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December 2013

12/31/13

Reminder: Minimum wage up on Jan. 1

Washington's minimum wage will increase to $9.32 per hour beginning Jan. 1, as announced in September by the Department of Labor & Industries.

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12/31/13

Local developer purchases Olympia building

Enterprise Services on December 30 finalized the sale of the state-owned 600 Franklin Street building and property in downtown Olympia to a local businessman and developer.

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12/30/13

Highway 16 disruptions planned

Beginning 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, crews will begin the process of relocating eastbound SR 16 traffic from a temporary viaduct per Nalley Valley onto the new permanent viaduct near I-5.

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12/30/13

Agency links to ‘save local radio’ campaign

Washington State Commission of African American Affairs today spread the appeal for “survival funding” to benefit Kris Bennett Broadcasting Inc., owner of 1560 KZIZ radio station licensed to Sumner-Tacoma and two other signals.

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12/30/13

New population estimates growing

The Census Bureau today projected that the United States population will be 317,297,938. This is an increase of 0.7 percent from New Year’s Day 2013.

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12/30/13

Community Foundation granted $264k in 2013

Community Foundation of South Puget Sound awarded $110,000 in grants to 22 Thurston County nonprofits during its fall 2013 grant round. Over the past year, The Foundation has awarded over $264,000 in grants to Thurston County groups. In addition grants of more than $126,000 were awarded in Lewis and Mason Counties.

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12/30/13

State Audit on biz permits released

A newly published performance audit suggests that those applying for business permits -- and even the state agencies charged with processing them -- frequently do not know how long it will take to get an answer.

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12/27/13

South Sound Resource book published

The popular “book of lists” publication by Business Examiner Media Group was distributed earlier this week to subscribers.

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12/27/13

New COO for Atlas’ moving empire

Atlas International, which serves many Joint Base Lewis McChord relocations, has named Jim Gaw its new president and chief operating officer effect January 1st.

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12/27/13

'Bad gases’ down measurably in Tacoma

Tacoma’s Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability reports the city exceeded community-wide goals for the reduction of emissions at least 15 percent by the end of 2012. Per person emissions were down by 27 percent when measured one year ago.

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12/27/13

State Medicaid adds 27k from Pierce

The release of new enrollees by Washington’s HealthPlanFinder exchange shows 26,950 Pierce County residents have joined the coverage program since Oct. 1st. Statewide, Washington Apple Health (the marketing brand for Medicaid or government sponsored health coverage) added the vast majority (78 percent) of the 302,030 new enrollments reported by the state Health Care Authority.

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12/27/13

Sale of Olympia's Bagel Brothers finalized

The sale of Olympia restaurant Bagel Brothers has been finalized, according to longtime — and now former — owner Marc Feigen.

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12/26/13

Tacoma Goodwill expects big donor week

The Tacoma Goodwill is expecting to be busy this weekend. The days between Christmas and New Year's, according to the nonprofit, make up its largest donation week of the year.

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12/26/13

Franciscan celebrates 7-year-old's fundraising effort

Franciscan Health System has recognized the heartwarming efforts of a 7-year-old Olympia boy who did his part to fight breast cancer.

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12/26/13

New CEO for Sound Banking

Ben Noble has been tapped as the new CEO and president of Tacoma's Sound Banking Company.

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12/26/13

Kent office complex newest area buy for Unico

Jones Lang LaSalle Capital Markets in Seattle has recently completed the sale of The Creeksides at Centerpoint, an office complex located in Kent.

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12/23/13

From BE: 2013 in Review

In today’s bi-weekly Business Examiner edition, our Content Team looks back “Tracking the Year 2013 by the Numbers” and words.

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12/23/13

Two local business leaders to D.C.

Propel Insurance President and CEO Kurt Carlson accompanied Tom Pierson, president and CEO of Tacoma Pierce County Chamber to a White House meeting last Thursday.

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12/23/13

New Federal Way mayor names team

Incoming mayor Jim Ferrell announced today that he is retaining the City of Federal Way’s current management team, while making an important addition.

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12/23/13

New owner for Gig Harbor building

Family-owned Grindstone Management LLC has acquired the building and property at 7804 Pioneer Way in Gig Harbor, located in the Historic Downtown Business District.

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12/23/13

Chuckals family feeds families

Chuckals Office Products in Tacoma has again supported the annual “Friends of the Holidays”’ event to help provide a complete turkey dinner with all the fixings to Pierce County families in need.

