October 13, 2014
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Ports of Seattle and Tacoma announce historic cooperation agreement

Saying they want to end 'corrosive competition,' the ports of Tacoma and Seattle last week announced a new Seaport Alliance to cooperate on container shipments.
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Study: Freight rail worth a decade of Washington's economic growth

The newly announced Seaport Alliance could be good news for rail, according to some observers, and that would be good news for the state. Freight rail is a major part of the state's economic success, according to a report. Read more »

AWB endorses Supreme Court justices Charles Johnson and Mary Yu

After an extensive review and interview process, AWB has endorsed two candidates for state Supreme Court: incumbent justices Charles Johnson and Mary Yu.
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Biden visits Renton Technical College, touts importance of jobs skills and training

Vice President Joe Biden toured Renton Technical College last week and spoke about the importance of post-high school training. Read more »

'Benchmarks for Washington' shows strengths and areas needing improvement

Washington is doing some things well but there are important areas that need improvement, according to the latest annual update of the Washington Roundable's "Benchmarks for a Better Washington" report. Read more »

Key Hearings/Meetings

Top L&I leaders to meet with AWB Workers' Compensation Committee about 2015 rates

The director of Labor & Industries and several top members of his staff will attend a meeting of the AWB Workers' Compensation Committee this Friday at 10 a.m. to discuss rates for next year. Read more »

AWB Water Quality to meet Tuesday

Draft Department of Ecology water quality standards will be on the agenda for discussion during the AWB Water Quality meeting Tuesday at 10 a.m. at AWB in Olympia Contact Brandon Houskeeper to learn more, or Connie Grande to participate by phone.

State experts to meet with Land Use and Construction Committee Tuesday

Rep. Jake Fey and a number of state officials will meet with the AWB Land Use and Construction Committee at 1 p.m. Tuesday to discuss energy efficiency issues related to the governor's climate executive order.
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AWB Health Care Committee to meet Thursday

The next Health Care Committee meeting will be held Thursday from 1-3 p.m. at AWB. A call-in option is available by contacting Connie Grande. For more about the meeting, contact Sheri Nelson.

Other News

Washington's cell phone taxes and fees are the highest in the nation

Cell phone users in Washington pay nearly 25 percent of their wireless bill in taxes and fees -- the highest level in the nation, according to a new report. Read more »

JBLM honors 1,000 Vietnam-era veterans

The movement to recognize the service and sacrifice of American men and women during the Vietnam War era continues with a ceremony last week at Joint Base Lewis-McChord that saluted 2,500 veterans and their families.
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Clover Park Technical College awarded $2.5 million for training in advanced manufacturing

The AWB Institute supported Clover Park Technical College's successful application for a federal grant to develop pathways into highly skilled manufacturing jobs through its Mechatronics Technician Program.
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Former TVW president hired as deputy secretary of state

Greg Lane, who recently stepped down from leadership of public affairs station TVW, has been hired as the new deputy secretary of state.
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AWB Events & Resources

Call for award nominations: Better Workplace Awards

Help AWB recognize the state's best places to work. It's time to nominate top Washington employers for the 2015 Better Workplace Awards.
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Hear from manufacturing all-stars at Oct. 28 Manufacturing Summit

Learn from the best and celebrate the accomplishments of Washington manufacturers at the 2014 AWB Manufacturing Summit. Register now for the Oct. 28 summit in Kent.
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They Said It

Strength In Numbers

"Where we were once rivals, we now intend to be partners. Instead of competing against one another, we are combining our strengths to create the strongest maritime gateway in North America." ~ Stephanie Bowman, co-president of the Port of Seattle Commission, announcing a new partnership with the Port of Tacoma.

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