October 9, 2017
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Manufacturing Week: Nearly 70 stops, more than 2,000 miles traveled to highlight importance of Washington's manufacturing sector

AWB put the spotlight on manufacturing in an unprecedented fashion this fall. It started Friday, Sept. 29, when the first of two buses rolled out of Olympia for stops on the Olympic Peninsula. The tour resumed Monday with two buses stopping at nearly 70 manufacturers in every corner of the state, including Manufacturing Day events. On Thursday, the tour paused briefly in Seattle for the annual Manufacturing Summit, which included the presentation of the 2017 Manufacturing Excellence Awards. Then on Friday, AWB joined in the national Manufacturing Day celebration as the bus tour made its final stop in Tumwater at Alaffia, a fair trade manufacturer of skin care products with a compelling story to tell about alleviating poverty.

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Manufacturing Summit focuses on state of the sector, apprenticeships and honors manufacturing excellence

Manufacturers across the state were celebrated and apprenticeship programs were demystified at AWB Institute's annual Manufacturing Summit Thursday. The event began with a look at RSM's Monitor Survey, the event's presenting sponsor, followed by a discussion on how to establish and get support for an apprenticeship program and culminated with the presentation of the Manufacturing Excellence awards.

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Manufacturing Day events take place across Washington

From Everett Community College to Weyerhaeuser and every employer in between, AWB staff members were out in force for Manufacturing Day on Friday to celebrate and highlight today's manufacturing careers. The day ended with the final stop of the association's first-ever Manufacturing Week bus tour at Alaffia in Tumwater, a fair-trade company and manufacturer of quality beauty products.

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Ex-Im Bank vice chair shares how Washington manufacturers can use the bank to access global markets

A growing middle-class across the globe means more demand for American-made products. That's where the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank comes in to help ensure overseas markets are accessible to even the smallest manufacturing operation in Washington state and across the country, explained Ex-Im Bank Vice Chair Scott Schloegel at AWB Institute's annual Manufacturing Summit on Thursday.

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Building group asks governor to bring lawmakers back to fix Hirst water rights ruling

The Building Industry Association of Washington, in a letter last week, asked Gov. Jay Inslee to reconvene the Legislature for a special session to pass a permanent fix to the state Supreme Court's 2016 Hirst water rights ruling. The association cited the nearly $7 billion economic loss to the state, mostly in rural areas, due to the ruling.

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Other News

Washington Business Week breakfast Oct. 27 supports students, programming

Employers, educators and business leaders can support students and help them reach their full potential through participation in Washington Business Week's annual Takin' Care Business Benefit Breakfast on Oct. 27 at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond. There is no charge to attend the event. Register here.

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Seattle Southside Chamber to host Business Showcase Luncheon Oct. 13

AWB's Grassroots Alliance partner, Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce, is extending an invitation to AWB members to attend its Business Showcase Luncheon this Friday, Oct. 13, at the Hilton Seattle Airport.

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WSU Everett wins award for being 'key part' of region's future

The newest addition to Washington State University's local campuses, WSU Everett, was recognized by the Puget Sound Regional Council for being a key piece in the region's future with the 2017 VISION 2040 Award.

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Seattle Symphony names new music director

Danish maestro Thomas Dausgaard will take over the job of Seattle Symphony's music director. The change, announced last week, will take place in the symphony's 2019-20 season.

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AWB Events & Resources

Webinar Oct. 19: Learn the latest on Washington's new Paid Family & Medical Leave law

Washington's new Paid Family and Medical Leave law was negotiated with employer concerns front and center, especially small businesses. Learn what's happening with this new law during an Oct. 19 webinar with AWB Government Affairs Director Bob Battles, who was a major employer advocate at the table during this legislative session.

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Schedule filling up, seats selling out for Rural Jobs Summit at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake

Top legislative leaders from both parties will gather in Moses Lake Oct 23-24 for AWB's Rural Jobs Summit. Big Bend Community College will host the event, which will continue the discussion started this spring about how to bring jobs to rural Washington and economic prosperity to the entire state. Watch this new video for more. As of last week, only 50 seats remained for the two-day summit.

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Oct. 24: Introduction to Private Equity Investing

Private equity investing is a source of capital for manufacturers and digital infrastructure companies and an alternative asset for accredited investors. Register today to attend the workshop hosted by Davis Wright Tremaine in Bellevue and featuring Kristofer Gray, CFP of Integrity Financial, on Oct.24, 6-8:30 p.m.

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Webinar Nov. 8: Learn how to navigate the Legislature online

Follow the latest legislative news right from your computer or phone with the tips, tricks and details that we'll teach you at the upcoming "Navigating leg.wa.gov & Bill Tracking" webinar. Cheri Randich of the Legislative Information Center will offer her insights on tracking the legislative process at this Nov. 8 AWB webinar.

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Registration is open for fourth-annual AWB D.C. Fly-in

Meet with members of Congress. Tell your story. Be part of the solution. AWB's 2017 D.C. Fly-in Dec. 4-6 offers business leaders and owners a chance to talk directly with members of Congress and other decision-makers in the nation's capital. Registration is now open for the fourth-annual D.C. Fly-in.

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AWB offers long-term care solutions for you and your employees

As part of its range of services to help employers provide great benefits to their employees, AWB now offers a long-term care product. In partnership with Long Term Care Associates, this plan will help employers and employees protect their assets and experience peace of mind.

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Tweet of the Week

Manufacturing Means Jobs

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Manufacturing Across Washington

"What a great way to start #MFGDay17 roaring." ~ Chrys Kefalas, vice president, brand strategy, National Association of Manufacturers, mentioning AWB in a tweet highlighting the association's first-ever Manufacturing Week bus tour video recap on Thursday.

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Perceptions Matter

How the Manufacturing Industry's Image Problem is Hurting the American Economy

By David Farr, chairman and CEO, Emerson; and, Jay Timmons, president and CEO, National Association of Manufacturers

For workers and families looking to secure great jobs and improve their standard of living, a manufacturing job could be the answer. The same is true for young people looking to launch a promising career. The modern American manufacturing worker is often also a high-tech worker with a rewarding, hands-on, well-paying job. In fact, the average manufacturing worker earns $81,289 annually in pay and benefits -- well above the national average across all industries. Manufacturers are hiring, but the challenge is helping people get the skills they need to secure these jobs...

Today, as many as 350,000 manufacturing jobs are unfilled. By 2025, manufacturers expect 3.5 million job openings but 2 million of them could sit unfilled -- promising good wages and rewarding work but lacking candidates.

This is more than a manufacturing challenge. It is an American challenge. The strength of our economy hangs in the balance.

Read the full column in Media Planet
Court Opinion is Needed

State AG Should Challenge Seattle Effort to Impose Income Tax

By Editorial Board, Walla Walla Union Bulletin

State Rep. Terry Nealey, R-Dayton -- an attorney by trade -- has wisely joined the effort to persuade state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, a Democrat, to mount a legal challenge against the city of Seattle's recently enacted income tax.

It's not the fact that citizens of Seattle will have to pay tax that bothers Nealey, it's that imposing an income tax in Washington state is illegal in theory. In reality, it's not illegal until a court rules.

Read the full editorial in The Walla Walla Union Bulletin
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