Archive of: Tacoma

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Project management courses in demand

Because of increased demand, the University of Washington Tacoma KeyBank Professional Development Center is adding two sessions of the Project Management Certificate program to its roster this summer.

The curriculum covers every stage of project development: from planning and cost control, to recovery of over-budget and behind-schedule runaways, to post-project review and assessment.

April 2010

Tacoma seeks teaching artists for mural training program

Experienced mural painters are needed to teach in a summer Mural Art Training Program pilot for the City of Tacoma's Community Based Mural Program.

Selected artists will teach a series of summer workshops to groups of artists and also will guide the design of outdoor murals in partnership with local community groups.

April 2010

Around the Sound

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber is hosting its Good Morning! Power Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. April 27 at the Best Western Tacoma Dome Hotel, 2611 East E St. There will be recognition of four nominees, the annual presentation of the Tahoma Business Environmental Award and a keynote presentation by Alan Hardcastle, Ph.D., Washington State University's Extension Energy Program. The cost is $15 for Ambassors, $30 for members prepaid, and $35 for non-members and walk-ins. Register online or contact Janice Hutchins at (253) 627-2175.

The Lacey Chamber of Commerce's 5:01 Surge! is scheduled for 5:01 to 7 p.m. April 29 at FastSigns, 4127 Pacific Ave. SE. RSVP to

April 2010

Health of sediments in Commencement Bay improving

Sediment samples the state Department of Ecology has collected from the bottom of Commencement Bay show signs of improved environmental health compared to samples from identical locations nearly 10 years ago.

The findings come from a just-released Ecology study, "Urban Waters Initiative, 2008: Sediment Quality in Commencement Bay."

April 2010

Umpqua Holdings earns $9.7 million during Q1

Umpqua Holdings Corp., the parent company of Umpqua Bank and Umpqua Investments Inc., reported first quarter 2010 net income of $9.7 million, compared to a net loss of $15.2 million for the same period a year ago. 

Including preferred stock dividends paid of $12.2 million, the net loss available to common shareholders for the first quarter of 2010 was $2.5 million, or 3 cents per diluted common share, compared to a net loss available to common shareholders of $18.4 million, or 31 cents per diluted common share, for the same period in the prior year.

April 2010

Around the Sound

The Centralia Downtown Association is hosting Girls Night out in Downtown Centralia from 4 to 9 p.m. April 24. The cost is $5 and participants will receive a goodie bag and a "passport" listing participating businesses and their event specials. For more information, contact Rebecca Staebler at (360) 736-1517.

Saint Martin's University will host the fifth annual Dragon Boat Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25 at Port Plaza in downtown Olympia. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will feature 24 teams and is expected to draw 4,000 spectators. Click here for more information, or call Haley Thompson at (360) 438-4598.

April 2010

People on the Move

Doug Walker, owner of Walker Photography in Olympia, has received six award from the Professional Photographers of Washington. They include: Commercial Photographer of the Year for 2010, first place honors for Best Architectural Image and Best Pictorial Image, the Roger Dudley Trophy for the Best Overall Commercial Entry, the Kenmore Camera - Canon Honor Award for excellence in image making, and honorable mention in the advertising/illustration category.

Neel Parikh, executive director of the Pierce County Library System, has received the Sullivan Award for the Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children from the American Library Association. Parikh is a founding member and chair of the Early Learning Public Library Partnership, which is focused on early learning movement in Washington. She has been the executive director of Pierce County Library since 1994.

April 2010

Port intermodal volumes increase 20 percent in March

The Port of Tacoma's intermodal rail volumes for March were up 20 percent compared to March 2009.
The port's four intermodal rail yards handled a combined total of 30,716 lifts and experienced increases in both international and domestic container volumes. This was the highest monthly intermodal volume at the port during the last 18 months. 

April 2010

TrueBlue has first quarter net loss

Labor Ready's parent company, TrueBlue Inc., today reported a net loss of $2.3 million or 5 cents per diluted share for the first quarter of 2010, compared to a net loss of $5.3 million or 12 cents per diluted share one year ago.
Revenue for the quarter was $240 million, an increase of 7 percent compared to revenue of $224 million for the first quarter of 2009.

April 2010

Blog watch: Taxes, free market and Wayzgoose

WashACE Blog provides an overview of the legislative tax package compiled by the Washington Research Council.

Check out the OlyBlog for information about the latest happenings in Olympia, including the "First really really free market of the season."

April 2010
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