December 18, 2017
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Dipping Into Reserves

"This is not the time to abandon the fiscal responsibility that has helped move the state away from the roller-coaster ride of surplus to deficit that was once routine." ~ AWB President Kris Johnson, about Gov. Jay Inslee's proposal to take $950 million from the state's "rainy-day fund," with promises of paying it back by implementing a major new carbon tax that would add costs to energy, transportation, manufacturing and other crucial parts of the state's economy.

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Northwest Startup Supporters Grow U.S.-Canada Economic Ties

By Benjamin Romano, editor, Xconomy Seattle

There's a new network organizing the incubators, accelerators, and investors fostering innovation in the Pacific Northwest on both sides of the U.S. - Canada border.

Business collaboration across the 49th parallel is having a moment, thanks in no small part to a dramatic divergence in immigration policies between the two countries this year that have prompted U.S. tech companies to establish or grow their presence in Canada to access talent from around the world.

The Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network (CVAN) is focused on collaboration at the grass-roots level of the innovation economy -- specifically the cleantech, life sciences, and IT industries -- in the broad area known as Cascadia, encompassing Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, Canada.

Read the full column in Xconomy Seattle
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