Small-business owners and policymakers gathered at the SeaTac Hilton on Thursday, November 8, to discuss important issues facing small businesses. In addition to interactive breakout sessions, attendees heard from Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner.
Washington Policy Center participated in and co-sponsored this year's Annual Northwest Environmental Summit on October 17th and 18th at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.
This year's Annual Dinner was a tremendous success, and Washington Policy Center's largest ever. More than 1,000 people filled the Grand Ballroom of the Seattle Westin as WPC honored former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with the 2007 Columbia Award and Bruce R. McCaw with the 2007 Stanley O. McNaughton Champion of Freedom Award. Attendees included some of the state's top policymakers, business and community leaders.
On September 20th, Dinesh D'Souza addressed a large group of WPC supporters in Spokane on Whitworth University's campus. A video of his talk is
WPC's Center for Environmental Policy held its 5th Annual Luncheon yesterday at the Seattle Red Lion with over 140 people in attendance. This year the Center welcomed Irish filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney, Producer and Directors of the documentary "Mine Your Own Business."
WPC's Center for Transportation Policy hosted its kick-off lunch on Monday, June 25th, featuring former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta and welcomed over 160 attendees. Attendees heard from both Center Director Michael Ennis and Mineta with the opportunity of asking questions at the end of the program. Prior to the lunch, WPC hosted a group of Washington's transportation leaders at a roundtable event to discuss ideas on relieving congestion.
WPC’s Center for Health Care Reform sponsored its 5th Annual Health Care Conference on June 14th. The conference was attended by over 260 of Washington's top business owners, legislators, agency and legislative staff, patients, doctors and industry representatives.
Washington Policy Center's Center for Environmental Policy hosted its 4th Annual Luncheon on July 25, 2006. The lunch featured guest speaker Dr. Patrick Moore, a founding member and longtime leader of Greenpeace. He discussed his departure from the current environmentalist movement to the idea of sustainable development and the need to consider social and economic issues along with environmental concerns. A full Policy Note on this year's CEP luncheon will be available soon. Video of the lunch will also be available for viewing this week on our website.
WPC launched its Center for Small Business & Entrepreneurship on Thursday, June 22nd, 2006 at a luncheon in Seattle. The event marked the official transition of WPC's part-time Small Business Project into a full-time research center with dedicated funds and staff. The Small Business Project has been conducting research and analysis on issues facing small business owners since 2001.