Association of Washington Business launches initiative to build a post-pandemic economic vision for the state.

An initiative of the Association of Washington Business aims to help build a stronger post-pandemic state economy. In a commentary AWB president Kris Johnson writes,

The AWB Institute, the nonprofit workforce and economic development arm of the Association of Washington Business, recently launched a new initiative aimed at building an economic vision for the state that will enable us to build back better than we were before.

It’s called “Washington in the Making” and its goal is to create a foundation for lasting prosperity for all people and all communities throughout the state. 

He links to the Washington in the Making website, which includes the video overview posted above.

It features a data dashboard measuring Washington’s vital signs — 34 indicators for all 39 counties ranging from the unemployment rate and median household income to percentage of income spent on rent and the percent of households without internet…

The indicators, developed in partnership with Eastern Washington University, are built around five main categories, or pillars, that provide a roadmap to shared prosperity across Washington. They are:

• Talent: Ensuring Washington employees are talented and prepared.

• Business Environment: Advancing policies that support competitiveness.

• Infrastructure and Connectivity: Effective infrastructure that supports a remote workforce and mobility for goods and people.

• Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Fueling a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation.

• Place and community: Supporting job recovery and growth in urban and rural communities to ensure Washingtonians can live where they want to live.

We’ve spent some time on the site. Navigation is easy and the information valuable. 

He concludes with optimism.

The work on Washington in the Making started before the pandemic hit.  Now that we are in the middle of a pandemic, Washington in the Making is perfectly timed to help meet the historic challenge that faces us, and to fuel the recovery we know is coming.

How do we know recovery is coming? Because Washington is a resilient, resourceful state made up of entrepreneurs and innovators. We are a Maker State, and we are going to use this opportunity to make a Washington that works better — for everyone.