Sen. Chase to speak at AWB Rural Jobs Summit

Monday, October 23, 2017

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Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds, will speak at the Association of Washington Business’ Rural Jobs Summit on Tuesday, October 24, in Moses Lake.

“I am pleased to be participating in this year’s summit,” said Chase. 
“Economic development across our state needs to be smart, fair, and sustainable for all communities. We are all in this together and need to collectively propose solutions to make sure everyone has an opportunity to thrive in our state’s economy. Your zip code should not dictate your future.”

Chase serves as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture, Water, Trade and Economic Development Committee. She is passionate about creating and cultivating economic development policies that thrive in both metro and non-metro areas of the state.

“Economic development is much more than a rural versus urban divide,” said Chase. 
“When this issue is framed in this way it becomes an Eastern Washington versus Western Washington debate. The truth is there are both rural and urban areas on both sides of the Cascades. To pit one side of the state against the other is not fair and not an accurate portrayal of our overall economy. We need to examine the state as a whole and see where we need improvements and investments.”

The Association of Washington Business held the first Rural Jobs Summit earlier this year in Olympia. This summit produced a legislative Rural Caucus that includes members of both sides of the aisle in order to help advance legislation that benefits all of the non-metropolitan areas of the state.

Chase will participate in the Legislative Leadership Report at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24. TVW will livestream the event.



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