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In the News: Making Washington More Appealing For Manufacturing

Published on April 11, 2017
By Mike Richards -The Lens April 6, 2017 A Senate bill making its way through the Washington State Legislature aims to attract more manufacturing companies to move to the state and incentivize those and any existing businesses to remain and build their projects within Washington. SB 5642, which would offer tax deferrals for eligible manufacturing projects to be reinvested into job training... Read More

VIDEO: Charter Local Edition NW w/Sen. Sharon Brown

Published on August 02, 2016
Sen. Sharon Brown (R-Kennewick) discusses nuclear power, small modular reactors and economic development with Charter Local Edition’s Dana Cowley. Read More

Brown’s ‘Invest in Washington’ program already creating new manufacturing jobs

Published on November 18, 2015
Local employer praises Brown for helping make Washington and Tri-Cities area more competitive Sen. Sharon Brown, chair of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee, has made attracting employers to Washington and helping them create jobs her top priorities since becoming a senator. When the Legislature passed her “Invest in Washington” jobs plan earlier this... Read More

House panel approves trio of Brown bills tied to energy and jobs

Published on April 01, 2015
Economic-development committee endorses nuclear-education program, training for clean-energy jobs Today the House Technology and Economic Development Committee voted to advance three measures sponsored by state Sen. Sharon Brown, including her signature pro-jobs bill – the Community Prosperity and Revitalization (CPR) Act. “I have focused this session on looking for bipartisan solutions that support the needs... Read More

Senate passes Brown measures on nuclear education and jobs

Published on March 06, 2015
Today the Senate approved two measures sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown aimed at supporting nuclear education and preparing the state to attract more economic development and jobs tied to the nuclear power industry. Brown, a member of the Senate’s energy committee and the Legislature’s leading advocate for nuclear power, called her Nuclear Ambassadors Program a... Read More

Senate passes Brown’s bills to encourage job growth

Published on March 03, 2015
Community Prosperity and Revitalization (CPR) Act will help resuscitate local economies, says Brown Today the Senate voted 30-19 to pass the Community Prosperity and Revitalization (CPR) Act, aimed at helping local communities create jobs by speeding up the permitting process for large-scale projects of statewide significance. Earlier today the Senate also approved a bill to... Read More

Senate work session examines importance of STEM education

Published on February 04, 2015
  Delta High School students among those testifying via ground-breaking technology live from Columbia Basin College     A work session held this morning by the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee examined the importance of having a skilled and well-educated workforce and took an in-depth look at the role of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)... Read More

Panel hears support for trio of Brown bills to encourage job growth

Published on January 21, 2015
Measures would expedite permitting and help create new manufacturing and construction jobs  Sen. Sharon Brown, chair of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee, has made attracting and retaining employers in Washington and helping them create new jobs her top priority since coming to the Senate. Today, three of her bills aimed at encouraging economic... Read More

In the News: Lawmakers look for solutions as negotiations at port cripple economy

Published on January 16, 2015
Puget Sound Business Journal Two Washington state senators are making a plan that would stop negotiations from causing traffic at ports to slow the next time a labor contract needs renewal. Sen. Sharon Brown (R-Kennewick) and Sen. Michael Baumgartner (R-Spokane) want to provide recommendations soon. …Brown is chair of the legislature’s Trade and Economic Development... Read More

Senate work session examines economic impact of slowdown at ports

Published on January 14, 2015
A joint work session held this morning by the Senate Trade and Economic Development and Commerce and Labor committees took a detailed look at the reduction of trade volume at 28 West Coast ports that is crippling Washington’s agricultural community and other trade-dependent businesses. “Washington ports have been losing market share, and it is critical... Read More