Archive of: Lakewood

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New way to connect volunteers, needs

A grassroots effort has sprung up in Pierce County to marshal volunteers in their own neighborhoods. The idea is to give nonprofits a virtual bulletin board to post what they need -- and to get responses from local volunteers who are ready to help.

A local version of the Seattle web site is expected to launch Wednesday, Oct. 21 -- part social networking, part events calendar, part public service -- empowers residents to build better neighborhoods. Its interface allows short-staffed nonprofits to jumpstart new projects and get the assistance they need -- even on short notice.

October 2009

People on the move

Pat Flynn is receiving the St. George Award from the American Cancer Society. Her work on the local and national levels to support the growth and expansion of Relay For Life.

Erin Dafoe has joined Apex Karting in Tumwater as an Event Planner specializing in "Non-Traditional" events.

October 2009

Legislator unhappy with report

Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, whose legislative district includes McNeil Island with its prison marked for possible closure, is not happy about the recommendation.

"When the Legislature passed House Bill 1244, it became a given that facilities were going to be recommended for either downsizing or closure," the lawmaker said in a statement today. "I'm pleased that OFM (Office of Financial Management) has only suggested reducing the number of beds at McNeil Island rather than closing it down permanently, as there are a number of other services the facility provides, such as to the Special Commitment Center for violent sex predators also on the island."

October 2009

People on the move

Realtor Shelley Westall has joined Greene Realty Group as a sales associate. Greene Realty Group is an Olympia-based, full-service real estate business utilizing marketing in the forms of print and Web publications to broadcast real estate offerings to the widest population.

Quinn Zander-Conn, senior vice president and CFO of Lakewood's Northwest Commercial Bank, recently graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School, according to Kurt Graff, bank President and CEO. Pacific Coast Banking School, in partnership with the Graduate School of Business at the University of Washington, offers a three-year, graduate-level course. Zander-Conn is a native of Puyallup and attended Western Washington University, where he earned a degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance. He also attended Saint Martin's University for related accounting courses. Before joining Northwest Commercial Bank in 2006 as assistant to CFO George McNelly, Zander-Conn spent three years at Columbia Bank.

October 2009

People on the move

Jay Mayer has been promoted to manager of Northwest Commercial Bank's Lakewood branch, replacing Monica Stevens who is retiring. Mayer has been with the rapidly-growing Lakewood-based bank for the last four years. In addition to his duties as branch manager, Mayer will continue working with a portfolio of loan customers as he has been doing since joining the bank. Prior to joining Northwest Commercial Bank, Mayer was a manager of the Columbia Bank branch. He has more than 25 years banking experience, starting his career with Puget Sound Bank after earning a degree in business from Central Washington University.

October 2009

Interest high in Thurston real estate

An over-flow crowd -- more than 60 percent non-locals -- attended today's Real Estate Forum 2009, a program of the Economic Development Council of Thurston County. The prevailing theme: "Thurston County is Open for Business."

Attendees heard development updates from city managers of Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater, as well as the county's manager of planning and environmental services.

September 2009

L&I proposes rate hike for 2010

The Department of Labor and Industries today announced lower workers' compensation insurance premiums for 2010 than it had earlier forecast.

Agency Director Judy Schurke proposed an average increase of 7.6 percent after earlier predicting it might be necessary to ask for an average increase of 15 to 20 percent.

September 2009

Fight-back on L&I proposed rates

Advocates for small businesses in Washington state quickly spoke in rebuttal to a proposed rate increase announced today by the Department of Labor & Industries.

The $117 million tax hike is in addition to the 40 percent workers' comp tax increases employers and employees have already shouldered over the last five years.

Many states around the country are experiencing rate decreases as a result of major reform efforts and competitive markets for insurance. Workers' comp rates in Oregon decreased by 5.5 percent, marking the 19th year in a row without a rate increase.

September 2009

Lakewood seeks foreign investment

Lakewood officials have learned that the city has been accepted into the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The program designates Regional Centers throughout selected cities where job creation is encouraged through foreign investment.

That means Lakewood is prime real estate for foreigners with money to invest as a way to gain residency.

September 2009

Around the Sound

Fife Area Chamber of Commerce holds its monthly regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 11:30 a.m. at LaQuinta Inn & Suites. Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy will speak. To register, Email or call (253) 922-9320.

Kent Chamber of Commerce Wednesday meeting will be a Candidates' Forum for upcoming election of mayor and city council. Come to Meridian Valley Country Club by 11:30 a.m. and space is limited. Register here.

August 2009
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