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South Sound metro unemployment rates rise

Unemployment rates were higher in June than a year earlier in 127 of the nation's 372 metropolitan areas, including Olympia and Tacoma, according to the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics.

The jobless rate rose from 7.9 percent to 8.5 percent in Olympia and from 9.6 percent to 10 percent in Tacoma.

August 2011

Communities awarded $200,000 in local record preservation grants

Washington State Archives' Local Records Grant Program has awarded grants totaling $200,000 to 33 local government agencies to help them meet their responsibilities for preserving and improving access to public records.
The money will be used to digitize and microfilm important legal and historical records.

August 2011

Honda Accord most stolen vehicle in Washington

The vehicle thieves target most often in Washington is the 1991 Honda Accord, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's annual Hot Wheels Report for 2010.

The 2010 Top 10 most stolen list for Washington includes vehicle years ranging from 1991 to 1997. According to NICB, certain models of older cars and trucks are popular with thieves because of the value of their parts, plus they are easier to steal. Newer vehicles often have more sophisticated alarms and anti-theft systems. Newer and more expensive vehicles often are stolen to be resold intact or shipped overseas.

August 2011

People on the Move

Jason Jordan has been promoted to direct Port of Tacoma's environmental programs, including permitting, water and air quality, SEPA management, cleanup, construction support, stewardship and other environmental initiatives. Before joining the port in 2008, Jordan worked as a land use planner and project manager for Port of Seattle, the City of Renton and a private consulting firm.
Sean Eagan has been promoted to direct Port of Tacoma's local, state and federal government affairs. Before joining the port in 2006, Eagan worked for U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, most recently as deputy district director.

August 2011

Around the Sound

Thurston County Chamber of Commerce is hosting Morning MIXXer at 7 a.m. Aug. 2 at Wee Love Learning! Early Learning Center, 1835 Cooper Point Road SW. The cost is $5 for members and $10 general admission. Click here for more information.

Kent Chamber of Commerce is hosting a membership luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 3 at Meridian Valley Country Club, 24830 136th Ave. SE. The topic is "33rd Legislative Wrap Up." The cost is $12 for soup and salad, $20 for a full lunch or $30 for non-members. Click here or call Marge Williams at (253) 854-1770 for more information.

August 2011

Cardiology groups join Franciscan Health System

Two cardiology groups have joined the Franciscan Health System, giving the organization the largest array of cardiologists in the South Sound and expanding its expertise in screening, diagnosing and treating heart-related conditions.

Cardiovascular Consultants, which has offices in Auburn and Federal Way, and Cardiac Health Specialists, with offices in Tacoma, Lakewood and Gig Harbor, together include 13 cardiologists. When added to the four cardiologists employed by Franciscan Cardiology Associates, this gives the system 17 in all.

August 2011

South Sound hotel occupancy rates up during June

Hotel occupancy rates were up during June compared to last year in the South Sound, according to the latest Trends in the Hotel Industry report from Wolfgang Rood Hospitality Consulting.

In Tacoma and Pierce County, occupancy rates rose 1.8 percent, from 77.2 percent to 78.6 percent. In southwest Washington, which includes Thurston and Lewis counties, rates were up 4.9 percent, from 69.2 percent to 72.6 percent. Year to date occupancy in Tacoma and Pierce County is off 1.9 percent (66.7 percent vs. 65.4 percent) and up 5.4 percent in Thuston and Lewis (60.1 percent vs. 63.4 percent).

August 2011

PSE Foundation awards $398,000 to local charities

The Puget Sound Energy Foundation distributed $398,000 to local charitable organizations throughout Washington during the first six months of 2011.

In July, as part of the foundation's first of two annual funding rounds, $137,500 was awarded to 54 organizations within PSE's 11 county service territory. These grants range from $1,000 to $30,000. Earlier in the year, the foundation contributed more than $260,000 to local United Way chapters throughout western Washington.

August 2011

AmericanWest Bank completes two acquisitions

AmericanWest Bank has completed its previously announced acquisitions of Bank of the Northwest and Sunrise Bank.

The acquisitions were consummated in separate merger transactions but closed simultaneously late yesterday afternoon, bringing Spokane-based AmericanWest Bank's total assets to $2 billion.

July 2011

People on the Move

Mason General Hospital Foundation has chosen Barbara Dunbar, Deb Nielsen and Gretchen Schodde to receive its 2011 American Business Women's Award. Dunbar has been the administrative, public affairs and human resources assistant at Green Diamond Resource Co. since 2002. Nielsen has served as the executive director of Mason County Homeless Shelter since 2005. Schodde is the founder and executive director of Harmony Hill Retreat Center.

Michael M. Nelson M.D. has joined Cascade Eye & Skin Centers' dermatology team. He specializes in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology care. Nelson previously worked at Skagit Regional Clinics in Mount Vernon. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and earned his medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. His research fellowship and dermatology residency were completed at Washington University in St. Louis. Nelson is board certified in dermatology and also is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the Washington State Medical Association.

July 2011
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