April 22, 2019
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PACCAR names Preston Feight new CEO

Bellevue-based PACCAR has named Preston Feight as the truck manufacturing company's new CEO. Feight will succeed Ron Armstrong, who retires June 30.

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Microsoft and Chelan PUD join forces on clean power, rural broadband

Microsoft and the Chelan County Public Utility District are working together to bring more broadband to rural Washington and send hydroelectric power to the world's leading software company.

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AWB communications team wins awards for writing, video

Stories about Cascade Designs, AWB Policy Summit and Manufacturing Tour earn Hermes Creative Awards.

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Applications open for Don C. Brunell Scholarships

There is still time for the children or grandchildren of AWB members to apply for the 2019 Don C. Brunell Scholarship for Future Leaders. The scholarship, in honor of AWB's longtime former president, can fund up to $2,000 for students attending undergraduate, graduate or career/vocational programs.

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Employers welcomed to participate in beta rollout of Paid Family & Medical Leave program

The Washington Employment Security Department is inviting employers to be part of the beta test program for implementation of the state's new Paid Family & Medical Leave program. The first part of the beta program begins April 30. Slots are still available to be part of this and later trials.

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Passages: Margarita Prentice and Senate Secretary Hunter Goodman

Two familiar and well-respected former fixtures of the state Senate have died, and both were honored last week for their positive impact on the state. Margarita Prentice, who served in the Legislature from 1988 to 2013 after a long career in nursing, is remembered as a strong advocate for farmworkers. Former Secretary of the Senate Hunter Goodman, who died last week, was remembered by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle as a servant-leader.

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Kennewick company stars in statewide campaign

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Washington employers are entrepreneurs who build their companies for more than the product they make and the services they provide; they build them to fulfill their values of community, compassion and conscience.

That's the message behind Grow Here, the multi-media employer image ad campaign from the Association of Washington Business.

In its third year, Grow Here's goal is two-fold: to highlight the "why" that motivates Washington companies and share the employee experience within those businesses. And, to remind people that Washington state's competitiveness -- its ability to attract and retain employers -- is critical to an economy that works for all residents.

Read the full guest column in the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business
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Sparking Inspiration for Future Success -- Career Connect Washington Initiative Creates STEM Career Pathways

By Susan Mullaney, president of Kaiser Permanente Washington and Washington STEM board member

Our communities depend on STEM-related fields. Ensuring a consistent pipeline of students interested in pursuing STEM jobs is critical. We believe that early exposure to STEM is impactful for school-aged children. At a time when our state needs more than 94,000 health care professionals over the next three years, we need more students to pursue health care related careers. We need a sustainable plan to inspire and excite young people. And, we must ensure an equitable pathway into these high-demand, high-impact jobs.

Currently, thousands of Washington students are on track to graduate high school unprepared for these jobs and are often unaware STEM jobs even exist. In the next five years, an estimated 225,465 jobs that earn a family-sustaining wage will require credentials that many of our Washingtonian students are not on track to earn...

Nothing is more meaningful than careers born of out of a youthful spark of inspiration. When we engage more students from our diverse communities and share the deep impact of science and medical jobs, we support their future and ensure sustainability within the communities we serve.

Read the full commentary at the Washington STEM website
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