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Editor’s Note | 30 Under 35 2017 nominations now being accepted

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With great pleasure, I officially announce that the nomination process is open for 30 Under 35 for 2017.

This annual celebration is one of the most rewarding and inspiring things we do at Wenatchee Valley Business World.

Each year we are introduced to a new crop of young people who are already making a difference. As the years pass, it is nice to see so many of the past honorees assuming leadership roles in both their places of employment and their communities.

We’ve recognized outstanding teachers, exceptional students, bankers, lawyers, small business owners, mechanics and more. There is no perfect 30 Under 35 person, they’re just young, dedicated and deserving of recognition.

The nomination process is fairly simple. You go to wenatcheeworld.com, click on the 30 Under 35 logo and fill out a form. The only requirements for the person you are nominating is that they be age 34 or younger and they live in our readership area.

The rest is up to you. It is most helpful if you provide as much information as possible about why you are nominating that person. What makes them stand out as a rising star in the community?

It is a very competitive process, with more than 100 people nominated in past years. Getting that down to 30 is tough, to put it mildly.

Nominations will be accepted until May 31.

We will publish a special section in August highlighting the 2017 honorees. In the past we’ve also had a party for the group and their family members. This year, we’re opening the celebration to the public at a breakfast with a special guest speaker.

Stay tuned for more details on that.

In this edition of Business World we look at the changing landscape on immigrant labor and what it will mean for our region’s growers.

With the Trump administration putting an emphasis on enforcing immigration laws, there is understandable nervousness about whether there will be an ample supply of people for fruit harvests.

Guest worker programs apparently will help the bigger producers but smaller growers face a great deal of uncertainty. It isn’t that these growers want to hire people in this country illegally, it’s just the reality of the industry and of our country, that such people are in our work force.

Agricultural interests have long pushed for comprehensive immigration reform to address these sorts of concerns. Immigration is such a hot-button issue, though, that most efforts fall by the wayside eventually.

Perhaps there will be progress in addressing this important issue in the years ahead.

We can hope.