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June 21, 2018

Connect with Congress at AWB's 2018 Federal Affairs Summit

By: Andrew Lenderman   Comments: 0
AWB's Vice President of Government Affairs Gary Chandler talks with U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell at the 2017 Federal Affairs Summit. (Photo: Brian Mittge/AWB)

Of all the big-ticket items in life, there’s a good chance the federal government is involved: Death, taxes, running a small business, or all of the above.

That’s why AWB is hosting its second-annual Federal Affairs Summit this Aug. 14 in Tacoma. From farm labor to apple exports and airplanes, Washington’s congressional delegation is deeply involved in the major issues that impact businesses across the state. Connect with Congress at this one-day special event, ask questions and learn more about the federal policies that matter to you.

Federal issues have an outsized impact on Washington’s employers and job creators. About 40 percent of our state’s jobs are tied to international trade and federal investments in our military bases and Department of Energy facilities are significant, in addition to other impacts.

The federal policies that impact Washington employers are many.

Take healthcare, for example. The health care system is in a constant state of flux as components of the Affordable Care Act are implemented, and the cost of health care remains a major concern for families and employers alike.

Then there’s international trade. Last year, Washington’s exports totaled $77 billion.

These exports include wheat from Eastern Washington that needs to reach Asian mark

Paula Linnen of PNNL responds to a quip by U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, D-WA, during his presentation at AWB's Federal Affairs Summit on Sept. 19, 2017, at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum. 
ets; $723 million worth of apples, including the tasty Opal variety; and $41 billion in civilian aircraft, engines and parts, according to U.S. Census data.

Federal policies, and politics, impact each of these issues.

For busy business leaders, AWB’s Federal Affairs Summit is a chance to hear from Washington’s federal delegation about these issues and more.

This one-day event will feature guest speakers, ample time for questions and discussion, and a networking reception. Register today by visiting our web site here, and learn about hotel accommodations here.

Please contact Kelli Schueler at or 360.943.1600 with questions.