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Several residential loan officers have joined HomeStreet Bank and are located in the South Sound region. They include: Dan Hartung, Tacoma; Christopher "Chad" Duke, Federal Way; Tamra Marlowe, Olympia; John Smith, Olympia; and Jennifer "Jen" Condon, Olympia.

John A. Clees has joined Worth Law Group. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and the University of Washington Law School.  John's practice focuses on tax and estate planning for high-net worth individuals and their businesses.

August 2010

Columbia Banking System repays $76.9 million in CPP funds

Columbia Banking System Inc. has redeemed all 76,898 shares of Series A preferred stock originally issued to the U.S. Department of Treasury on Nov. 21, 2008, for about $76.9 million in capital under its Capital Purchase Program.
On Aug. 11, 2010, Columbia paid $77.8 million to the Treasury Department, consisting of $76.9 million in principal and $918,504 in accrued and unpaid dividends.

August 2010

IID joins forces with FIRST

Internet Identity has become a member of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams.

FIRST is a nonprofit organization that has been resolving worldwide computer system and network security vulnerabilities associated with the Internet since 1990.

August 2010

Blog watch: State revenue shortfall, chief selection and indie films

Check out WashACE Blog to learn more about state revenue coming in below forecast - again.

Find out more about "Business Working Together" on The Live Wire.

August 2010

TrueBlue earns top ranking on Forbes' 'Most Trustworthy Companies' list

TrueBlue Inc. has been ranked at the top of the list of companies with the "most transparent and conservative accounting practices and most prudent management," according to the "Most Trustworthy Companies" list compiled for Forbes by Audit Integrity.

Audit Integrity's Accounting & Governance Risk rating ranks companies' accounting and management practices from 0 (very aggressive) to 100 (conservative). Companies with a lower rating have been more likely to suffer equity loss, issue financial restatements and face class action suits, says. Conversely, companies with higher ratings tend to be more trustworthy.

August 2010

Around the Sound

The Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce is hosting a membership luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 10 at Canterwood Golf and Country Club. Renee Radcliff Sinclair, director of congressional and public affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will discuss implementation of new health care laws and how they affect business. The cost is $20 in advance and $30 at the door. RSVP to Tami at (253) 851-6865.

The Tumwater Chamber of Commerce is hosting a networking breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Aug. 10 at the Red Lion Hotel in West Olympia, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information or to RSVP, contact Karin Knapp at (360) 357-5153.

August 2010

Home values decline in Tacoma, tick up in Olympia

Home values in the South Sound were mixed during the second quarter of 2010, according to the latest Zillow Home Value Index.

For June, the HVI for Tacoma was $186,900, off 1.7 percent on a quarterly basis and 7 percent lower year-over-year. The HVI was off 23.4 percent from its high of $244,000 during June 2007.

August 2010

Around the Sound

The Washington State History Museum and The Evergreen State College Longhouse Education and Cultural Center are presenting the fifth annual In the Spirit: Northwest Native Arts Market & Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Aug. 7-8. Guests can experience Native American culture by watching performances from local Native dancers, musicians and storytellers. There will also be a variety of artwork from some of the best Pacific Northwest weavers, printmakers, carvers, bead artists and other artisans for sale. For more information about the In the Spirit exhibit and festival, visit

The City of Tacoma is hosting a Prairie Line Trail design workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 9 in Carwein Auditorium on the campus of the University of Washington Tacoma. The city is applying for grant funding to construct Phase 1 of the project, which will connect the Thea Foss Waterfront through the UW Tacoma campus. For more information, contact Diane Wiatr at (253) 591-5380.

August 2010

UW Tacoma opening Student Health Services facility

For the first time, when University of Washington Tacoma students get a sore throat, discover a weird rash, have questions about living with diabetes or sprain an ankle getting off the bus, they have a place on campus to go for help.
On Aug. 16, in partnership with Franciscan Medical Group, UW Tacoma is opening Student Health Services, a facility supported entirely by student fees. It will be staffed with an advanced registered nurse practitioner and a licensed practical nurse.

August 2010

Blog watch: Taxes, ballot issues, parking and billboards

Check out WashAce Blog for "More Evidence that Taxes Matter."

The Live Wire is the place to find Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber's recommendations on ballot issues.

August 2010
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