OLYMPIA — Washington employers, lawmakers and economists will discuss manufacturing, climate policy and keeping Washington competitive at the Association of Washington Business 2018 Legislative Day and Hill Climb.
AWB’s one-day conference is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Hotel RL Olympia. The event features panel discussions on a host of issues facing employers, including climate policy, education funding, workforce development and more.
Economists from eastern and western Washington will provide the latest updates on the state’s economy at the lunchtime keynote address. The presentation by Anneliese Vance-Sherman of the state Employment Security Department and Patrick Jones of Eastern Washington University is open to the media and is scheduled for 12:50 p.m.
AWB members will visit the Capitol later in the day and meet directly with legislators to share ideas on policies that support economic development across Washington.
WHO: Association of Washington Business
WHAT: 2018 Legislative Day and Hill Climb
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018
9 a.m.: Opening remarks by AWB President Kris Johnson
9:05 a.m.: Education: After McCleary
11 a.m.: Employment Law
11:45 a.m.: Climate Panel: Sen. Guy Palumbo, D – Maltby; Sen. John Braun, R – Centralia; Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-Burien; and, Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis
11:55 p.m.: Legislative Leadership Panel: Senate Majority Leader Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island; and, Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm
12:50 p.m.: Lunch Keynote: Patrick Jones, executive director, Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis, Eastern Washington University; and, Anneliese Vance-Sherman, regional labor economist, Employment Security Department
For the full agenda and to learn more, please visit www.awb.org/ldhc.
WHERE: Hotel RL Olympia
2300 Evergreen Park Drive S.W.
Olympia, WA 98502
Click here for a map: http://bit.ly/2mah4Ev.
About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes nearly 7,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 92 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit www.awb.org.