June 24, 2019
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Paris Air Show features significant orders for Boeing, new technologies and more

Highlights from last week's Paris Air Show include significant orders of new airplanes for Boeing, and the unveiling of an all-electric commuter plane that will be tested in Moses Lake. Read more »

Washington's economy remains strong with record sales, steady unemployment

Washington's retail sales have reached record highs, with major growth in construction, auto sales and more that comes with one the nation's strongest economies. Read more »

AIM Aerospace acquired by Japanese firm for $510 million

A Japan-based chemical company has agreed to purchase AIM Aerospace for $510 million. AIM Aerospace, which produces interior components and other products for Boeing and other customers, has facilities in Renton, Auburn and Sumner.

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July 8 Housing Forum will advance the conversation on regional challenge

Join us for the Housing Forum on July 8 in Bellevue. AWB and nine other diverse business and statewide advocacy groups will bring together problem-solvers from across the state and political spectrum to make headway on ensuring affordable housing for the workforce and families in all the state's communities. Register today!

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One week left: Evening of Excellence and Manufacturing Excellence award nominations due June 30

It's time to nominate Washington's top employers for AWB's annual awards. The Evening of Excellence and Manufacturing Excellence awards are a chance to showcase excellence and best practices. From entrepreneurship to green manufacturing, it's time to shine. Learn more and nominate your company or another outstanding employer today. Read more »

Other News

Fire restrictions hit Eastern Washington, and wildfires arrive in Thurston County

Dry conditions in many parts of Washington are intensifying. Federal agencies have issued new fire restrictions for many Eastern Washington counties, and a brush fire near I-5 made the news last week.

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New state Senate appointment could create opening in House, with strong competition

State Rep. Derek Stanford, D-Bothell, seems a solid bet for the appointment to state Senate District 1, Jerry Cornfield of The Everett Herald reports. But there's stiff competition for the open House seat that will result.

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Seattle to be home port for Coast Guard's next-generation icebreaker ships

The U.S. Coast Guard's new Polar Security Cutters will be based in Seattle, officials announced last week. The ships, which can cut through heavy ice in Antarctica, for example, are seen as critical to our national security and The Seattle Times said they 'can't come soon enough.'

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Oregon Senate Republicans leave state to avoid vote on climate bill

Senate Republicans continued their walkout of the Oregon Legislature this morning, stalling a vote on a sweeping cap and trade bill they say will hurt the economy. The move, which denies the Senate a quorum, is a tactic that's been used by the state's minority party many times going back to the early 1970s.

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Applications open until June 30 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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AWB Events & Resources

Employment law basics for your business with AWB's popular webinar series

AWB's popular Human Resources and Employment Law Webinar Series wraps up next month with a session on accident prevention and accident investigation led by Tim O'Connell and Karin Jones of Stoel Rives. The series concludes July 10 with a talk on accident prevention and accident investigation plans. Read more »

Webinar this Wednesday: Anti-Harassment Training in the #MeToo Era

Whether this is your first or 21st anti-harassment training, this webinar will provide you with key take-aways for conducting workplace investigations and preventing and responding to harassment. The webinar will be held this Wednesday, June 26. Learn more and register online.

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Key Hearings/Meetings

AWB Energy Committee to meet Monday, July 8

AWB's Energy Committee will meet Monday, July 8 at 10 a.m. at the AWB offices in Olympia. The meeting will look back on the most recent legislative session and plan for future actions. Contact Peter Godlewski at 360.943.1600 or PeterG@awb.org to learn more.



Future of Snake River Dams panel discussion scheduled for July 11

The K&L Gates law firm will host a panel discussion on the future of the Snake River Dams on Thursday, July 11 from 3:30-5 p.m. at its Seattle offices, located at 925 Fourth Ave., Suite 2900.

Recent state-level funding and pending decisions on federal agency salmon studies are accelerating the possibility of altering or removing the four dams that comprise the federal Columbia River Power System, the firm reports.

Panelists include former U.S. Rep. Jeffrey Denham, Tim Peckinpaugh and Scott Nelson of K&L Gates. Please click here to RSVP.



Tweet of the Week

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They Said It

A Fluid Situation

''In a few moments, I will not be in Oregon.'' -- Oregon State Sen. Cliff Bentz, discussing the walkout of Republican state senators in response to a sweeping climate change bill working its way through the Oregon Legislature.




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A Big Win for Washington

New Seattle-based icebreakers can't come soon enough

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

While it should have been an easy choice, the U.S. Coast Guard's decision to base three large icebreakers in Seattle is still a tremendous development.

The first of three new ''Polar Security'' cutters is expected to enter service by 2024. This involves hundreds of jobs and boosts the region's maritime ecosystem. It also increases Seattle's role as a hub for Arctic services and support, a field that will grow as warming temperatures open the region to more research and commercial activity.

Read the full editorial here