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County Council

approves members of advisory board

for Economic Opportunity

and Empowerment Program



Board will stimulate efforts to recruit workers and provide jobs in economically disadvantaged communities throughout King County

The Metropolitan King County Council today unanimously approved the members of the panel charged with ensuring that economic opportunities created by the construction of the county's new Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) are available to the most disadvantaged in our community.

The Empowerment Program will help ensure diversity in the project workforce, by identifying effective strategies to achieve the contract's goals for hiring and training veterans, women, people of color, and youth, and for employing small contractors and suppliers.

The King County Economic Opportunity and Empowerment Program Advisory Board is part of a new approach to recruiting and hiring workers from traditionally disadvantaged communities. Commonly referred to as targeted local hire, the board will prepare a strategy for hiring individuals from the parts of King County specifically identified as having greater numbers of veterans, women, people of color, and youth in need of employment.

The legislation creating the Empowerment Program was unanimously adopted by the County Council in February. Today's appointments are a crucial step in implementing this first-of-its-kind legislation for King County.

"As I've made clear throughout my time on the Council, I am committed to leveraging all resources of this powerful government to combat poverty in King County," said Councilmember Rod Dembowski, the sponsor of the Empowerment Program ordinance. "What's so exciting about this program is that it will teach youth, veterans, people of color, and women the trade skills necessary to obtain family-wage jobs. I have great confidence in the panel members, and look forward to seeing their plan in action."

On August 7, 2012, King County voters approved a nine-year property tax levy-lid lift to finance the project to replace the current Youth Services Center. These capital funds can only be used for the construction of the Children and Family Justice Center. The revenue to support this $1 million Economic Opportunity and Empowerment Program is anticipated to come from levy proceeds beyond the originally estimated amounts.

While unemployment in King County has dropped significantly in recent years, there are many communities that have not benefitted from the region's growing economy. Unemployment remains high among veterans, young adults, and communities of color. The board members will bring their expertise to the development and implementation of the plan to provide employment and business opportunities in the construction of the $210 million facility.

"Economic opportunity is the first step in ensuring that people of color will not need to use the facilities that will be part of the CFJC," said Councilmember Larry Gossett. "The advisory board is a positive move toward providing underserved communities the chance to get the skills and business that will help them and the communities they live in."

The members of the advisory board will advise and assist a project administrator appointed by the Executive to develop a plan, due at least 90 days prior to the County's issuance of the notice to proceed with construction, to achieve or exceed the hiring and training goals for apprentices and the utilization goals for small contracting and suppliers for the CFJC project.

The advisory board will include representatives from the building trades, construction industry, labor, coalition and community organizations, and pre-apprenticeship training providers. The panel members include:









Two additional advisory members have been appointed, and are set to be confirmed by the Council on May 26. They are:



Members of the advisory board will serve staggered three-year terms. The board is expected to start meeting this summer.



-- Tabor 100 --
Contact:
Kayla Whaling
1-800-331-0085
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Walmart To Entrepreneurs: Bring Us Your Products That Support American Jobs

Company to host its second Open Call event asking suppliers to pitch products to Walmart, Walmart.com and Sam's Club


BENTONVILLE, Arkansas, May 6, 2015 - On July 7-8, Walmart will open its doors to new and existing suppliers for the company's "Made in the USA" Open Call and U.S. Manufacturing Summit. During the event, current and prospective suppliers will have the opportunity to meet with the company's senior leaders and merchants to pitch their products for the chance to have them sold at Walmart, on Walmart.com and in Sam's Club locations.

Last summer, Walmart hosted its first-ever Open Call event where the company held more than 800 meetings. Following the day's meetings, Walmart made deals with hundreds of innovative new products, from crab cakes to taco plates.

"Open Call is a unique opportunity to find great products made or assembled by American workers. With these suppliers, we can increase domestic manufacturing through our commitment to purchase more U.S.-made goods benefitting our customers and communities," said Cindi Marsiglio, VP, sourcing and manufacturing for Walmart U.S. "We know that sourcing products closer to the point of consumption has tremendous benefits to our business."

"During our first Open Call event, we made deals with suppliers of all sizes, from those selling product in thousands of our stores to those supplying to just a few. As we continue to grow our online assortments, we added new items to Walmart.com and currently offer more than 22,000 products online supporting U.S. jobs," Marsiglio added.

Examples of 2014 Open Call Deals: "Creating food is my passion but I wanted to turn my hobby into a career. When I came to Walmart to present my products at Open Call, I didn't know what to expect as a small business owner," said Jennifer McCullough, CEO of Chef Jenn. "I was so excited to get a deal with Walmart and have a new opportunity to reach a variety of new consumers across the country with my gourmet frozen seafood and other items."

In 2013, Walmart announced the company would purchase an additional $250 billion in products supporting American jobs over 10 years. Walmart will accomplish this goal by pursuing a multi-pronged approach that includes: increased purchasing of current U.S. manufactured goods, sourcing ¡¥new to Walmart¡¦ U.S. manufactured goods, and supporting the reshoring to U.S. of goods the retailer already buys.

To learn more about Walmart¡¦s U.S. manufacturing commitment or to apply to attend the ¡§Made in USA¡¨ Open Call and U.S. Manufacturing Summit on July 7-8, go to http://corporate.walmart.com/global-responsibility/us-manufacturing.

