February 25, 2019
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Boeing's new 777X airplane to makes its debut in March

Boeing's first-ever 777X wide body jet is scheduled to emerge from a factory in Everett next month. The company is planning a daylong, global debut for the jet, which has already earned the company 326 orders since it was introduced in 2013.

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The McGregor Company scholarship program is accepting applications

Graduating high school students are encouraged to apply for The McGregor Company scholarships as they pursue agriculture-related education. The deadline to apply is March 22.

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L&I offers free workplace safety seminar in March

The state Department of Labor and Industries is hosting a free workplace safety seminar March 19 at its Tumwater office. The event features business and industry safety leaders who will share their experiences.

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NAM's 'State of Manufacturing Tour' highlights value of modern manufacturing

Nationwide, manufacturers have too many job openings and not enough applicants to fill them. That's one of the messages the National Association of Manufacturers took on the road last week during its annual "State of Manufacturing Tour." The goal of the multi-state tour is to "inspire the next generation of creators and innovators and draw attention to the incredible work that modern manufacturers are doing every single day."

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Nominations now open for AWB's board of directors

AWB is looking for dynamic business leaders from employers of all sizes and regions of the state to serve on the AWB Board of Directors. We're accepting nominations for board membership until March 22. Nominations should be sent to Bonnie Millikan at bonniem@awb.org.

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Attack on the Dams

Inslee's proposed Snake River dam task force will be a waste of money

By The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board

State legislators looking to trim the budget this session can save $750,000 straight off if they don't fund a proposed Snake River dams task force.

A new state committee is not going to be able to compete with the federal team that has been studying this same issue since September 2016, so trying to duplicate the effort is absurd.

The Snake River dams are critical to the economy of Eastern Washington and the Northwest. They play an important role in providing irrigation, hydropower and navigation.

Community leaders note that barging on the inland Columbia Snake River system moves, on average, about 9 million tons of cargo valued at more than $3 billion each year. The dams are part of the lifeblood of the region.

But anti-dam activists want to see them gone, and the plight of the Puget Sound orcas are fueling their efforts...

Read the full editorial in The Tri-City Herald
Practical Education

Career Link seeks to pair students, employers

By The Herald Editorial Board

A new partnership between the Everett School District and the City of Everett -- Everett Career Link -- is looking to pair local employers with Everett high school juniors and seniors in internships that provide career-connected experience to the students as they explore their interests and prepare plans for the future.

The school district is providing employers with training and guidance in setting up the internships and matching students to internships, paperwork regarding state Labor and Industries compliance and liability and ongoing support during the internships.

While it's at the employer's discretion to offer interns a stipend, the program is intended as an outgrowth of the classroom; students -- for their 90 hours of participation -- will earn half of the Career and Technical Education credit they need toward their high school graduation requirement.

More than the students benefit. The time spent with local students can help employers develop deeper ties in the community, get a better understanding of the work underway in schools and appreciation for the pool of talent that exists in their own community.

We've repeated the forecast often, first made by Washington Roundtable, that employers in Washington state expect some 740,000 new jobs to be available by 2021. And nearly 80 percent of those jobs will be either career jobs that require a college degree or career-pathway jobs that require at least some level of post-high school training and certification...

Read the full editorial in The Herald
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