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12/23/13

November jobless, little changed

County unemployment rates and jobs data came out this morning from the Employment Security Department, and there isn’t much change in the non-seasonally adjusted data for the more populous South Sound communities.

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12/23/13

Only two So. Sound pollution fines

Washington Department of Ecology issued $283,166 in penalties of $1,000 or more in the third quarter ended Sept. 30. But only two assessments were reported from the six county South Sound region.

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12/20/13

No unemployment tax for corp. officers

Washington state’s Department of Employment Security has now decided that corporations will not have to pay taxes to cover corporate officers.

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12/20/13

Fitch affirms MultiCare's AA- rating

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the AA- rating on MultiCare's outstanding debt, with a rating outlook of stable. According to Fitch, the health system had $894 million in debt Sept. 30, with 74% at fixed rate and 26% at variable interest rates.

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12/20/13

Freighthouse Square Xmas comes early

Tacoma's Freighthouse Square is calling all neighboring merchants and residents to celebrate the “Weekend Before Christmas” tomorrow (Saturday) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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12/20/13

Providence Christmas Forest sets record

The 26th annual Christmas Forest, benefiting Olympia’s Providence St. Peter Foundation, raised a record $626,000 earlier this month.

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12/20/13

New bank CEO named

Denise Portmann has been named president and chief executive officer at Bank of the Pacific effective January 1, 2014.

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12/20/13

2013 was so-so for state, study says

Overall, Washington state’s performance was slightly negative this year, as measured by 42 different benchmarks. But so was the rest of the country.

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12/19/13

Pierce County Ferry fares to go up

Fares to ride the Pierce County Ferry will increase by 3 percent in 2014 and again in 2015 across all rider categories except for youth.

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12/19/13

Port of Olympia loads 1,000 rail car of the year

The Port of Olympia announced today that it loaded its 1,000th rail car of the year this week, an all-time high for the facility.

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12/19/13

First female president for MBA Pierce County

The Master Builders Association of Pierce County recently inducted its 2014 Executive Committee and Board of Directors, including its first female president, Laureen Skrivan of Wren & Willow, Inc.

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12/19/13

Pop Gourmet to expand into Middle East market

Pop Gourmet is capping a year marked with a 300 percent jump in domestic sales with another milestone: the Kent-based popcorn company announced this week that it will be expanding into new international markets, beginning with the Middle East.

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12/19/13

WTC Tacoma's Hemstad to depart for WTC SF

A new beginning in the Bay Area comes at the expense of World Trade Center Tacoma. The organization's president and CEO, Anthont Hemstad, will be departing to become the first president of the new World Trade Center San Francisco.

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12/18/13

Unemployment rate down; jobs decline, too

After a slight increase related to the federal shutdown in October, Washington’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined again in November, to an estimated 6.8 percent.

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12/18/13

Development rights retired on land near Yelm

The nonprofit Northwest Rangeland Trust has closed on a conservation easement on 142 acres of agricultural land in Thurston County.

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12/18/13

Labor Dept. grants funds to support JBLM transitions

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $5,586,385 National Emergency Grant to assist approximately 900 transitioning military personnel at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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12/18/13

UPS alum, professor set to release video game

A University of Puget Sound alumnus and his former business professor will launch their crowdfunded video game app tomorrow, with the duo hoping that the stealth-action offering will catch on with the mobile gaming public.

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12/18/13

Federal Way affordable housing project gets funds

Multi-Service Center's Veterans' Housing Project in Federal Way is receiving $323,964 in Affordable Housing Program funds from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle.

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12/17/13

Allenmore's 'Great Heart Program' recognized

Tacoma General Hospital/Allenmore, part of MultiCare Health System, has been named to Becker's Hospital Review's list of "100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs." The list, according to Becker's, details facilities with programs "demonstrating excellent clinical outcomes, cutting-edge research, cardiac risk-reduction programs and an innovative approach to cardiac care." Hospitals were selected by the magazine based on quality of care, clinical awards and research contributions to the field. MultiCare Regional Heart and Vascular Center, affiliated with Tacoma General/Allenmore, was praised by Becker's for opening the first cardiac catheterization lab in the region, as well as being the first local hospital to use a drug-coated stent....

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12/17/13

Gas falls, shelter rises, but CPI remains unchanged

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers was unchanged last month, with price increases in shelter and airline fares offset by decreases in other areas.

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12/17/13

Weyerhaeuser appoints Hunter to senior VP role

Weyerhaeuser has announced the appointment of Rhonda Hunter as senior vice president of Timberlands effective Jan 1.

