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Providence announces $13 million expansion

Providence Health and Services will spend $13 million to expand surgical space at Providence St. Peter Hospital to help meet health needs of the growing population in the area. The funding will add two working operating rooms, two shelled-in operating rooms - to be opened when the need demands - and the infrastructure to support the additions. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

March 2009

People on the move

The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance has presented its Aerospace Executive of the Year award to Mike Moran, general manager of Cascade Gasket and Manufacturing.

Colliers International has announced the promotion of Connie Boyle, who has been promoted to associate vice president in the Tacoma office. Boyle has been a leader in the area of investment, retail leasing and tenant representation for the past 24 years. She joined Colliers in January 2003, and specializes in investment properties and retail leasing in south King County.

March 2009
Legislature filled with guess work businesses told

Legislature filled with guess work businesses told

Business owners got a snapshot of the issues facing state lawmakers at the National Federation of Independent Business' 17th Annual Small Business Day at the Capitol yesterday.

The day's events included overviews from NFIB/Washington State Director Troy Nichols, a look at the potential impacts from the federal stimulus package on the economy from Carl Gipson, director of the Washington Policy Center's Small Business Center and an overview of health care options from opposing views offered by State Sen. Karen Keiser and State Rep. Doug Ericksen.

March 2009
State's economy could rebound first, faster than nation

State's economy could rebound first, faster than nation

There was a slight beam of light streaming through the otherwise overcast view Arun Raha, Economic and Revenue Forecast Council Director, gave business owners at a forum in Olympia today.

The world is in the worse slowdown since World War II and the global nature of the recession means the state is no longer able to avoid feeling the economic pinch. While the state is still speeding up its pace of losing jobs and falling home prices, that trend will likely right itself by as early as later this year, which would put it ahead of recovery predictions for the nation as a whole.

March 2009

30-year mortgage rates remain steady

The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted for 30-year mortgages remained steady for the second week at 5.29 percent, up slightly from 5.25 percent the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by real estate Web site Zillow.com.

Meanwhile, rates for 15-year fixed mortgages rose slightly to 4.89 percent, up from 4.86 percent and five-one adjustable rate mortgages dropped down to 4.93 percent from 5.07 percent the week prior.

March 2009

Gregoire welcomes disaster relief

Gov. Chris Gregoire has expressed her gratitude for President Barack Obama's decision to declare a federal disaster area for 33 Washington counties due to public facility damage and emergency response costs resulting from the severe winter storm and snowfall earlier this winter.

"This is the largest federal snow disaster declaration in the state's history," said Gregoire. "Local and state agencies have struggled to meet the costs to respond to the record-setting snowfall that occurred across Washington last December. The President's decision can provide some vitally needed aid for these agencies."

March 2009

Phone companies generate the most AG complaints

Washington consumers filed 25,197 written complaints with the Attorney General's Office in 2008 - the greatest number since 2002. Gripes about health care businesses and commercial banks moved into the top 10 and telecommunications maintained its stronghold as the industry to generate the most criticism.

The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division released its annual Top 20 list of consumer complaint categories today in conjunction with National Consumer Protection Week.

March 2009

Crews finish girder work on SR 6 bridge

Crews are ahead of schedule on the State Route 6, South Fork Chehalis River Bridge project as final bridge girders are set to be installed Thursday.
   
Crews must close SR 6 Thursday night to set up a crane in the roadway and complete girder installation. Once girders are set, crews will begin construction of the new bridge deck.

March 2009

Thurston businesses can go green if they hurry

Thurston businesses can now apply to receive a "Green Business" designation through a recognition program between the City of Olympia, City of Lacey, Thurston County and the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce.

March 2009

Nonresidential construction spending continues free fall

Private, nonresidential construction spending around the nation dropped 4.3 percent in January compared to December 2008, according to the March 2 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a year-over-year basis, private, nonresidential construction spending is up only 0.3 percent. Total nonresidential construction spending reached $687.3 billion, down 3.5 percent on a monthly basis, but up 2.1 percent from last January. 

March 2009
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