Today, Tuesday, March 14, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) will visit several local businesses and Employment Social Enterprises (ESEs) to learn about workforce development efforts and how federal pandemic relief funds helped local companies retain or save jobs and drive economic growth. Larsen is focused on investing in long-term economic growth that creates jobs and opportunity in the Pacific Northwest.
First, Larsen will tour Columbia Distributing’s Everett warehouse, which employs 250 people. Columbia Distributing is a Washington and Oregon based company that distributes beverages to area retailers, restaurants, and bars.
Larsen will then tour Bridgeways, a manufacturing ESE that connects adults living with mental illness to employment, housing, and other essential services. Bridgeways was awarded more than $2.5 million in federal pandemic relief funds, including $175,310 through the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program (AMJP). The American Rescue Plan included bipartisan language Larsen championed that established the AMJP, which saved 3,154 aviation manufacturing jobs in Washington state and 30,034 jobs nationwide.
Larsen will then be the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of Everett’s weekly meeting, where he will discuss how bold, long-term investments like the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are working for Everett and Snohomish County.
Afterwards, Larsen will tour Orion Industries, an aerospace manufacturing ESE that provides workforce training and specialized support for people with developmental disabilities. Orion Industries was awarded more than $8 million in federal pandemic relief funds, including $947,200 through the AMJP.
Finally, Larsen will visit Aviation Technical Services (ATS) to discuss how a nearly $460,000 Aviation Workforce Development Maintenance Technical Workers grant from the FAA will enable ATS to support careers in aviation maintenance for graduating high school seniors through apprenticeship programs.
Rep. Larsen continues to be a workhorse for the 2nd Congressional District and this community. He spends the majority of his time here in his District, meeting people and businesses and addressing their needs.