September 14, 2015
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Incredible keynote speakers, issue sessions highlights of sold-out 2015 Policy Summit

Employers and employees heard from lawmakers and top business leaders, including former Boeing and Ford executive Alan Mulally and renowned pollster John Zogby, at AWB's 26th annual policy event last week at the Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum.
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AWB Institute kicks off second class of Leadership Washington

After successful first year, the second class of AWB Institute's Leadership Washington is officially underway. The 11-member group set out for its nine-month, seven stop statewide industry sector educational tours at their orientation that took place at the Policy Summit Sept. 15-17. Again, founding sponsor Battelle makes this new program possible.
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AWB honors legislative and business leaders at annual event

Three state lawmakers and seven business leaders earned AWB awards during last week's Policy Summit for their support of the state's business climate and economy.

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First-ever AWB - Local Chamber Grassroots Alliance 'Advocate of the Year' awards announced at Policy Summit

AWB recognized three local chambers of commerce that are part of the Grassroots Alliance partnership for their advocacy work on a myriad of issues, most notably the transportation funding and reform package, in the 2015 legislative session. Read more »

Department of Ecology begins formal rule-writing on new carbon limits

The Washington state Department of Ecology announced this morning that it has begun the rule-writing process to limit carbon emissions. The businesses that will be pushed to reduce the most: natural gas distributors, petroleum fuel producers, factories, power plants, waste facilities and metal manufacturers. Read more »

Key Hearings/Meetings

AWB Minimum Wage Committee will meet Wednesday morning

The AWB Minimum Wage Committee will meet this Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the AWB conference room. Contact Connie Grande for call-in information or Bob Battles for more information about the meeting.

AWB Immigration Reform Committee to meet Sept. 28

The AWB Immigration Reform Committee is meeting Monday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. in the AWB conference room. There will be updates on federal reform efforts, including changes to how work visas are processed. The committee will also discuss changes to the draft Immigration Reform Legislative Objective. Contact Connie Grande for call-in information or Bob Battles for more on the contents of the meeting.

AWB Water Resources Committee meeting set for Sept. 30

The AWB Water Resources Committee will meet Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. in the AWB conference room to discuss the upcoming 2016 legislative session and continue the conversation on the water infrastructure funding bill. Contact Connie Grande for call-in information or Mike Ennis to learn more.

Other News

Deadline extended: Nominations for 2015 Manufacturing Excellence Awards

You have until the close of business Oct. 1 to submit nominations for the 2015 AWB Manufacturing Excellence Awards. Nominate your business today!
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A bipartisan push for a new way to pay for wildfire response

From the Obama administration to U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, there is a growing consensus that the way the United States pays for fighting wildfires is broken. Instead of borrowing money from funds set aside to pay for forest thinning and rehabilitation, disaster response should have its own emergency appropriations, leaders on both sides of the aisle say.
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Ex-Im battle in Congress taking heavy toll on U.S. employers

American employers have been putting a hold on expansion abroad -- and job creation at home -- since Congress failed to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank this summer. "We have to re-evaluate everything now," said one typical project manager.
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AWB and chamber leaders push for federal transportation investment

AWB and leading local chambers of commerce around Washington have signed a letter to each member of Washington's congressional delegation in the U.S. House asking for serious consideration of the state's transportation needs by passing the federal highway and transit funding bill, which expires Oct. 29.
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Carbon fiber, racing boats, Greek yogurt and more in the latest edition of AWB's magazine

The summer edition of Washington Business magazine has been mailed to members and is available to peruse online. Flip through for our in-depth look at the value of the U.S. military to our state's economy, what's new with Washington Business Week, a tutorial on levy reform and much more.
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UPS named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the third straight year

UPS is in the top 10 percent of sustainability performers among the world's 2,500 largest companies, according to the latest Dow Jones Sustainability Index. It's the third year in a row UPS has made the list, and the 11th consecutive year it has been named to the DJSI North American Index. Read more »

Former Gov. Gary Locke to join Davis Wright Tremaine as senior advisor

After stints as Washington governor, U.S. ambassador to China and secretary of commerce, Gary Locke will rejoin his former firm of Davis Wright Tremaine as a senior advisor and consultant. He'll specialize in trade, regulatory and investment policy, as well as guidance on doing business in China.
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Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler to run for a fifth term

Mike Kreidler, who has served as Washington's insurance commissioner since 2000, announced last week that he will run again in 2016 for what would be his fifth term in office.
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AWB Events & Resources

Tuesday, Oct. 20: The Rights and Responsibilities of Being an Employer: Avoid Wage and Hour Claims, Create an Employment Handbook that Works for You and Build Loyalty within Your Team

Mona McPhee, director of litigation at Desh International and Business Law, will present a two-hour seminar Tuesday, Oct. 20, geared toward helping business leaders, payroll personnel and human resource managers watch the bottom line while building a culture of teamwork. Registration is now open! Read more »

Tuesday, Nov. 3: Employment At-Will in Washington -- Dead or Alive?

What is the true definition of Employment At-Will in Washington state and, more importantly, what are its many exceptions? Learn what best practices your company should implement in order to minimize the chance of a discrimination claim. Register today! Read more »

Registrations open for Nov. 12 Manufacturing Summit in SeaTac

Registrations are now being accepted for the 2015 Manufacturing Summit. This year's celebration of "Made in Washington" innovation will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the Crowne Plaza in SeaTac.

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Tweet of the Week

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They Said It

Manufacturing Matters

"No country has ever been prosperous for a long time if they don't have a really strong innovation and research and development manufacturing economy." ~ Alan Mulally, explaining why he left Boeing to serve as CEO and president of Ford, "a second American global icon" and backbone of the nation's manufacturing economy.

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Investing to Boost Exports

Increase Northwest trade by boosting capacity

By Louise Tieman, president and CEO of the World Trade Center, Tacoma

From airplanes to wheat, wine and cherries, Washington has grounded its economic and cultural reputation as a gateway to the Pacific.

This formula has bolstered our economy on both sides of the Cascades. And right now, we have a prime opportunity to further cement that status if we are serious about continuing on as a world trade partner.

Click here to read the full column in The Puget Sound Business Journal
Public Education

Justices should reconsider charter school decision

By Philip Talmadge, former Washington Supreme Court justice and state senator, D-Seattle

The Washington Supreme Court must reconsider its recent ruling that declared public charter schools unconstitutional. The governor, Legislature and Washington's citizens should urge the court to do so.

Why? Because the decision could not only effectively destroy public charter schools, taking away public school options for 1,300 enrolled students and thousands in the future, but also many other innovative programs like Running Start, which allows high school students to take community college classes. ...

Public charter schools are as constitutional in Washington as in the other 41 states that approved them in the prior 20 years. It would be a shame if the 1,300 students and their families (mostly low-income and communities of color) have this public education option taken away from them because the court imposed a restrictive definition upon an educational program. It would also be unfortunate if, as a result of the court's decision, other important educational programs lose support or funding...
Click here to for his column and a roundup on charter schools at Opportunity Washington
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