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March jobless numbers mixed

Unemployment rates were lower in March than a year earlier in 317 of 372 U.S. metropolitan areas, including Olympia and Tacoma, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Year over year, the jobless rate in Olympia fell from 9.2 percent to 8.9 percent. In Tacoma, unemployment was down from 11.2 percent to 10.7 percent.

April 2011

People on the Move

Capital Medical Center has selected members of its board of trustees for 2011. They include: Kevin Ekar, Heritage Bank, chair; Stephen Daniels-Brown, Daniels-Brown Communications, vice chair; David Deitz M.D., South Sound Surgical Associates; Janie Easter, Easter Financial Services; Thomas O'Meara M.D., Olympia Multi-Specialty Clinic; Wendy Holden; Robert Hipp M.D., South Sound Surgical Associates; Angela Bowen M.D., Western Institutional Review Board; Joseph Sharp, former CEO of Capital Medical Center; Jim Morris, MPH Holdings LLC; Clyde Carpenter M.D., Olympia Orthopaedic Associates; Debra Johnson M.D., South Sound Women's Center; and Jim Geist, CEO of Capital Medical Center.

Daryl Fourtner has joined Heritage Bank in downtown Olympia as senior vice president, commercial lender. He has more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry, most recently as a vice president, commercial banker, and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School.

April 2011

Tacoma honoring volunteer efforts

Tacoma's top volunteers - six individuals and four groups - will be recognized during the 25th annual City of Destiny Awards at 7 p.m. on May 10 at the Stadium High School Auditorium, 111 North E St.

April 2011

Around the Sound

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting "Beyond Facebook" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at Great American Casino. Ken Swarner will discuss how his company, The Weekly Volcano/Ranger/Northwest Airlifter, uses Twitter, LinkedIn, Yelp, Insider Pages, blogs, YouTube, I Contact, online magazines, Flickr, Foursquare and more to network with its clients. Lunch will be available to purchase. RSVP to (253) 582-9400.

Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce is hosting Business After Hours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 27 at Carlson & Associates, 8811 N. Harborview Drive. Click here to RSVP.

April 2011

United Way inches closer to getting more parking spaces

After 10 years, United Way of Pierce County is close to finalizing its purchase of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway property located behind the nonprofit's building on Pacific Avenue. United Way is planning to use the downtown Tacoma property to create 50 to 75 parking spots.

Pete Grignon, UWPC's CFO, said he should have results from environmental testing on the site within the week. If the tests come back clean, both UWPC and BNSF will conduct surveys of the property.

"If that's good, all lights are green and we'll probably be buying it in June," he said. "It will provide much needed parking for our building tenants, which right now are 100 percent nonprofits."

April 2011
Children's Museum construction under way

Children's Museum construction under way

Construction at the new Children's Museum of Tacoma kicked off this morning with a free community celebration.

The 8,000-square-foot interactive play space will undergo a $5 million renovation, including installation of all new exhibits, over the course of the next nine months.

Speakers at today's event focused on the museum's implementation of a "pay as you will" model of admission. Executive director Tanya Andrews said this system will knock down one of the biggest barriers families face when wanting to visit a museum - cost.

April 2011

Waste Connections receives chamber environmental honor

Waste Connections received the 2011 Tahoma Business Environmental Award from the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber during a luncheon today at Hotel Murano.

Waste Connections provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services to more than 2 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in 27 western and southern states.

April 2011

Around the Sound

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting "Beyond Facebook" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at Great American Casino. Ken Swarner will discuss how his company, The Weekly Volcano/Ranger/Northwest Airlifter, uses Twitter, LinkedIn, Yelp, Insider Pages, blogs, YouTube, I Contact, online magazines, Flickr, Foursquare and more to network with its clients. Lunch will be available to purchase. RSVP to (253) 582-9400.

Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce is hoisting Business After Hours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 27 at Carlson & Associates, 8811 N. Harborview Drive. Click here to RSVP.

April 2011

Tacoma Symphony Orchestra music director stepping down

Harvey Felder will relinquish his position as music director of Tacoma Symphony Orchestra at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, his 20th with the organization.
 
Felder, who joined the 85-member symphony in 1993 after a national search, is leaving the symphony to dedicate more time to a number of musical projects he began while conducting the orchestra.

April 2011

THA receives $450,000 grant to support Education Project

Tacoma Housing Authority has received $450,000 from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support THA's Education Project.

The purpose of Education Project is to find out how a public housing authority can help the children it houses succeed in school and help improve schools that serve its communities.

April 2011
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