Rural Jobs Summit

Rural Jobs Summit

We're bringing together business leaders, legislators and others to continue talking about ways to drive economic growth in rural Washington. 

From broadband natural resources, from workforce development to cryptocurrency, the 2018 AWB Rural Jobs Summit will be full of relevant content and dynamic discussions. Join community leaders from across the state Nov 8-9 at Lower Columbia College in Longview.

Learn more and reserve your spot:

Thursday, November 8 - Friday, November 9

Lower Columbia College - 1600 Maple St., Longview WA 98632 - Student Union Building



Agenda (as of 10.23.18)


Thursday, November 8

10:00 a.m. Registration Opens

10:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks  
  Kris Johnson, President & CEO, Association of Washington Business  
11:00 a.m. Natural Resources  
  Lisa Perry, Community Relations, Sierra Pacific Industries, Moderator 
  Robert Sudar, Owner, Fall Creek Fish
12:00 p.m. Break  
12:30 p.m. Lunch  
1:00 p.m. Lunch Keynote  
2:00 p.m. Broadband & Technology  
  Tonya Drake, Chancellor, WGU Washington, Moderator  
  Gordon Cook, Director, Field Network Engineering, Northwest, Verizon Wireless  
3:00 p.m. Break  
3:10 p.m. Access to Capital  
  Eric Johnson, Executive Director, Washington Public Ports Association, Moderator  
  Jeremy Field, Reginal Administrator, Pacific Northwest Region, Small Business Administration  

Andy Mesojednik, Vice President, Aberdeen Commercial Banking, Bank of the Pacific 

  Mark Scheffel, Senior Vice President, Advantage Capital  
4:10 p.m.
Early Learning & Childcare
  Ashley Helenberg, Director of External Affairs, Port of Longview, Moderator  
5:10 p.m. Closing Remarks
5:15 p.m. Afternoon Adjourn  
5:30 p.m. Reception  

Friday, November 9

7:30 a.m.
Registration Opens

7:30 a.m. Breakfast  
7:55 a.m.
Welcome Remarks  
  Michael Ennis, Director Government Affairs, Association of Washington Business  
8:00 a.m.
State Agency Directors
  Michael Ennis, Director Government Affairs, Association of Washington Business, Moderator  
  Brian Bonlender, Director, Department of Commerce  
  Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands 
8:30 a.m.
Opportunity Zones
  Sarah Lee, Project Director, Washington State Department of Commerce
9:20 a.m.
10:20 a.m.
 10:30 a.m.
  Elizabeth Iaukea, Workforce Development Librarian, Washington State Library  
  Nick Streuli, Legislative & Executive Operations Director, Washington State Employment Security Department, Moderator
11:15 a.m.
11:45 a.m.
Federal Issues
  Jon DeVaney, President, Washington State Tree Fruit Association, Moderator
  Apollo Fuhriman, Regional Advocate, Pacific Northwest Region, Small Business Administration  
  Steven Sudol, Director of Operations, Ste Michelle Wine Estates  
12:30 p.m.
Legislative Leadership Panel
  Gary Chandler, Vice President, Government Affairs, Association of Washington Business 
  Sen. John Braun, Dist. 20
  Sen. Marko Liias, Dist. 21  
  Rep. JT Wilcox, Dist. 02  
1:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:30am to 2:00pm