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Washington State Makes Questionable Finding on Rail Impact of MBT

Alliance for Northwest Jobs & ExportsRecently, after five years of study and review, the Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) released a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Millennium Bulk Terminal project in Longview that contains an allegation that the maximum 16 potential train trips (8 trains entering and leaving the facility) providing service to the facility would increase the potential cancer risk for members of a Longview neighborhood. Alliance spokeswoman Mariana Parks released the following statement regarding this allegation – which was made for the first time in this final EIS:

“By making this allegation today, DOE violates the very methodology of the expansive scope it chose to evaluate the project’s impacts, and instead chose to look in isolation at the alleged impacts of train operations for a specific commodity, ignoring the example of expansive rail operations across the state. Continue Reading

Governor To Sign NFIB-Backed Health-Care Costs Bill

At a bill-signing ceremony scheduled for this morning at 10:30 a.m. in his office, Gov. Jay Inslee will put his signature on a measure that NFIB led the coordination and legislative passage of: An All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) that will eventually empower everyone in Washington state to compare quality and costs among health-care providers. “Pairing… Continue Reading

AWB Institute Celebrates First Leadership Washington Graduates

The first-ever class of Leadership Washington, AWB Institute’s (AWBI) premiere program  to cultivate and educate the next generation of Washington industry leaders graduated recently. A ceremony was held at AWB’s annual Spring Meeting in Spokane. Kicked off at AWB’s Policy Summit last September and sponsored by Battelle, the class of nine Leadership Washington members met… Continue Reading

AWB presents environmental excellence, leadership awards

The Association of Washington Business has recognized five employers that are finding creative ways to incorporate environmental sustainability within their businesses with their Environmental Excellence Award. The group also honored retired U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings with its C. David Gordon Award for his many years of service, and two state business and public service leaders for… Continue Reading

Taste Washington on the Farm

Join Taste Washington on Friday, March 27 for a new experience where you will visit local farms and meet the people who grow and produce gourmet, artisanal products from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. At each unique excursion you will meet the farmers, get your boots dirty and enjoy a variety of delicious food and wine.… Continue Reading

CITC Hires New Regional Coordinator and Opens Spokane Facility

The Construction Industry Training Council of Washington (CITC) has hired Ken Hill as the Eastern Washington regional coordinator. He will be responsible for CITC’s newest facility in Spokane, Wash. CITC also has facilities in Bellevue and Vancouver, Wash. Hill graduated from CITC and became a journeyman electrician in 1993. Then, after working in the field,… Continue Reading

AWB Statement on Benefits of Aerospace in Washington

The Association of Washington Business, Washington state’s largest business organization representing small, medium and large employers, issued the following statement from AWB President Kris Johnson regarding the Legislature’s attempt, through yesterday’s introduction of House Bill 2147, to erode the state’s competitiveness by reducing successful incentives for aerospace companies: “Washington state is an aerospace hub for… Continue Reading

Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Announces Annual Awards

The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers announced annual awards for Grower of the Year, Industry Service, Lifetime Achievement, Restaurant Appreciation and Posters at their convention which was held in Kennewick last week. Awards were: GROWER OF THE YEAR Robert Rivera, of Goose Ridge Winery received the Erick Hanson Memorial Wine Grape Grower Award for… Continue Reading

AWB to Governor Inslee: Keep Focus on Economy

Now is the time to build on the success of Washington’s slowly improving economy by making smart investments that will result in expanded opportunity for everyone, according to Kris Johnson, president of the Association of Washington Business. Imposing a costly new cap-and-trade tax on some of the state’s best employers, raising the state’s highest-in-the-nation minimum… Continue Reading

Join Us for a March on Main Street on Small Business Saturday Nov. 29

By Jay Inslee and Patrick Connor We’re calling on all Washingtonians to join us for a March on Main Street, Saturday, November 29. The cause: A better economy, longer-than-seasonal employment opportunities and tighter-knit communities– all of which are the bedrock of a vibrant society. And all it takes to accomplish these goals is for each… Continue Reading