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Blog watch: Awards, 'We are One' and a Blockbuster deal

The Live Wire has your invitation to the upcoming Tahoma Environmental Business Award banquet.

Find out more about the "We are One" week of action at OlyBlog.

April 2011
Ditch your desk

Ditch your desk

Supporters of National Start! Walking day delivered a catchy message today to South Sound employers and employees alike: Ditch your desk.

The American Heart Association, and its local chapter organized an informal walk this morning for companies and groups at Wright Park in Tacoma. About 40 people showed up and other local employers held private walking events to encourage their employees to participate.

April 2011

February jobless numbers fall compared to 2010

Unemployment rates were lower in February than a year earlier in 308 of the 372 metropolitan areas, including Olympia and Tacoma, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The jobless rate in Olympia fell from 9.5 percent during February 2010 to 8.9 percent. However, the rate inched upward from 8.5 percent during January. Tacoma's unemployment rate was 10.6 percent, down from 11.6 percent a year earlier but up from 10.1 percent in January.

April 2011

Sound Physicians honored for innovation, leadership

Sound Physicians has received the Doyle Award for Innovation and Leadership in Healthcare from Milliman Care Guidelines LLC.

Tacoma-based Sound Physicians has about 500 doctors working at more than 45 hospitals around the country and uses the "Care Guidelines" as a key component to support its High-Impact Diagnoses Initiative.

April 2011

38th Street ramp closing for remainder of SR 16 project

The on-ramp from 38th Street to northbound Interstate 5 and State Route 16 will close April 18 as crews continue rebuilding the Nalley Valley Viaduct. The ramp will remain closed until the project is completed this summer.

A signed detour will reroute drivers to 56th Street.

April 2011

Hotel numbers better for Thurston, Lewis than Tacoma, Pierce

Hotel occupancy rates were mixed during February compared to a year ago in the South Sound, according to the latest Trends in the Hotel Industry Report from Wolfgang Rood Hospitality Consulting.

The occupancy rate for Tacoma and Pierce County was 62.5 percent, down 9.5 percent from 69.1 percent during 2010. Rates in southwest Washington, which includes Thurston and Lewis counties were up 2.5 percent, rising from 60.5 percent to 62 percent.

April 2011

West Coast Bank planning new Tacoma office

West Coast Bank has begun plans for its newest commercial banking office in downtown Tacoma at 717 Pacific Ave., next to The Matador. Tacoma-based McGranahan Architects has been chosen to design the facility.

West Coast Bancorp is a Northwest bank holding company with $2.5 billion in assets, operating 65 locations in Oregon and Washington.

April 2011

Around the Sound

Thurston County Chamber of Commerce is hosting Morning MIXXer at 7:30 a.m. April 5 at Panera Bread, 2525 Capitol Mall Drive, Olympia. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for general admission. Call (360) 357-3362 for more information.

The Tacoma World Affairs Council will present "Understanding the Middle East in a Time of Transition" from 4 to 7 p.m. April 5. Steve Niva, professor of Middle East studies at The Evergreen State College is the featured speaker.  The program is open to the public, although it is designed for teachers. Click here for more information.

Kent Chamber of Commerce is hosting a membership luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6 at Meridian Valley Country Club, 24830 136th Ave. SE. Full lunch is $20; soup and salad is $12. Click here for more information.

April 2011

South 72nd Street Winco on track for summer opening

Tacoma's first Winco discount grocer, at 1913 S. 72nd St. in the Tacoma Place shopping center's 103,000-square-foot former home furnishings store, is scheduled to begin business soon.

Although no official grand-opening date has been set, the company is targeting mid-June to open its doors.

April 2011

Security Properties acquires Tacoma apartment complex

Security Properties Inc. has acquired the 69,000-square-foot mixed-use Chelsea Heights apartments in Tacoma.

As part of a new joint venture equity partnership with New York-based Real Estate Capital Partners, Security Properties purchased the building for $15 million in an off-market Real Estate Owned deal with a Seattle area bank.

April 2011
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