Archive of: Tacoma

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Blog watch: Leadership, pessimists, losers, derelicts and life expectancy

Interesting post on OlyBlog: "Blind allegiance is not leadership."

Stop by Exit 133 for a citizen review of "The Trip."

August 2011

Community Health Care workers' strike continues

Health care workers at Community Healthcare are on strike for a second day.

The workers, members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, began an unfair labor practice strike at 7 a.m. Tuesday and will conclude strike activities at 8 tonight.

August 2011

Index predicts substantial price increases for Tacoma homes

Four metro areas in Washington, including Tacoma and Olympia, are among the 10 markets projected to experience the highest home price increases during the next two years, according to an analysis of home price trends based on the Fisery Case-Shiller Indexes.

Home prices in Tacoma, which is expected to be the top-performing market, are projected to increase by nearly a fourth, despite a higher than average national unemployment rate and a median home price that is nearly 40 percent above the national average.

August 2011

People on the Move

Angie Roarty has been appointed to the Pierce College Board of Trustees. She is an insurance agent with State Farm and has a bachelor's degree in communications management from the University of Portland. Roarty is a member of the Lakewood and Steilacoom chambers of commerce, Women Business Owners, Filipino Community Alliance, Pierce County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Lakewood Communities in School. She chairs the St. Francis Cabrini School Commission.

Lisa Seavey has been recognized for customer satisfaction excellence under the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Insurance Agency Program. She is an American Family Insurance agent in Lacey.

August 2011

No agreement reached; Community Health Care workers strike

Health care workers and representatives of Community Healthcare bargained into early this morning in a last ditch effort to avert a strike at community clinics in the Tacoma area.

An agreement was not reached and the two-day unfair labor practice strike began at 7 a.m. at the Lakewood Community Clinic, 10510 Gravelly Lake Drive SW.

August 2011

Still a bumpy road toward housing market stabilization

Home values in the United States fell 0.4 percent from the first to the second quarter of 2011, the smallest quarterly decline in more than four years, according to Zillow's second quarter Real Estate Market Reports. The Zillow Home Value Index fell 6.2 percent year-over-year to $171,600. Home values have fallen 28.8 percent since they peaked in June 2006.

Regionally, home values fell on a year-over-year basis in 142 of the 154 metropolitan statistical areas covered by Zillow and were flat in eight. In the short term, however, nearly two-thirds of MSAs (94 of 154) experienced home value appreciation, with the Zillow Home Value Index rising from the first to the second quarter.

August 2011

Vangard earns Esprit Award

Vangard Inc. has received an Esprit Award for Best Event for a Nonprofit Organization under $75,000 for Dreambuilder's Ball 2010.

The awards are designed to recognize the event industry's finest in creativity, design, production and event management.

August 2011

S&P downgrades Tacoma's credit rating

Standard & Poor's has lowered it's credit rating for the City of Tacoma from AA/Watch Negative  to AA-/Stable. The revision was made at 4:26 EST.

Earlier this morning, at 10:53 EST, the credit rating agency had lowered the rate from AAA/Watch Negative to AA+/Negative.

August 2011

Wells Fargo Plaza earns LEED-EB silver certification

Unico Properties LLC's Wells Fargo Plaza in Tacoma, has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Wells Fargo Plaza, which serves as the anchor of Tacoma's financial district, is the first property in Tacoma to achieve LEED-EB certification. The 308,000-square-foot, Class-A office building is on Pacific Avenue between
12th and 13th streets.

August 2011

Around the Sound

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber is hosting Small Business Committee from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 9 at Vinum Coffee & Wine Lounge, 1001 Pacific Ave. For more information, e-mail

Gig Harbor Pierce County Library is hosting a free grant writing workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 9 at 4424 Point Fosdick Drive N.W. Participants will learn the basics of using census data in writing grant proposals and how to locate census demographics to help build an effective case for project funding. Topics covered will include the new American Fact Finder website tool, Decennial Census products, American Community Survey, Population Estimates Program and other surveys. Click here for more information.

August 2011
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