Rural Jobs Summit 2017

The economic recovery is fragile and uneven in rural Washington. AWB held the state's first-ever Rural Jobs Summit on March 4 in Olympia to bring together lawmakers and economic development groups to help find solutions that will bring economic prosperity to all of Washington.

Seventy attendees came from every corner of the state -- from Republic and Long Beach, Port Angeles and Benton County. There were elected senators and representatives from both parties, along with Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and staff of Governor Jay Inslee and members of Congress.

The biggest outcome of the summit was agreement among lawmakers to create a Rural Caucus that includes members of both parties who will work together for legislation that help support rural Washington. It's an exciting time for those who live in and love Washington's rural communities.

Keep watching for more in the months ahead on AWB's rural jobs agenda.