October 24, 2016
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It's time! Tickets still available for this week's Manufacturing Summit

Fred Hochberg, chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, will give the keynote address at the AWB Institute Manufacturing Summit this Wednesday. The theme of this year's summit is "trade" and how manufacturing is a key element to our state's economic success. Sponsored by RSM, and presented in part by media partner Puget Sound Business Journal, the event will be held in the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at XFINITY Arena in Everett. There's still time to register for this Wednesday's event!
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Election update: Final gubernatorial debate, endorsements, ballots arriving in mailboxes

With ballots arriving and the general election barely two weeks away, it's time to study up on the issues and candidates that haven't received as much attention as the presidential race. From governor and state Supreme Court candidates down to local lawmakers, your vote matters for the future of Washington's business climate. Watch AWB's video voter guide for a quick primer on our election endorsements. Read more »

Statewide unemployment rate drops to 5.6 percent, but rural areas still struggling

Washington's jobless rate dropped last month as the state saw 20,000 new jobs -- 14,300 of them in the private sector. King County's 3.9 percent jobless rate contrasts sharply with the nearly 10 percent rate in some rural parts of the state, showing that the business climate is still uneven in Washington. Read more »

Seattle Times and Everett Herald join other newspapers in opposing I-732

The state's largest newspaper is the latest to come out against Initiative 732, arguing in an editorial that the measure would create a significant hole in the state budget -- and the budget of working-class Washingtonians. By costing the state's budget an estimated $800 million and by increasing costs for manufacturers and families, I-732 has earned opposition from all sides. The measure would increase the state's budget deficit and could push major employers to move out of state or shut their doors -- and consumers would pay 25 cents more per gallon of gasoline while electricity and natural gas costs rise.
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Key Hearings/Meetings

The AWB Health Care Committee to meet Nov. 2

A meeting of the AWB Health Care Committee has been scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the AWB office. For information on the agenda and speakers, contact AWB Government Affairs Director Sheri Nelson. For call-in options, contact Connie Carlson.

AWB Immigration Reform Committee will meet Nov. 10

The AWB Immigration Reform Committee will meet Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. Among the topics of discussion: reform of how H-1B, H-2A and H-2B visas are processed. For information on the agenda and speakers, contact AWB Government Affairs Director Bob Battles. For call-in options, contact Connie Carlson.

Other News

WSU given preliminary accreditation for new medical school in Spokane

Washington's newest medical school remains on track for a 2017 opening. Last week, Washington State University won preliminary accreditation for its new Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. Read more »

Spanish company breaks ground in Everett for aerospace innovation center

MTorres DeseƱos Industriales S.A.U., a Spanish engineering services company, is building a 66,000-square-foot facility in Everett to offer advanced engineering services to aerospace and manufacturing companies. Read more »

Skyscraper city: Seattle has more construction cranes than New York and San Francisco combined

Seattle has more construction cranes than any other city in the country, and twice as many as any city outside Los Angeles, The Seattle Times reports. Read more »

Financial literacy added to new state education standards

Washington now has its first-ever financial literacy education standards. These K-12 guidelines aim to prepare students for college, career and life, including skills for planning and saving, managing credit and debt, and using a career plan to understand income potential. Read more »

NAM and Manufacturing Institute asking for input on survey about women in manufacturing

Employers are asked to help the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte as they conduct a study on the impact of women in manufacturing and their communities. Read more »

Business owners asked to complete survey on how state can fight fraud

The state's Department of Revenue, Department of Labor and Industries, and the Employment Security Department are collaborating on a campaign to raise awareness among employers about fraud and how to report it. Before launching the campaign, they're asking business owners to take a survey. Read more »

AWB Events & Resources

AWB webinar Nov. 10 offers help preparing for new federal Overtime Rule that takes effect Dec. 1

Regardless of legal challenges, big changes are coming to federal overtime law. Is your office ready? Learn what's coming, and how to prepare, with a one-hour AWB overtime rule webinar Nov. 10 featuring Sarah Swale of Lane Powell. Read more »