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12/17/13

ESD: Job vacancies expected to double

A survey by the state's Employment Security Department shows that Washington employers reported they expect to nearly double their job openings by spring of next year.

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12/17/13

Franciscan COO appointed to lead Nebraska system

Cliff Robertson, MD, COO of Franciscan Health System, has accepted the position of senior vice president and market CEO for the Catholic Health Initiatives Nebraska Network.

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12/16/13

Labor calls 777X pressure ‘disrespectful’

A statement released today by Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, seems to rebuff public posturing by elected officials who urged the Machinists union to allow members to vote on a recent Boeing offer.

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12/16/13

Learn how, when to pay Kent B&O

The city of Kent will host a free training workshop on the city’s Business and Occupation Tax (B&O) Wednesday, Jan. 15

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BLOG: 100,000 miles on 0 gallons

12/16/13

BLOG: 100,000 miles on 0 gallons

Steve Marsh lives in Kent and works at near Shelton, so his daily commute is some 130 miles. An economical model was definitely in his sights back in early 2011 when he was shopping for a new car.

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12/16/13

New VW dealer open in Olympia

Lewis County’s I-5 Auto ownership group is now operating Volkswagen of Olympia at Capital Auto Mall. There will eventually be up to 30 new jobs created at the dealership.

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12/16/13

Chehalis firm wins Kalama rail work

Port of Kalama board of commissioners have awarded a contract for rail expansion and relocation at the Columbia River port’s Temco LLC site, which also has an operation in Tacoma.

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12/16/13

Business groups seek court review

National Federation of Independent Business joined Association of Washington Business and others late Friday in asking the State Supreme Court to overrule a lower court’s decision.

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12/13/13

Refunds coming for some service deals

Washington state’s Attorney General joined three other state attorneys general today in announcing that approximately 19,000 consumers nationwide will share more than $9.3 million to compensate them for their problems with U.S. Fidelis.

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12/13/13

Producer Price Index down a bit

The Producer Price Index for finished goods edged down 0.1 percent in November, seasonally adjusted, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report issued today.

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12/13/13

Second quarter sales up 10% in Pierce

Taxable retail sales statewide jumped 8.3 percent in the second quarter of 2013 ended June 30, compared to the same three-month period of 2012.

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12/13/13

Lakewood MultiCare Clinic moving

Patients headed for the MultiCare Lakewood Clinic Family Practice and Urgent Care on Monday need to note a new address.

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12/13/13

LeMay stops Thurston garbage collections

Business and residential customers of LeMay Inc. refuse and recycling collection services may go without pick-ups for a few days because of county road restrictions.

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12/13/13

Boeing growing in Charleston

Boeing announced today that it will begin construction in the second half of 2014 on a new paint facility on its main campus in North Charleston, S.C. It also gained access to another 468 acres for potential future expansion.

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Economic Forecast panel: PAC 5 collaboration is key

12/12/13

Economic Forecast panel: PAC 5 collaboration is key

The five-county Economic Viality Index experts panel at today's 2013 Regional Economic Forecast & Innovation Expo brought an array of bright news for the South Sound. Jeff Rounce, publisher and CEO of the Business Examiner Media Group, facilitated the discussion. On hand to talk about the individual economies in the South Sound were Michael Cade, executive director of the Thurston Economic Development Council; Dick Larman, executive director of the Lewis County EDC; Kristy Buck, Board Chair of the EDC of Mason County; Tim Gibbs, CEO of Greater Grays Harbor, Inc.; and Cathy Russ, executive director of the Pacific County EDC.

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12/12/13

Hexcel is Kent's Green Business of the Year

Hexcel Corporation has been named Green Business of the Year by the city of Kent.

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12/12/13

Roughly 4.6K in South Sound could lose unemployment

Roughly 25,000 jobless workers in Washington — including more than 4,600 from South Sound counties — will be shut off of unemployment benefits when the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program ends on Saturday, Dec. 28.

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12/12/13

Capital Mall confirms ownership change

Capital Mall officially released an announcement today confirming its new ownership. The Olympia shopping center is one of seven regional malls across the country that changed hands last month after the completion of a $1.6 billion acquisition by Starwood Capital Group.

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12/12/13

EDC Regional Economic Forecast event predicts slow, steady growth in 2014

Today's 2013 Regional Economic Forecast & Innovation Expo, presented by the PAC 5 Economic Development Councils, kicked off the 17th year of South Sound business leaders gathering to analyze current industry trends and examine economic forecasts for next year.

