September 16, 2019
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It's time! AWB's Policy Summit kicks off this week in Cle Elum

The state's premiere policy event runs tomorrow through Thursday at the beautiful Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum. Attendees are in for an exceptional lineup of speakers, networking opportunities and activities featuring expert panels, former Gov. Gary Locke, insights from Windermere's chief economist, lunch keynote speaker GoldieBlox Founder and CEO Debbie Sterling, and two former White House chiefs of staff. For information on ticket availability, contact our events team at or 360-943-1600. Read more »

Employers push Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank by Sept. 30

Leading American employers are urging Congress to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank, which helps U.S. companies compete in the world economy, before its authorization expires at the end of the month. The bank provides loans and loan guarantees to help foreign customers buy American products.

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Broken Lock at Bonneville Dam has major impact on Northwest commerce

A broken lock at the Bonneville Dam has stopped millions of tons of cargo from moving along the Columbia River. This means most of Washington's immense wheat crop and other crucial American exports are simply not getting to market while federal officials scramble to fix this major transportation route.

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Pam Senske honored by Spokesman-Review as a 'Woman of the Year'

The second-generation owner-CEO of Pearson Packaging Systems, Pam Senske, is among The Spokesman-Review's "Women of the Year." Senske, who still serves as chair of the board at Pearson, was lauded for her insightful business leadership and extensive community involvement.

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New bus, new tour as AWB prepares to celebrate 'Made in Washington'

The manufacturing industry in Washington is a big deal. AWB is going on the road again this fall to highlight some of our state's high-tech innovators, heavy hitters, and up-and-comers in manufacturing. Read on to discover why we are passionate about our third-annual Manufacturing Week, and why manufacturing is so important to our state's economy.

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Renew Ex-Im Now

Help Washington growers, manufacturers get their products to the world

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Washington is the most trade-driven station in the nation per-capita, with more than 40% of our jobs connected in some way to trade. Manufactured goods make up 82% of our state's exports and Washington is the third-largest exporter of food and agriculture products in the country.

That's why it's critically important that Congress and the presidential administration renew the charter for the Export-Import Bank, which is set to expire at the end of September.

The Ex-Im Bank is an independent federal agency that provides export credit to oversees purchasers of U.S. goods and services. It contributes to the economy by supporting American jobs, and it doesn't cost taxpayers anything. Since 2000, the Ex-Im Bank has provided nearly $15 billion to the U.S. Treasury...

Read the full column in The Wenatchee Valley Business World
Ideas for Career-Connected Learning

How Vocational Education Got a 21st Century Reboot

With schools across 10 states, the P-TECH program prepares its students for good jobs that corporations pay well for.

The P-TECH idea was invented in 2010, when then-IBM CEO Sam Palmisano was chatting up his friend Joel Klein, then New York City's schools chancellor. During a rain delay at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Palmisano told Klein that the tech industry was having trouble finding young people with the skills it needed. Klein proposed opening a six-year school with the City University of New York and curriculum input from IBM. Students could work IBM internships and, if they passed a company certification test, would be first in line for job interviews at IBM. Palmisano agreed. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the plan in September 2010 and gave the partners a year to open the school.

When Klein and Palmisano shook on the deal, vocational education was just beginning to emerge from the academic backwater where it had languished for decades. Conceived a century ago so high school students could learn a trade if they weren't going to college, vocational education had developed a reputation as a dumping ground for students who weren't doing well in regular academics. Harvard's influential Pathways to Prosperity report, released in 2011, warned that nearly two-thirds of new jobs of the 2010s would require more than a high school education -- yet only 40 percent of Americans had obtained a bachelor's degree or associate's degree by their mid-20s.

By contrast, the report noted, 40 to 70 percent of high school kids in many European countries spent three years in career programs that combined classroom and workplace experience, where they earned diplomas or certificates strongly valued in the labor market...

Read the full report in Politico