LLC, S-Corp or C-Corp: Choosing the right entity type for your business

Join Kristofer Gray of Integrity Financial Corporation in Bellevue on Nov. 10 for an informative seminar: "Should I be an LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp: Choosing the right Entity Type for your Business, and how it can save on taxes when you eventually sell." Read more »

First-ever AWB Institute Education Summit set for Nov. 16 in Spokane

Mark your calendar for AWB's Education Summit, a new event to bring together employers, educators and innovative thinkers. One major focus of the summit will be on helping ensure that Washington's students are well-prepared to graduate with the skills needed to be part of the workforce.
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Celebrate excellence: Reserve a space at AWB's first-ever Evening of Excellence Nov. 30 at Benaroya Hall

Reserve your seats now for AWB's inaugural Evening of Excellence. Twenty award finalists will be among the many guests who will walk the red carpet at the black-tie event Nov. 30 at Benaroya Hall where the winners will be announced. The awards, presented by Banner Bank, recognize employers who harness innovation, take the lead on environmental stewardship, and build a better Washington for their employees and communities. Registration for the awards event is now open. Read more »

Join AWB's fly-in to Washington, D.C., Dec. 5-7

Meet with national leaders during AWB's annual D.C. fly-in Dec. 5-7. AWB's Government Affairs team will lead the trip to the nation's capitol, including congressional visits, meetings with federal agencies and the new administration. It will also include a Washington state grand reception, a candlelight tour of the Capitol and more.
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Save the date: 2017 Legislative Day and Hill Climb

It's time to look toward the 2017 legislative session, including AWB's annual Legislative Day and Hill Climb. This year's event will be Tuesday, Jan. 17. Save the date on your calendar and contact Kelli Schueler to learn more. Read more »

Tweet of the Week

New Horizons for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

They Said It

Bill Bryant for Governor

"The economic revival is driven by the Seattle boom. The economy looks far different elsewhere." ~ The Spokesman-Review's endorsement of Republican Bill Bryant for governor. The newspaper's editorial board added, "The state needs a fresh leader who can actively engage the Legislature on the tough issues ahead. We think Bryant has the energy, the intelligence and the right priorities."

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Focus on Sustainability

Helping CAT Excavators Ride the Rails

HPF Manufacturing, Inc. has created an innovative way to cut fuel use by 97 percent for railroad work and maintenance.

The Snohomish County employer designed Rail-X undercarriages to maximize fuel efficiency by incorporating drive motors so that an excavator can be driven on rail to a work site by a single operator. The average fuel consumption is just 5 gallons per hour. In contrast, the traditional process for rail maintenance involves the following: An excavator is trucked to a rail site, hoisted and bolted onto a rail car, then pulled by locomotive to the work site. The average fuel consumption is 175-200 gallons per hour.

Using Rail-X excavators significantly cuts fuel consumption by up to 97 percent when compared to the traditional process of railroad maintenance, thus reducing the carbon footprint within the rail industry for a more sustainable and green environment.
Read more in Washington Business magazine
Reasons to Say Yes

Oil terminal merits approval

By Mike Bridges, business representative for IBEW 48, Longview

A recent letter by International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 4 President Jared Smith mischaracterized the proposed Vancouver Energy crude-by-rail terminal.

Opponents such as Smith largely base their arguments on concerns about oil trains that are already running through this state and will continue whether or not Vancouver Energy is built.

The letter presented a false choice of windmills versus oil trains -- we need both. Cars, trucks, buses and jets don't run on wind. Petroleum fuels keep us moving and keep our economy strong.

Smith also asserted falsely that Vancouver Energy crude oil would go overseas. Instead, Midwest oil will go to West Coast refineries to create products we need, reduce crude imports by 30 percent, and enhance U.S. energy independence...

Read the full letter to the editor in The Olympian
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