February 18, 2019
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Report highlights economic contributions of Washington's five petroleum refineries

A new report from the Washington Research Council details the economic value of the five major petroleum refineries in Washington. Together, they directly provide 2,171 full-time jobs at an average annual wage of $129,132. Through employment of contract workers and indirect support of other jobs, the petroleum industry in Washington contributes $1.9 billion in personal income, supports 25,366 jobs, and results in $300 million in taxes for state and local governments.

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Bellevue Chamber picks former Sen. Joe Fain as new president and CEO

Former two-term state Sen. Joe Fain has been picked to head the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce as president and CEO.

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Call for nominations: Help bring more great business leaders to AWB's board of directors

It's time again to nominate business leaders to serve on AWB's Board of Directors. Nominations are open until March 22 and should be sent to Bonnie Millikan at bonniem@awb.org.

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Career-Connected Learning Works

How do you get there from here? Career Connect Washington

By Avista CEO Scott Morris and IBEW Local 77 Assistant Business Manager Mike Brown

It's sometimes hard to remember how hard the "What do you want to be when you grow up?" question is. The follow-up question is even harder: "How are you going to get there?"

We know that young people don't always have the answers, but they are curious and eager to explore their options. They want to learn about different careers and what mix of experience and classroom learning is needed to do those jobs. They are excited about their next steps, but also cautious about challenges like educational debt...

"Career-connected learning" is a broad term for programs that help students explore, prepare and start their careers. It helps kids get out of the classroom and try on different jobs and different industries, so when it's time to make big life decisions, they are better prepared to step up...

Career Connect Washington is a coalition of employers, unions, educators, state agencies and others who are trying to ensure that all students in the state have the chance to do career-connected learning.

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