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Federal grant to help Family Justice Center fight domestic violence

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women has awarded a two-year, $750,000 grant to the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center.

The grant is designed to encourage arrest policies and enforcement of protection orders by providing funding for partner agencies doing victim advocacy work at the Tacoma-based center, as well as for other programs and services for victims of domestic violence in the community.

September 2011

South Sound metro jobless rates mixed

Unemployment rates were lower in August than a year earlier in 262 of the nation's 372 metropolitan areas, including Olympia, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Olympia's jobless rate ticked down from 7.9 percent to 7.8 percent. Tacoma saw a slight increase, from 9.8 percent to 9.9 percent.

September 2011

Hotel occupancy up in Lewis/Thurston, down in Tacoma/Pierce

Occupancy rates for hotels in the South Sound were mixed during July compared to a year ago, but average daily room rates per occupied room were up regionwide, according to the latest Trends in the Hotel Industry report from Wolfgang Rood Hospitality Consulting.

Tacoma and Pierce County occupancy rates fell from 87.8 percent to 85.2 percent. Year to date compared to 2010, rates are off 2.1 percent (68.6 percent vs. 70.1 percent).

September 2011

Around the Sound

Puget Sound American Marketing Association South Sound is hosting "Word of Mouth - Creating Conversation-Worthy Buzz" from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Varsity Grill in Tacoma. The featured speaker is Rod Brooks, CMO of PEMCO Insurance and president of WOMMA. The cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Click here for more information.

Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau is hosting a learning and networking event from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Shankz Black Light Miniature Golf, 1520 SW Cooper Point Road, No. 250, Olympia. Dana Pethia of Constant Contact and Jerry Farmer of 94.5 ROXY will present "Marketing Best Practices and Lessons Learned." Call George Sharp at (360) 704-7544 for more information.

September 2011

Rush Commercial breaks ground on apartment project

Rush Commercial has broken ground on Tacoma Mall Apartments, a multi-family development project scheduled for completion during the first quarter of 2013. The project includes two seven-story residential towers totaling 177 apartments on about 3 acres.

"From an investment standpoint the future is bright for the multifamily sector," said Matt Smith, president of Rush. "The increased availability of construction and long-term financing, and a decrease in the cost of construction have provided a catalyst for many developers to move forward with their multifamily projects. Much of the new construction growth has been in Seattle and Bellevue, but it is now starting to spread into areas like Tacoma and Olympia."

September 2011

Chamber honors Spotlight! On Business Award recipients

Seven Spotlight! On Business award recipients, including the newly added category, "Business Supporter of Military," were announced at the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber's awards luncheon Friday.

The Spotlight! On Business awards recognizes the accomplishments and civic contributions that chamber member businesses make to the community.

September 2011

Around the Sound

South Sound Regional Business Incubator is hosting a workshop about top sales techniques from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at 402 S. 333rd St., Federal Way. The cost is free for members. Federal Way chamber members can purchase a four-class punch card for $80 and non-members may purchase a four-class punch card for $160. Visit www.ssrbi.com for more information.

Puget Sound American Marketing Association South Sound is hosting "Word of Mouth - Creating Conversation-Worthy Buzz" from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Varsity Grill in Tacoma. The featured speaker is Rod Brooks, CMO of PEMCO Insurance and president of WOMMA. The cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Click here for more information.

September 2011

More bridge-building through Nalley Valley on tap

Hot on the heels of opening a new Interstate 5/State Route 16 interchange to westbound travelers, drivers will soon see work starting on a companion roadway heading eastbound through Tacoma's Nalley Valley.
 
The Washington State Department of Transportation has awarded a $74.7 million I-5/SR 16: Eastbound Nalley Valley construction contract to Mowat Construction Co. of Woodinville. Work is expected to begin this fall and continue through spring 2014.

September 2011

Bates president to retire this year

Bates Technical College President Lyle Quasim told the school's Board of Trustees on Sept. 20 that he will retire effective Jan. 1, 2012. He has served as president since January 2010.

In an effort to help with the transition, Quasim offered to continue as president until the board select a successor.

September 2011

Tacoma-Pierce County work force development council awarded $5.13M

The state's Employment Security Department has awarded $5.13 million to a Tacoma-Pierce County work force development agency to help workers upgrade their skills and help businesses fill their jobs with local talent.

The workforce development council, known as WorkForce Central, uses the funds to provide career counseling, skill assessments, job-search assistance and training to laid-off workers, low-income adults, low-income or disadvantaged young people, and other workers. The services are available through local WorkSource employment centers and affiliated sites.

September 2011
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