October 14, 2019
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Kilmer introduces measure to help college students by expanding Pell Grant program

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., has joined U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., to introduce the Pell Plus Act of 2019. This program would give low-income students an extra boost in their third and fourth year of college by providing Pell Grant bonuses.

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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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From a snowstorm to the Snake River
Manufacturing is alive and well

It's time to celebrate the amazing things Washington makes

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Washington makes some really cool things.

We're famous for many of them -- airplanes, apples, software, wheat and more. The state's iconic manufacturers established the foundation that our recent economic expansion is built upon.

But there are many medium and small manufacturers that fewer people know about. The fishing rod manufacturer in Woodland. The music stand manufacturer in Yakima. The boat builder in Colville. And the manufacturing company in Richland that makes surgical tools to help heal patients around the world.

Read the full op ed in the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.
Engineering Success

An Interview with Debbie Sterling, GoldieBlox CEO

By Christine Varela, partner, DH

Last week, I attended the Association of Washington Business's (AWB) annual Policy Summit. AWB, Washington's largest and oldest statewide business association, brings together members from businesses across Washington every year to help them gain insights on trade policy, small business leadership, entrepreneurship and engage in high-level, statewide policy discussion.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to host an interview with Debbie Sterling, successful businesswoman, entrepreneur and founder and CEO of GoldieBlox.

Read the full blog post here.