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Hotel occupancy up, but average daily room rates decline

Hotel occupancy increased dramatically in Tacoma and Pierce County during October compared to a year earlier, according to the Trends in the Hotel Industry report issued by Wolfgang Rood Hospitality Consulting.

The occupancy rate for October was 71.2 percent, 27.6 percent higher than the 55.8 percent recorded during October 2009. Year to date the occupancy rate is 73.1 percent, up 5.6 percent compared to 69.2 percent through 10 months of 2009.

December 2010

The Carol Milgard Breast Center receives excellence award

The Carol Milgard Breast Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.
The Tacoma-based facility has earned accreditation in all of the college's voluntary, breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.

December 2010

Around the Sound

Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development/Governmental Relations Committee is scheduled to meet from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Dec. 13 at Tyee Event Center, 5757 Littlerock Road SW. Call (360) 357-5153 for more information.

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting Business After Hours from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Design Gallery, 9532 Gravelly Lake Drive SW. Call (253) 582-9400 for more information.

December 2010

Commencement Bay Coffee Co. to close Dec. 23

Commencement Bay Coffee Co., known not only for its food and coffee but also its meeting space, will close Dec. 23.

Keith Prichard, general manager and owner of the Tacoma coffee shop, said people haven't been as willing to travel to his business because of ongoing road construction in front of his facility.

"They have had our street torn up for five months and it's been nothing but getting worse," he said. "Our daily coffee business is doing OK, but the lunch business dropped off dramatically. The only thing that would help me is money from the city and I just don't see that happening."

December 2010

People on the Move

Lacey Hardy has been awarded her own agency with Farmers Insurance. She specializes in commercial business and personal lines insurance.

Trent Nielsen has been awarded his own agency with Farmers Insurance. He specializes in commercial business and financial services.

December 2010

Coram Deo Capital Partners acquires Automated Systems of Tacoma

Automated Systems of Tacoma has been acquired by Coram Deo Capital Partners LLC.

AST designs and manufactures proprietary and custom machines for the non-woven disposable products, carbon fiber, pulp and life science industries. The company was founded in 1965 by Dave Teodoro Sr.

December 2010

U.S. homes set to lose $1.7 trillion in value during 2010

U.S. homes are expected to lose more than $1.7 trillion in value during 2010, which is 63 percent more than the $1 trillion lost during 2009, according to analysis of recent Zillow Real Estate Market Reports.

That brings the total value lost since the market peaked in June 2006 to $9 trillion. By comparison, from 2001 to the end of September 2010, the war in Iraq has cost $750.8 billion, according to a September report by the Congressional Research Service.

December 2010

Transportation Commission set to approve 20-year plan, consider photo tolls for TNB

The Washington State Transportation Commission will meet next Tuesday and Wednesday in Olympia to review the final draft of the Washington Transportation Plan 2030 and approve its transmittal to the governor and legislature.

The commission also will discuss the introduction of photo tolling on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and likely will release a photo toll rate proposal.

December 2010

Blog watch: Rocky start, new online tool, parking changes and a streetscape project

WashACE Blog says that "even before it begins, the special (legislative) session is off to a rocky start ..."

Check out The Live Wire for information abut the state's new small business reference site.

December 2010

Tacoma City Council approves budget

Tacoma City Council members approved the 2011-12 biennial budget during last night's meeting, including a balanced $398.6 million general fund budget and an entire city budget, including all funds, of $2.7 billion.
The general fund budget, which pays for basic services such as police, fire, libraries and residential street repairs, decreased by about $43 million compared to the previous biennium. The budget includes the elimination of 79 vacant positions, none of which are police officer or firefighter positions.

December 2010
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