* For Broadcast Media: To access video sound bites for July¡¦s meeting or b-roll from last year¡¦s Open Call event, click on the below links. http://news.walmart.com/videos/sound-bites-walmart-prepares-for-the-2015-us-manufacturing-summit-with-open-call-event - sound bites http://news.walmart.com/videos/b-roll-walmart-prepares-for-us-manufacturing-summit-with-open-call-event - b-roll # # # About Walmart Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better ¡V anytime and anywhere ¡V in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,462 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 sales of nearly $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

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Tabor Supports Seattle Goodwill

Tabor 100 members and guests were among the more than 700 attendees at Seattle Goodwill's annual Glitter and Fashion Show, November 2 at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. The event raised more than $385,000, a record amount of funds to support computer classes and technology in Goodwill's 10 Job Training and Education Centers in the North Puget Sound area. Last year, more than 2,000 students took a computer class at one of ten Goodwill Job Training and Education Centers in the Puget Sound area.

"Through the Woods" was the theme for the event that enables individuals to take the next step on their path to self-sufficiency. "Almost every job requires some level of computer knowledge," said Ken Colling, president and ceo, Seattle Goodwill. "The funds we raise tonight will make a difference in the lives of many."

Tabor member Kibibi Monie said the event was "done with class and finesse. It's a shining example of how fundraising events should be presented and done."

Sandy Hanks, King County, attended with her husband (Name). "This is the first time that we have attended the Goodwill Glitter Gala," said Hanks, a recent Crystal Eagle Award recipient. "The event was a great way to showcase the positive impacts that the act of giving has on all of us, particularly those experiencing hardships."

Several participants in Goodwill's job training programs shared their stories with the audience. They spoke confidently about the obstacles they overcame with the help of Goodwill. Their experiences, and the untold success stories that have helped to improve the lives of others, are just some of the many reasons why Goodwill is a valued neighbor in our communities.

"We like the work done by Goodwill," said Hanks. "One speaker voiced the main reason why we chose to participate in this enjoyable fundraising event, "Because jobs change lives."

Goodwill followed the Glitter Gala with a very successful Glitter Sale where more than $650,000 was raised when nearly 3,000 people bought $265,000 worth of formalwear, eveningwear, shoes, purses, jewelry and accessories.

-- Tabor 100 --


September 12, 2013

GOVERNOR INSLEE PROCLAIMS TABOR 100 DAY
ORGANIZATION'S GALA EVENT SCHEDULED
FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Governor Jay Inslee has issued a proclamation marking Saturday, September 14 "Tabor 100 Day" as the organization celebrates its' 14th Captains of Industry Gala. The event at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center begins with a reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by a dinner and program where the governor will help present the organization's Crystal Eagle awards. The recipients are honored for their achievements in economic development, government affairs, education and community service.


Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder and chief executive officer of ACT-1 Group, the largest minority woman-owned employment agency in the United States, will be the event's keynote speaker.


Tabor 100 www.tabor100.org is an association of entrepreneurs and business advocates committed to economic power, educational excellence and social equity for African-Americans and the community at large.


Please note, the proclamation is available at www.tabor100.org For more information, contact J. Paul Blake, publicaffairs@tabor100.org or 206.818.7523.


Proclamation

--Tabor 100--


VULCAN, CHRIS HANSEN
AMONG AWARD RECIPIENTS AT
TABOR 100 GALA

MAJOR COMMUNITY EVENT
SET FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Tabor 100 will honor Paul Allen's Vulcan and Chris Hansen with its Crystal Eagle award at the organization's 14th Annual Captains of Industry Gala, Saturday, September 14 at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center. A Silent Auction and reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. precedes the 7:15 dinner and program. Tickets for the event are $125.

Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell will serve as master of ceremonies.

Hansen, Sonics Arena and Chris Liu, director, Department of Enterprise Services, State of Washington, will receive the Business Development Award. David Bley, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will receive the Education Excellence Award. Sandy Hanks, Sound Transit and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce will receive the Economic Development Award.

Tabor's Corporate Partnership Award will be presented to Vulcan and Walmart.

Dr. William Bradford, Foster School of Business, University of Washington will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and Leonard Simpson, Len Can Builders, Inc. will receive the Third Tabor 100 Legacy Hall of Fame Award.

Tabor's annual signature event, the Captains of Industry Gala supports the Dr. William Bradford Scholarship Fund. Bradford Scholarships are awarded to African American students pursuing business careers. The fund also provides financial support to aligned organizations and supports initiatives focused on education, government affairs and community service.

Tabor 100 www.tabor100.org is an association of entrepreneurs and business advocates committed to economic power, educational excellence and social equity for African-Americans and the community at large.

To register to attend the Gala, please see http://tabor100.org/ugc/registration.html

For more information, contact J. Paul Blake, publicaffairs@tabor100.org or 206.818.7523.

-- Tabor 100 --


GOVERNOR INSLEE
TO ATTEND TABOR 100 GALA

Jay Inslee will participate in Tabor 100's 14th Annual Captains of Industry Gala, September 14, at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center. The governor will assist in presenting the organization's Crystal Eagle awards to recipients honored for their achievements in economic development, government affairs, education and community service.

A reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. precedes the 7:15 p.m. dinner and program. Tickets for the event are $125.

"We're pleased Governor Inslee has chosen to attend our event," said Ollie Garrett, Tabor 100 president. "His presence is an affirmation of Tabor's position as a leading community organization."

Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder and chief executive officer of ACT-1 Group, the largest minority woman-owned employment agency in the United States, will be the event's keynote speaker. Tabor's annual signature event, the gala supports the Dr. William Bradford scholarships awarded to African American students pursuing business careers. The fund also provides financial support to aligned organizations and supports initiatives focused on education.

Tabor 100 www.tabor100.org is an association of entrepreneurs and business advocates committed to economic power, educational excellence and social equity for African-Americans and the community at large.

To register to attend the Gala, please see http://tabor100.org/ugc/registration.html

For more information, contact J. Paul Blake, publicaffairs@tabor100.org or 206.818.7523.

-- Tabor 100 --