October 7, 2019
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AWB brings manufacturing message to Western Washington, heads east tomorrow

AWB's Manufacturing Week statewide bus tour launched Wednesday in Vancouver. The message there and throughout the Puget Sound was that manufacturing matters, and creates good jobs and great products that are vital to Washington's economic health. This positive story is landing in media markets all over Washington. The tour continues today and covers the rest of the state this week.

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AWB honors outstanding Washington employers with Manufacturing Excellence awards

AWB has honored Feed Commodities of Tacoma, Cascade Designs of Seattle and the Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery among this year's Manufacturing Excellence award winners.

Cascade Designs earned the Operational Excellence Award, Phillips 66 earned the Green Manufacturing Award and Feed Commodities was recognized as the 2019 Manufacturer of the Year. AWB President Kris Johnson presented the awards in person as part of this year's Manufacturing Week bus tour.

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State House and Senate leaders challenge Inslee's plan to move transportation dollars

Leaders from the state House and Senate transportation committees are speaking out against the governor's decision to reallocate $175 million from transportation projects to help salmon recovery. State Department of Transportation officials are moving $70 million from the Highway 520 bridge project and $30 million from I-5 improvements, among other measures.

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Seattle taxes oil heating, postpones action on natural gas

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has signed a new tax on heating oil. The tax, at 24 cents per gallon, is aimed at fighting climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, the Seattle City Council has delayed consideration of a ban on natural gas in new construction.

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Mark your calendars for Evening of Excellence on Nov. 20

Please save the date to join us on Wednesday, Nov. 20 as we celebrate our members and the good work they do every day to make Washington a great place to live and work. Tickets are available now!

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Federal Issues

U.S. Economy Added 136,000 Jobs in September

The American economy is holding up despite signs of a global slowdown, The Wall Street Journal reports. Unemployment dropped to its lowest rate in 50 years in September, and employers added 136,000 jobs.

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Global Entrepreneurship Month offers dozens of workshops, events around Washington

The Washington State Department of Commerce is highlighting workshops, events and collaborations as part of Global Entrepreneurship Month, from marketing and financial management classes to webinars about government contracting.

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Federal policy makers to host childcare workshop in Seattle Nov. 4

Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are hosting a roundtable discussion on improving access to high-quality childcare on Nov. 4 in Seattle. The workshop will identify challenges unique to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, discuss solutions and strategies, and take away recommendations from parents, providers and business leaders.

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Other News

State retirement fund invests in Everett's Propeller Airports

Propeller Airports, which operates the new Paine Field passenger terminal in Everett, has received new investment from the Washington State Investment Board. The board manages investments for 17 public-sector employee retirement funds.

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Bellevue's 5G Innovation Partnership Zone is newest addition to Innovation Partnership Zones

State officials have named a new Innovation Partnership Zone in Bellevue that aims to create a global hub for the development of next generation 5G mobile networks and new technology.

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Everett Community College aims to recruit more women for aerospace training

Everett Community College has landed a grant to partner with Boeing and three Snohomish County school districts to recruit more young women to the aerospace field.

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AWB Events & Resources

Year-End Tax & Investment Planning for Business Owners and Executives Workshops in Kirkland and Benton City

On Nov. 14 in Kirkland and Nov. 15 in Benton City, Kristofer Gray, CFP, will deliver workshops covering year-end tax and investment planning for employers. Gray will describe how to develop a thoughtful process to address the main issues surrounding year-end tax and investment planning.

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Key Hearings/Meetings

AWB Rural Jobs Task Force meets Nov. 12 in the Tri-Cities

AWB's Rural Jobs Task Force will meet Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the Tri-Cities. The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, WA, 99336. For more information please contact Mike Ennis.



Best of the Blog

AWB launches seven-day Manufacturing Week bus tour in Southwest Washington

The diversity of Washington's manufacturing sector was on display Wednesday during the first day of AWB's annual Manufacturing Week bus tour, from a high-tech manufacturer of silicon wafers to a 124-year-old family-owned glove company where workers still make everything by hand.

Read the full blog post here.



Tweet of the Week

Celebrate Manufacturing



They Said It

Manufacturing Matters

"Manufacturing helps us help people help themselves. I see it every day." ~ Felicia Bower, general manager of Pioneer Industries, which provides jobs and training to people who have been incarcerated




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A Win-Win for Washington Communities

Innovative mills help economy, environment at same time

By AWB President Kris Johnson and state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz

Business, government, and residents share the same values. We place the highest premium on vibrant communities, healthy lands, and clean water.

With the right leadership and bold vision, we can create jobs and economic opportunity and preserve a healthy and clean environment. This clearly is apparent with the emergence of cross-laminated timber, which will play a key role in creating jobs in rural communities, providing building supplies to cities and towns, and reducing wildfire danger.

Read the full op-ed in the Spokane Journal of Business.
Let's call a timeout on rulemaking

Washington state's massive rulemaking is strangling businesses and must be reined in

By state Rep. Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver

During the final three days of the 105-day legislative session in April, more than $2 billion in new and higher taxes were approved by majority Democrats. These included new and increased business and occupation taxes on more than 90,000 employers and certain banks, a graduated real estate excise tax on both residential and commercial sales, a higher tax on oil and ending the sales tax exemption for Oregonians and changing it into an annual remittance program.

Because Oregon is so close to Southwest Washington's 17th Legislative District, which I represent, I've been concerned about how these tax increases affect us locally, especially our smaller businesses operating on razor-thin margins...

Read the full column in The Reflector of Battle Ground.