AWB to Host 2018 Legislative Day and Hill Climb

AWB to Host 2018 Legislative Day and Hill Climb

AWB logoEmployers, employees and lawmakers to discuss climate policy, workforce, economy and keeping Washington competitive

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.

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