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AWB's Manufacturing Week bus tour kicks off Thursday for seven days on the road

It's time! AWB will hit the road starting this Thursday for the second-annual Manufacturing Week Bus Tour. This seven-day, cross-state tour will celebrate and promote the vital role manufacturing plays in supporting Washington's communities and economy. Watch one participant explain why he's looking forward to welcoming the AWB Manufacturing Week tour to his Poulsbo furniture company, and follow along online at #MFGisWA.

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Governor signs proclamation officially designating October 'Careers in Manufacturing Month'

It's officially "Careers in Manufacturing Month" in Washington state, thanks to a proclamation by Gov. Jay Inslee and a new partnership between AWB and the state Employment Security Department's job seeker arm, WorkSource. The designation was coordinated to highlight AWB's statewide Manufacturing Week bus tour that takes place Oct. 4-12 along with the launch of WorkSource's website aimed at connecting those looking for manufacturing jobs and manufacturers looking for skilled workers.

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Washington's economy -- and tax revenues -- continue to grow

Washington state government will collect $791 million more than expected over the next four years, the state's revenue forecast council predicted last week. Forecasters note the strong growth in the state's economy and personal income, but said international trade concerns remain a real threat.

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'No on 1631' campaign ads take to the airwaves with questions about costs of the carbon fee measure

Voters will be seeing commercials questioning Initiative 1631, which would impose an escalating carbon "fee" on emissions in Washington. The No on 1631 coalition has more information at www.VoteNoOn1631.com.

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Federal Issues

Canada agrees to revised NAFTA hours before deadline

Leaders from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico announced late Sunday that they had agreed on revised language to renew the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. The deal will have a new name and will have to be approved by Congress, which is beginning to dig into the details of the revised three-nation trade pact.

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Other News

Boeing, against the odds, emerges with a win on Air Force helicopter contract

In what the Washington Post called "a stunning upset," Boeing has landed a major U.S. Air Force contract to replace its fleet of helicopters. Boeing defeated two other companies, including Lockheed Martin, for the contract.

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Yakama fuel tax case to be heard by U.S. Supreme Court later this month

The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing for Oct. 30 on a court case that centers on whether Yakama tribal members are exempt from state gas taxes on the reservation.

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Japan's flagship airline announces new Seattle-Tokyo flights

Years of negotiations have led to a new Seattle-Tokyo daily air service by Japan Airlines. The nation's flagship airline is returning to Seattle for daily service after a 27-year absence and will partner with Alaska Airlines on mileage plans and ticketing.

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AIM Aerospace bringing 600 jobs to Sumner

AIM Aerospace, an advanced carbon fiber manufacturer, is moving one of its locations and 600 jobs to Sumner. Hiring is already underway, with plans to expand its workforce by 30 percent over the next five years.

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Spokane's Marty Dickinson appointed to WSU Board of Regents

Spokane marketing executive Marty Dickinson has been appointed to the WSU Board of Regents. Dickinson helped lead the effort to create a new medical school at WSU, and has also served on AWB's Board of Directors, among other accomplishments.

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JPMorgan Chase launches $500 million AdvancingCities initiative

AdvancingCities will create a new investment fund to finance critical projects, help more people benefit from economic growth and leverage outside capital to invest a total of $1.5 billion in cities worldwide.

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Nominations open for Athena Leadership Awards

The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce is inviting nominations of women in business for its annual Athena Leadership Awards.

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AWB Events & Resources

Safety first: Take AWB's OSHA 10 Training on Oct. 22-23

AWB will offer a two-day OSHA training program at its headquarters in Olympia in October. It's designed for construction workers, foremen, job supervisors and anyone involved in the construction industry.

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Rural Jobs Summit to be held this fall in Longview

AWB's ongoing focus on statewide economic development, which started with two summits last year, will continue with the 2018 Rural Jobs Summit Nov. 8-9 at Lower Columbia College in Longview. Reserve your spot here

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Celebrate Washington's extraordinary employers at AWB's Evening of Excellence Nov. 28

AWB will roll out the red carpet again this year for its third-annual Evening of Excellence awards gala at Benaroya Hall in Seattle on Nov. 28. It's AWB's chance to celebrate innovation, environmental stewardship and the overall community spirit of Washington's diverse employer community.

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Best of the Blog

2018 Manufacturing Week and tour to highlight great jobs, employers and products

AWB is gearing up for an epic road trip to highlight the thousands of Washington manufacturers who support more than 282,000 jobs across the state. Read the full blog post here.



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Manufacturing Rocks

"So this is cool." ~ Clif McKenzie, owner of Watson Furniture Group, describing the upcoming visit of AWB's Manufacturing Week Bus Tour to his Poulsbo factory.




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On the Road Again
Vote No on I-1631


No vote urged on pollution fee initiative

By The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Editorial Board

Earlier this year we opposed Gov. Jay Inslee's effort to impose a carbon-emissions tax in the Washington state Legislature.

We now oppose a similar effort to impose a carbon tax -- now dubbed a pollution fee -- through Initiative 1631. We urge a no vote on I-1631 on the November ballot.

This does not mean we oppose all efforts to combat climate change, which we see as a real and serious threat to all of us.

But any effective effort to reduce the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change should be done on a national scale at the federal level. A state-by-state approach such as the initiative adopts won't achieve much except to create an economic burden on those living in Washington state...

Read the full editorial in The Union-Bulletin
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