maybe even your own company -- for a 2014 Manufacturing Excellence Award. While you're at it, mark your calendars for the AWB's Manufacturing Summit Oct. 28 in Kent. Read more »

Have you registered for Policy Summit? There's still time

New speakers and panelists have been announced as the 25th annual AWB Policy Summit approaches. Reserve your spot today to hear from visionary leaders, influential lawmakers and other entrepreneurs Sept. 16-18 at Suncadia Resort. Read more »

Attend the Aug. 7 Equity Crowdfunding Summit and learn about newly created ways to raise capital

A new law passed this year gives Washington businesses a fresh way to raise money by selling stock directly to the general public. Learn about the possibilities at the Aug. 7 Equity Crowdfunding Summit in Seattle. Read more »

They Said It

Governor Talks Climate

"Even if we reach a result that AWB or individual businesses don't think is the best result, I need your input. I need your criticism. I need your hopes for a better policy."~ Gov. Jay Inslee, speaking at AWB about his climate change and carbon emission reduction policies.

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Stop cities from setting state law

By Richard Davis, president of the Washington Research Council

For a time, cities like Seattle can withstand the costs of high taxes, mandated employee compensation and extraordinary regulatory burdens.

Eventually, though, business will migrate to communities offering similar amenities with lower costs, affordable housing and better schools. Some will look at the region and forego the risk of locating or expanding here. Those that stick face an increasing costly, unpredictable labor environment.

Click to read the full column from The Herald

Time is Now to Talk to Legislators

By Gary Chandler, Association of Washington Business

No shortfall, no special session, but plenty of business issues on the agenda. Lawmakers will have a heavy lift ahead of them in 2015. Now's the time to start talking with legislators about how their policy decisions impact your hiring decisions at home.

Click to read the full story from Washington Business Magazine
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