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Gregoire requests federal disaster funds

Gov. Chris Gregoire today asked President Barack Obama to declare a federal disaster area in nine Washington counties impacted by flooding, mudslides and avalanches caused by severe weather earlier this month.

Gregoire requested federal assistance for Clark, King, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston and Wahkiakum counties. Damage surveys are continuing this week and the results are expected to add counties to the disaster declaration request.

January 2009

Tacoma Breast Center's construction under budget

Locally owned Rush Commercial is finishing up tenant improvements on one of its own Puget Sound properties that will now house the region's most comprehensive breast health center. Working on-time and under budget, the Carol Milgard Breast Center is now complete and will be open to patients in February.

"Our hope was to have a center where patients are ensured privacy and dignity while they obtain the finest care in the region," said Marcy Parsons, program director for CMBC. "The Rush team showed incredible dedication to meeting these goals with our budget in mind. And much to our delight, we never felt that the building's overall quality or craftsmanship was compromised in doing so."

The center in Tacoma will offer a full suite of screening and diagnostic services at 4525 South 19th St.

January 2009

Catholic Community Services takes over Tacoma shelter

Catholic Community Services will assume operation of Tacoma's largest homeless shelter Feb. 15.

The Martin Luther King Shelter, which has served homeless people for about 25 years, will see expanded hours, services and staffing levels under CCS management. The program will be renamed Tacoma Avenue Shelter. It is located at 1143 Tacoma Ave. S.

"Our first priority is to provide a compassionate adn respectful place for homeless people to shower and sleep," said Denny Hunthausen, agency director of CCS Southwest. "Our staff will work closely with our neighbors and others impacted by the presence of the shelter."

January 2009

South Sound flooding causes growth pains for nonprofit

The startup nonprofit Help 4 Hard Times has gone from toddler to teenager in a matter of months as it has had to manage the demands of its surrounding community following two floods in the last year.

January 2009

SBA offers online resources to help with slowdown

Entrepreneurs can take advantage of new, free online training and other resources offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration to assist them during this period of economic recovery.
The SBA offers a variety of online courses to assist small businesses in more effectively managing their firms in the current economy. The new course topics, available directly from the SBA site, include revising business plans to reposition with current conditions, winning customers in a slowing economy, restructuring existing debt, and diversifying your customer base with federal contracts.

January 2009

Tacoma foundation dishes out $225,000

The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has awarded more than $225,000 to 41 non-profit organizations serving Pierce County.
This is the second of two grantmaking cycles for the foundation in 2008, bringing the total of grants awarded this year to more than $570,000.

January 2009
Ceremony marks Goodwill center halfway point

Ceremony marks Goodwill center halfway point

A beam signed by Goodwill Industries staff members and others involved in the creation of the new Milgard Work Opportunity Center in Tacoma, went up today and its placement marks the halfway point of construction on the project.

January 2009

Blog Watch: banks and buyers remorse

Lacey-based biz blogger Ken Balsley made note of the number of banks located in the county at a time when banks are reportedly struggling and a new one is entering the market. Welcome, Golf Bank. Balsley notes that the county has 76 bank or credit union branches, with 28 different names.

The AWB has an item on the planned repeal of the well-supported but not-funded paid family leave plan. The issue is being revisited as the state faces a slump and dollars aren't as available for government programs as they were just a few months ago.

January 2009

Future takes shape for job training effort

A "beam-signing" ceremony at the Milgard Work Opportunity Center will mark the halfway point of construction on the project. Work on the 63,000 square foot, four-level facility began in June and it is scheduled to be completed in fall 2009.
The event, for Tacoma Goodwill employees, will take place Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the new building, located at South 27th Street and Tacoma Avenue. For the past several weeks, staff members have had the opportunity to sign the final beam that will be placed on the building.
"The building represents our future, but it's the partnerships we've created and what goes on inside the facility that's the real story," said Bob Bruback, president of the Tacoma Goodwill Board of Directors. "It will support our efforts to train and place people in jobs."

January 2009

Insurance advice for winter storm victims

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler advises business owners to assess their property damage after the latest winter storm and take steps to mitigate any further damage, if possible.

"When it's safe to do so, survey your property and determine the extent of damage you've suffered, if any," said Kreidler. "Before you file a claim, check your policy to see what's covered and the amount of your deductible. You may want to make the repairs yourself. But if you have substantial damage, contact your agent or company as soon as possible."

January 2009
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