Thanks to everyone who expressed their support for the Opportunity Washington: Priorities for Shared Prosperity yesterday. We were delighted with the enthusiastic reception from the men and women attending the Association of Washington Business 2015 Legislative Summit and the great input and cooperation from our growing network of chambers of commerce, trade associations, and business groups.
Here’s a good account of the day.
Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Air Group and chair of the Washington Roundtable, headlined a launch event at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia today, noting that “the sense of urgency we all share about our state’s future is tangible and real.”
“Opportunity Washington is a forward-looking plan that focuses on the fundamentals of building a better state for every Washingtonian. It is a broad-based, comprehensive effort to improve our schools, our infrastructure, and the business climate of our state,” said Tilden.
“Washington has a legacy of innovation and success. But we cannot let past successes lull us into a false sense of security,” said Steve Mullin, president of the Washington Roundtable. “Opportunity Washington provides a long-term policy framework that builds on Washington’s strengths, addresses areas of improvement, and pursues shared prosperity for the entire state.”
“Employers and community leaders came together to develop the Opportunity Washington plan,” said Kris Johnson, president of the Association of Washington Business. “Opportunity Washington serves as a rallying point for all of us — legislators included — to position Washington state for long-term success.”
“Opportunity Washington represents an exciting vision for moving the state forward,” said Mike Schwenk, chair of the AWB board. “It’s clear that we need a common commitment to address the challenges facing our state. Everyone in Washington is a stakeholder in this effort.”
We also enjoyed this article in the Puget Sound Business Journal.