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July 2, 2018

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen added to line-up at Federal Affairs Summit

By: Bobbi Cussins   Comments: 0
Rep. Rick Larsen and Sen. Patty Murray at the Port of Everett in May 2018. (Source: Rep. Rick Larsen on Instagram)

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen confirmed this week that he will speak at AWB’s Federal Affairs Summit in August, bringing the number of confirmed speakers to four — and counting.

All 12 of Washington's members of Congress have been invited to participate in AWB's second-annual Federal Affairs Summit, Aug. 14 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. The other confirmed speakers are Reps. Denny Heck (D-10), Derek Kilmer (D-6) and Adam Smith (D-9).

The event gives Washington employers a unique opportunity to connect directly with their members of Congress when they’re home for the August recess, learn the latest about federal issues that impact their business and ask questions.

Introduced last fall, the inaugural Federal Affairs Summit covered topics such as federal infrastructure investment, which Heck said is vital to a healthy economy. U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-8) explained how business-friendly policies are key to Washington state’s economic growth. Both U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell attended last year's event as well. They covered budget negotiations, tax policy, Washington's high-tech economy and workforce development.

This year, we'll discuss those issues and many others, such as international trade, immigration and health care.

The goal of the event is to connect business and community leaders and local and state officials with their members of Congress – in one location, right here at home. For some attendees, it may be the one time during the year they have the opportunity to interact directly with their federal elected officials without the long and costly trip to Washington, D.C., writing an email or making a phone call.

This at-home meeting with congressional leaders is particularly important for small-business owners who are busy serving their customers, taking care of employees and running the daily operations.

With so many issues at the federal level impacting residents in Washington state, AWB’s Federal Affairs Summit is a great opportunity to engage in a two-way dialogue on solutions to create and retain jobs, ensure a skilled workforce and economic opportunity across the state and support a healthy economy that strengthens communities.

Join this year's congressional conversation. Registration is open. Watch the brief video on what to expect at the event here. A recap of last year's Federal Affairs Summit at Olympia Business Watch.