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New Benchmark data underscores need for action during special session

May 10th, 2013

In 2011, the Roundtable put forward a vision for Washington state: Make it a top 10 state for quality of life and innovation and ensure it is not one of the 10 most expensive states in which to do business.  We established the Benchmarks for a Better Washington to measure progress on a discrete set of metrics that speak to this vision.  Updated… Read more

Setting priorities for special legislative session

May 2nd, 2013

This week’s WashACE Insider has a full update on business priorities for the special legislative session scheduled to begin May 13.  Top priority: pass a sustainable budget. WashACE also urges lawmakers to make progress on key education reforms, approval of a transportation investment package, and workers’ compensation reform.  Get all of the detail at with a link to reach out to your lawmakers… Read more

Opinion: Make 2013 the year of STEM

April 30th, 2013

McKinstry CEO Dean Allen has a compelling opinion piece in today’s Olympian, detailing the need for improved STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in Washington state and making the case for legislation during the legislature’s upcoming special session.  STEM is critical to our state’s current and future economy. As the Roundtable’s recent skills gap report, Great Jobs Within Our Reach, detailed –… Read more

Opportunity knocks for STEM students

May 28th, 2012

From the WashACE blog this week… “Getting into one of Washington’s public universities takes a good deal of scholastic elbow grease, and, these days, a small fortune. However, an ambitious public-private scholarship program funded by Microsoft and Boeing, with matching taxpayer dollars, is giving students who focus on science, technology, engineering and math a better shot at a four-year degree. The Washington State… Read more


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