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12/11/13

Degree completion pact for Saint Martin's, TCC

Saint Martin's University and Tacoma Community College have entered into a partnership that allows TCC students access to Saint Martin's baccalaureate degree programs from their home campus.

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12/11/13

America's Car Museum adds to leadership

LeMay-America’s Car Museum has announced the appointment of Deirdre Evans as vice president for institutional advancement.

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12/11/13

TCH to sell The Language Bank to Seattle firm

The nonprofit Tacoma Community House has agreed to sell its interpretation and translation business to private Seattle-based firm Dynamic Language.

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12/11/13

Sale of NewWood to Port of Grays Harbor approved

The next step for the Port of Grays Harbor in acquiring the assets of former Satsop Business Park tenant NewWood Corporation was achieved earlier this week, when a judge approved the sale of the company’s manufacturing assets.

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12/11/13

Local development team announces The Proctor

The Proctor, a mixed-use center in one of Tacoma’s most unique business districts, got an official go-ahead this morning, with a roster of local residents and companies working toward the new building’s completion.

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12/10/13

Three to be recognized at Thurston Boss of the Year

Three of southwest Washington's best supervisors will be honored tomorrow when the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce awards its Boss of the Year recognition at a forum at Saint Martin's University.

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12/10/13

South Sounders leading United Ways

The trade association for 23 local United Way organizations in Washington state has chosen two Thurston County men for statewide leadership.

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12/10/13

State’s recycling rate stays +50%

Washington state’s recycling rate reached 50.1 percent in 2012, according to data reported today by Washington Department of Ecology. This was the second year in a row that the rate exceeded the 50 percent goal set by a 1989 Washington law. The national average was 34.7 percent the year earlier. Recycling in Washington continues to provide important environmental benefits. In 2012, recycling materials instead of sending them to landfills helped us avoid emitting 2.6 million tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Also, recycling saved enough energy to power 1.1 million homes for a year (nearly half the households in Washington). Positive headlines notwithstanding, the total amount of municipal solid waste recycled by state residents actually went down by...

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12/10/13

Boeing forecasts market realignment

Boeing released its seventh annual aircraft finance market forecast today, projecting a balanced funding picture for what is expected to be another record global jetliner production year in 2014.

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12/10/13

Few hikes in unemployment tax rates

Most of Washington employers will have lower or stable unemployment tax rates in 2014 compared to 2013, according to the state’s Employment Security Department.

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BLOG: Career change yields dividends for South Sound's Whatley

12/09/13

BLOG: Career change yields dividends for South Sound's Whatley

Real estate had always been a calling for Hawkins-Poe agent Stacia Whatley. Her professional path, however, began in Federal Way at the Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty.

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12/09/13

Regional car/truck sales remain strong

As the international automotive media reported on the newly designed Mustang model, dealers in the South Sound reported continuing strong sales.

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12/09/13

Seasonal ‘free’ parking coming to Olympia

Starting Thursday, City of Olympia parking enforcement officials will continue monitoring 2- and 3-hour limits downtown, but motorists will not need to pay the meters.

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12/09/13

December hiring surge unlikely

After getting off to its strongest start in 14 years, the pace of holiday hiring in November slipped below last year’s level, suggesting that retailers may be reining in expectations for a bountiful Christmas selling season.

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12/09/13

From BE: DuPont growing buildings, jobs

In today’s bi-weekly Business Examiner edition, read about new building projects in DuPont that will bring hundreds of new jobs early in 2014.

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12/06/13

Health Dept. loses $626k funding

Because of changes to a state contract, Tacoma-PC Health Department will see a $626,000 funding cut to its Family Support Center program in 2014.

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12/06/13

Centralia College studies diesel degree

The needs assessment study for a proposed Bachelor's of Applied Science in Diesel at Centralia College received endorsement to proceed from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges this week.

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12/06/13

Downtown merchants, city celebrate

Tacoma Downtown Merchants Group and Downtown Business Improvement Area invite the community to view Pacific Avenue Streetscape improvements tomorrow afternoon.

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12/06/13

Local firms will sponsor Lacey booms

Two local businesses have agreed to sponsor Lacey’s Independence Day celebrations for the next three years.

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12/06/13

Local bank robber sentenced

A Tacoma gang member was sentenced today to 13 years in prison for his role in a violent, take-over style bank robbery ring that struck in Tacoma and Lakewood in 2012

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12/05/13

Work begins to lift vessel from Hylebos

The DB General, a 700-ton crane barge, arrived on the Hylebos Waterway early this morning to prepare for lifting the 167-foot derelict vessel Helena Star today.

