December 16, 2019
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SAVE THE DATE: Legislative preview webinar on Jan. 10

Mark your calendars for Jan. 10. AWB's Government Affairs team will discuss the upcoming legislative session on a free members-only webinar from 8-9:30 a.m. More information to come soon.

Spokane Lunch and Learn: Mounting Costs of Child Care in the Workplace

Join AWB in Spokane on Wednesday, Dec. 18, for a lunch and learn session on the timely issue of "the mounting costs of child care in the workplace." AWB's Amy Anderson will be joined by former Seattle Councilman Tim Burgess and former state Rep. Ruth Kagi for an interactive, solutions-oriented discussion.

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Registration now open for 2020 HR and employment law webinar series

AWB's makes it a little easier to help your business stay up-to-date on the latest changes in employment and human resources law. This popular six-month webinar series kicks off in February and runs through July 1. Register today for the best rate.

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Spreading Christmas Joy
Holiday Kids Tree

Sharing the Spirit of the Season Across Our State

By AWB President Kris Johnson

As the state's business and manufacturing association, AWB is proud to lead a number of statewide efforts. Perhaps the most heartwarming is our job each December to coordinate the decorations and lighting of the state's holiday tree. Those decorations are always bundled up after the new year and donated to a local children's hospital.

Washington employers have donated a total of $438,000 to the Holiday Kids' Tree project over the last three decades. Just before the annual tree-lighting ceremony, we give bags of toys and checks to representatives from rural fire districts who distribute the food and toys to families in need. This year we were able to spread holiday cheer to families across the state, from Camano Island to Chelan and Walla Walla.

And speaking of trees, your state Capitol this year was filled with the greenery of a 34-foot noble fir, donated by Weyerhaeuser from its Vail Tree Farm near Rainier.

The tree was harvested from a small area that is being cleared to make room for a series of wind turbines at the new Skookumchuck Wind Farm. This 38-turbine project, a partnership between Puget Sound Energy, Weyerhaeuser, TransAlta and RES, will generate 137 megawatts of power -- enough to power 48,000 homes. That will be a gift for generations to come...

Read the full guest column in The (Centralia) Chronicle