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Annual Chair’s Report: 2013 highlights & work to be done

September 16th, 2013

Check out our new 2013 Chair’s Report.  This annual publication provides a summary of progress against our 2013 Policy Agenda and perspective on work left to be done. Key among the year’s highlights was enactment of a balanced state budget that focuses new investment on K-12 education, with accompanying reforms, and increased funding for higher education to address our state’s skills gap.  The biggest… Read more

Special session for transportation needed now

September 4th, 2013

Talk has been heating up this week about Gov. Inslee possibly calling a special legislative session this November to address transportation.  We couldn’t agree more.  Our system is ailing and in need of new investment.  Keep Washington Rolling – our coalition of business, labor and environmental interests – is urging lawmakers to come back in November and get this done.  Read more in… Read more

STEM education gets boost; best way to fill Washington’s skills gap

August 7th, 2013

Good analysis on the WashACE blog this week, this time looking at the legislature’s accomplishments with regard to STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math).  STEM has been the buzz word around the state in recent years, particularly as news of Washington’s skills gap (the distance between the skills workers have and the skills needed for employment) make it clear that we need… Read more

New York has “bold vision” for start-up talent; what about Washington?

July 22nd, 2013

From the WashACE blog today… Seattle Times columnists Briar Dudley has a fascinating look at the full-court press New York City is employing to attract entrepreneurial talent and nurture a robust start-up culture.  The centerpiece is a new $2 billion university – Cornell NYC Tech – whose outreach reportedly will be closely intertwined with expertise from heavy hitter employers for which any city… Read more

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