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12/05/13

Comcast Business announces Kent expansion

Comcast Business today announced an expansion of its high-speed broadband service to commercial areas in Kent. Citing pockets of the city as "underserved," the company said in a statement that local businesses will now have access to its Internet and Ethernet services, which can provide data transport at speeds of up to 10 Gbps. The expansion is currently under way and set to be completed in early 2014. “Kent has leading class companies that are competing globally for new business opportunities," said Mayor Suzette Cooke. "In today’s digital world, access to high-speed broadband is essential to ensuring they can continue to grow and prosper.” “While the Puget Sound region is known for its strong ties to the technology industry,...

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12/05/13

NFIB economist: Ho-hum hiring in small biz sector

Looking over November's job numbers, William C. Dunkelberg, chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Business, noted that hiring in the small business sector has been relatively flat.

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12/05/13

APP acquires Portland's Pioneer Oil

Tacoma's Associated Petroleum Products has made a move to expand Oregon operations with its acquisition of Pioneer Oil Co., based in Portland.

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12/04/13

Real estate market 'chugging along nicely' in western Wash.

Improving inventory, stabilizing prices, fewer short sales, and a healthy local economy are credited with keeping the real estate market “chugging along nicely” around western Washington, according to brokers with the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

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12/04/13

Private sector employment up in November

Private sector employment increased by 215,000 jobs from October to November, according to a report from national business services firm ADP, in collaboration with Moody's analytics.

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12/04/13

Flow reports fiscal 2014 Q2 results

Flow International Corporation, which manufactures industrial waterjet machines for cutting and cleaning applications, today reported results for its fiscal year 2014 second quarter, which ended on October 31. Flow reported revenues of $66.3 million for the quarter, compared to year-ago second quarter revenues of $67.0 million. Net income for the quarter was reported at $2.1 million or $0.04 per share, compared to net income of $2.1 million or $0.04 per share in the year-ago quarter. Standard segment sales, which include sales of systems that do not require significant custom configuration as well as parts and services for those installed systems, were $57.8 million for the quarter, down $5.4 million from $63.2 million in the year-ago quarter. However, advanced...

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12/03/13

S&P ups rating for City of Kent

Standard and Poor’s has upgraded Kent’s credit rating from “A+ with a negative outlook to AA- with a stable outlook,” noting it reflected the city’s improved financial standing.

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12/03/13

Washington to Washington on Obamacare

State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler will testify before the U.S. House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee tomorrow.

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12/03/13

New execs at TOTE

Michael Noone is the newly named chief operating officer at Federal Way’s Totem Ocean Trailer Express.

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BLOG: Stack Furniture moves closer to customers

12/03/13

BLOG: Stack Furniture moves closer to customers

While shoppers took to stores big and small around the Sound last weekend, Stack Furniture Solutions quietly opened its doors on 20th Street E. in Fife.

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12/03/13

Giving Tuesday after Cyber Monday

United Way of Lewis County is a part of this day of giving, and the first $2,000 in gifts it receives today -- Giving Tuesday -- will be matched.

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12/03/13

Tacoma to gain online B&O filing

File Local.org is an online multi-city business license and tax portal that was created through a cooperative effort by the cities of Tacoma, Seattle, Bellevue and Everett.

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12/02/13

Blog: Uptick on Small Business Saturday

While big box stores opened their doors on Thanksgiving, small businesses reaped the benefits of increased awareness of Small Business Saturday.

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Museum loses art sign to thief

12/02/13

Museum loses art sign to thief

Tacoma Art Museum has a $15.5 million expansion project underway and has decorated the surrounding construction fence with artful banners.

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12/02/13

Workers’ Comp rates up 2.7% for 2014

Increase of 2.7% for workers’ compensation insurance premiums next year announced today by state Department of Labor and Industries.

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YMCA project at UWT begins

12/02/13

YMCA project at UWT begins

Campus and community leaders gathered today at Tacoma's legacy Longshoreman Hall, the future home for a university-focused fitness facility and student center.

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12/02/13

Cyber Monday shopping warnings

Federal agents across the country today shut down more than 700 websites that were selling counterfeit sports and designer items.

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12/02/13

Fed. shut-down brings $$ to state

The federal shutdown in October helped raise Washington state’s unemployment rate enough to reactivate nine weeks of long-term unemployment benefits that were shut off in August.

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