Angel chosen to serve on maritime and manufacturing task force

OLYMPIA — District 26 State Sen. Jan Angel has just been appointed to the newly formulated joint legislative task force to oversee the maritime and manufacturing sectors in Washington.

Angel said the task force is very important to her 26th Legislative District, which is located on the Kitsap Peninsula and home to many thriving maritime activities.

“Washington is home to a well-established maritime industry, which is a major economic driver for our state considering every region is dependent upon trade,” said Angel (R-Port Orchard). “Almost one million jobs in the state depend on trade, and maritime and manufacturing jobs are some of the best family-wage jobs in the state. We need to evaluate and identify the investments needed to support and sustain these industries so that we can expand the job market.”

The bicameral, bipartisan task force will evaluate key areas of the maritime and manufacturing sectors, such as:

• Economic significance, resilience and growth;

• Critical public infrastructure and educational resources;

• Urban planning and development; and

• Opportunities for employment expansion.

The task force must submit short-and long-term action plans to the Legislature and include recommendations for supporting and sustaining the specified industries in the state. A work plan is due by Dec. 1, with final recommendations due by Nov. 1, 2015.

The Joint Legislative Task Force on the Economic Resilience of Maritime and Manufacturing in Washington was commissioned by House Bill 2580, amended by Angel in the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee, which she serves as vice-chairwoman.

The final bill was approved by the Senate unanimously and signed into law earlier this year.


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