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Around The Table: Seattle Foundation, BP Cherry Point

In ‘Around The Table,’ we highlight member news and share information on industry trends. In this edition, we shine the spotlight on Seattle Foundation and BP Cherry Point.

Seattle Foundation CEO Tony Mestres Featured in Puget Sound Business Journal

Tony Mestres, President & CEO of Seattle Foundation, was featured on the front page of last week’s Puget Sound Business Journal. Mestres discussed the lagging pace of philanthropy in greater Seattle, and his organization’s work to tackle complex issues like education, transportation, housing, and income inequality. When asked about the most critical issue to focus on, Mestres said, “It’s impossible to not want to wave a magic wand on education. We know investing in a person early in their life has the greatest positive impact … A good education is the fastest route to leveling the playing field.” Read the full article here.

Economic Impact Report on Cherry Point Industries Highlights Contributions of Manufacturing Industry

A March 2019 report by The Center for Economic and Business Research at Western Washington University documented the economic impacts of Cherry Point on Whatcom County. According to the report, the Cherry Point Industrial Zone supports at least 3,320 jobs, which have an average wage of $110,690. Wages paid in Cherry Point accounted for 9 percent of all wages paid in the county. Opportunity Washington covered the report on a blog post, noting “it sheds light on the significance of the manufacturing industry in anchoring regional economies, an issue of statewide importance.” Read more here.

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