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People on the move

The Pacific Grill Event Center was packed for the Sixth Annual New Tacoma Awards at the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber's quarterly City Center Luncheon. Officials from chamber and Absher Construction presented the 2009 New Tacoma Awards winners for the following four categories: The Ghillarducci Award went to Hotel Murano and recognized its successful new development, renovation or beautification. There were 13 nominees for this award.
The Union Station Award went to Gintz Group and recognized leading organizations, companies or individuals that have built or sustained momentum for revitalization. There were 6 nominees for this award. The Popham Award went to Benjii Bittle, deputy executive director of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. This award was named in honor of the late News Tribune Columnist Art Popham, and recognizes the individual who has done the most to build community spirit. There were 11 nominees for this award. The Schoenfeld Award went to hello, cupcake and recognized exemplary performance and pizzazz as a retailer. There were 8 nominees for this award.

April 2009

Tumwater Chamber chief leaves suddenly

Sandra Kozlowski is no longer the executive director of the Tumwater Chamber. Officials there are being mum about the situation and want to wait until a forum next week to present the staff shift to its members before announcing news.

Kozlowski has not formally commented on her sudden departure, which she confirmed yesterday.

April 2009

People on the move

Washington Business Bank President and CEO, Jon M. Jones, has announced the results of the 2009 meeting of the shareholders. Re-elected to the board were: Bill Carlson, Ernest Grubb, Eugene Johnson, Jon M. Jones, Don Paradise, Dick Rokes, Laura Skillings, Kirk Veis and Mike Zittel, who was elected chairman. Skillings is vice-chair and Veis is secretary.

The American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter announced the appointment of Michael Patton as its new chief executive officer. He will oversee operations in the five counties within the local Red Cross chapter's jurisdiction which include the communities of Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties. Prior to accepting his new position, Patton served as the development director for the American Red Cross King and Kitsap Counties Chapter in Washington State. A 13 year veteran, he began his Red Cross career as a fundraiser with the American Red Cross Santa Clara Valley Chapter in San Jose, Cali. "Michael Patton was chosen from over 100 applicants following a nationwide search for the position," said Michael Devers, chairman of the board of directors for the chapter. "He brings a wealth of fundraising and non-profit management experience to our local Red Cross. We are excited about his passion for the organization and his leadership skills."

April 2009
Lakewood commuter rail nears opening with latest contract

Lakewood commuter rail nears opening with latest contract

The contract to upgrade some seven miles of track between Tacoma and Lakewood is set for a Sound Transit vote, marking one of the last milestones for the rail to pass before the trains start running. The vote is set for today.

April 2009

Recession quickened as year ended

The March 2009 Washington Economic and Revenue Forecast was released yesterday and showed just how cool the state's economy really is.

The pace of job loss in Washington accelerated sharply in the fourth quarter of 2008. Washington nonfarm payroll employment fell at a 4.4-percent annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2008 following a 0.1 percent decline in the third quarter and a 1 percent decline in the second quarter.

The Boeing strike exaggerated the fourth quarter job loss, but even without the strike, nonfarm payroll employment would have fallen at a 3.3 percent annual rate. Excluding the temporary impact of the machinists' strike, manufacturing employment fell at a 7.1 percent rate in the fourth quarter with aerospace declining at a 2.5 percent rate and all other manufacturing employment falling at a 9 percent rate.

April 2009

Job cuts slow down for second month

The number of planned job cuts announced by United States employers declined for the second consecutive month in March, falling 19.3 percent to 150,411 from 186,350 in February, according to the job-cut report released today by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

April 2009

Unemployment rates bump up

Unemployment rates were higher in February than a year earlier in all 372 metropolitan areas, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor has reported. Of  those areas, 14 recorded jobless rates of at least 15 percent, while 20 areas registered rates below 5 percent.  

Washington, as a whole, posted an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent. The greater Tacoma area's unemployment rate was 8.7 percent and Olympia posted a jobless rate of 7.6 percent.

April 2009

Blog Watch: money matters

The AWB has a few items about ways to view the state's budget shortfall and how it can be fixed.

March 2009

COFFEE BREAK: the hired gun

The Business Examiner would like to hear from managers and business owners who have had to lay off workers during this recent downturn. What tips do you have to not only make the announcement, but manage morale for the remaining workers.

To reply to the poll, send an e-mail to news@BusinessExaminer.com. Poll results will be published in Friday's BE Daily.

March 2009

Lakewood museum set to close

After three years of operation, the Lakewood History Museum is in danger of having to close its doors due to a lack of operating funds.

Lakewood Historical Society President Becky Huber said the society needs at least $25,000 in cash or pledges to allow it to keep the doors open for another year.

March 2009
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