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Northwest Innovation Works is committed to promoting economic justice and working respectfully in Cowlitz County. Not only have they prioritized investing in innovative technologies to protect our air and water, they have committed to investing in our people.

During construction the facility will create 1,000 jobs and in operation it will employ 200 people which mean local jobs. Most exciting to me is their commitment to partnering with Lower Columbia College, Workforce Southwest Washington, and the Cowlitz County Economic Development Council to build a foundation for training and hiring permanent employees from the local community to work at the facility once operational.

NWIW is committed to investing in the local workforce by paying for the tuition and a stipend for students who are accepted into the training program. Those who successfully complete the training can expect to be offered full-time employment at the NW Innovation Works Kalama.

They are setting a new standard for business partnerships and will be a great addition to the community.

Ilona Kerby

Castle Rock

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