About Us

The Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment

The Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment provides statewide advocacy and leadership to empower the disability community to obtain equality of opportunity and maximum independence.

The Vision of GCDE:

The Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment (GCDE) is a nationally recognized leader in promoting equality, opportunity, independence, and full participation in life for persons with disabilities. The membership of the GCDE strives to promote the diversity of persons with disabilities by representing the widest possible range of constituent groups, geographical perspectives, ethnic origins and cultural heritage.

Created by the Executive Order in 1987, the GCDE:

  • Advises the governor, the legislature and state agencies on policy affecting persons with
  • Monitors legislation to assure equal opportunity and access for employment, education, health
    care and public services;
  • Promotes understanding of the needs and potential of people with disabilities, offering
    information and awareness training to the public;
  • Recognizes employers who demonstrate leadership in employing persons with disabilities;
  • Provides training and technical assistance to the business community to promote employment
    opportunities and awareness of disability issues; and
  • Conducts all activities in barrier-free environments and uses appropriate auxiliary aids and services
    to ensure effective communication.

Subcommittees and Projects – Find out about the work of each subcommittee and project.

Organizational Chart – Find out about the structure of GCDE, including the GCDE members and staff.

Quick Access to Resources – GCDE resources for the disability community.

Membership Information – Find out how to become a member of the GCDE.

Contact the Governor’s Committee – Who we are and where we are located.

Recent Accomplishments – Read about accomplishments made by the GCDE.

AWB Institute

Who We Are: Founded in 2001, The AWB Institute is a not-for-profit 501 (C) (3) affiliate of the Association of Washington Business (AWB).

Vision: A qualified, skilled worker available for every job opening in Washington State.

Mission: To maximize the quality and availability of Washington’s workforce to employers by providing information on the status of its workforce, developing programs to improve the quality of job and skills training and to bring together key partners to advance careers for all workers, increase business productivity, and improve competitiveness.

What we do: The purpose of the Institute is to address the vital need for an entity that can help identify and define the workforce needs of business and to be the “voice” that can speak for all of Washington’s businesses and industry (as well as their associations and local chambers of commerce) on the subjects of workforce development and education, skill development and credentialing, and competitive issues. By assessing those needs, communicating them to all the appropriate stakeholders, implementing them at all levels and evaluating their effectiveness the Institute will be benefiting the members and potential members of The Association of Washington Business and the greater business community of Washington State.

We rely heavily on the expertise and willingness of AWB members and their employees to help us run effective programs. We develop solutions and provide opportunities for AWB members and the greater business communities to be involved in a number of programs that improve public education, prepare skilled workers for employment, and assist in the on-going training of their current and future workforce.

Commitment: Our state’s ability to be competitive in a global economy depends on the quality of our workforce. AWB Institute is committed to ensuring that this competitive advantage continues. Our goal is to meet the needs of employers for a skilled workforce and the needs of workers for the skills required to attain and maintain family wage jobs by making the state’s workforce systems more effective, efficient, accessible, and focused on being employer driven.

The competitive vitality of Washington state, the business environment, and economic status of our workforce will be better because of our effort.

Media Contacts: For more information on AWB Institute or to request an interview, please contact Jason Hagey at 360-943-1600 or jasonh@awb.org.

The AWB Institute strives to be self-supporting by obtaining a combination of public, private, and corporate grants,
donations from individual business’s, associations, and private citizens. Contributions are tax-deductible. At some point,
programs, materials, consultation, and research may be offered on a “cost-recovery” fee basis .

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