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December 2017

12/29/17

Happy New Year – 2018

Monday welcomes a new year to the world, as Americans everywhere take a holiday to contemplate what lies ahead. This daily e-newsletter of local business headlines will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 2nd.

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12/29/17

WA leads the rest in Personal Income gains

Vesting stock options for Washington-based information technology employees helped the state lead the nation in third-quarter gains in Personal Income, according to a new federal analysis.

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Transit work progressing

12/29/17

Transit work progressing

Wanting to be proactive in informing taxpayers about their Sound Transit investments, the agency today released a year-end construction update.

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12/29/17

Employment trends for 2018

A growing need to hire collides with a shrinking pool of available new workers in the view of 2018 and beyond offered by this business futurist.

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12/29/17

Population facts to win party arguments

With a new year arriving Monday, you might be wondering how many Americans will be celebrating? Actually, the Census Bureau does not count revelers, but it does have a new projection for U.S. population.

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12/28/17

For 14th year in a row, Absher gives back with Holiday Lights

Absher Construction Company continued its annual holiday tradition on giving back with its 14th annual holiday lights event, when the firm’s employees packed and delivered 600 meals to local families.

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12/28/17

Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber reaching out after fire

A blaze at a Milton senior living complex has the Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber of Commerce reaching out to local businesses for help.

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12/27/17

Tacoma Arts Commission funds 19 projects

The Tacoma Arts Commission recently awarded $50,000 in Arts Projects funding to 19 Tacoma organizations in support of 2018 public outreach projects in various artistic fields.

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12/27/17

Charlie's Safari reopens at new location

Party and entertainment facility Charlie’s Safari, which closed spring of last year, is back with a new location in Hawks Prairie Village Mall.

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12/27/17

South Sound counties see slight jobless rate increases

Washington state’s Employment Security Department has released November county unemployment statistics (not seasonally adjusted), with the South Sound seeing jobless rates up in four counties.

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12/26/17

Taking the ‘long-term view’ of sales

With this slight pause in the normal frenetic pace of business between two major holidays, perhaps you have time to learn. And 'selling' is a key part of every enterprise, whether a private sector business or non-profit organization.

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12/26/17

Min. wages going up next week

With at most just one more pay day in 2017, most employers need to be finalizing compliance with higher minimum wages and mandatory sick leave provisions that take effect on January 1st.

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12/26/17

Housing demand seasonally softer

Somewhat tired from too few homes being offered, prospective home buyers took somewhat of a break last month, perhaps focusing on family holiday activities and other seasonal distractions.

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12/26/17

‘Amazing’ selling season meant long hours

Amazon workers in three South Sound fulfillment centers joined with seven others across the U.S. to set new records for Christmas shopping success this month.

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12/22/17

Bumper harvest from Christmas Forest

Greater Olympia gathered earlier this month at the Christmas Forest, a major fund-raiser for the foundation supporting Providence St. Peter Hospital.

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12/22/17

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

May you and ours thoroughly enjoy the blessings of this holiday season.

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12/22/17

’Thin’ network health plan responds

Refunds are coming to some Washington purchasers of national health plan. The money ($150,000) will be going to at least 476 consumers who purchased coverage from Coordinated Care Corp.

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Light rail details revealed

12/22/17

Light rail details revealed

With this week's initial beginning of design leading to eventual construction, details about the extension of Sound Transit light rail into Pierce County eventually reaching Tacoma Dome are becoming more clear.

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12/22/17

‘Green light’ for light rail to Tacoma

In action taken by the regional mass transit agency, the go-ahead was given to extend light rail train service from the Sea-Tac area to Federal Way and, eventually, Tacoma Dome station. It will be a long journey.

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12/21/17

Better economy, more drivers & traffic

The state's population is growing, as Washington's economy moves past pre-recessionary levels, and those two positive trends are combining to put more traffic congestion in front of drivers in many areas.

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12/21/17

World Vision nets $140K grant to help in India

Federal Way-based nonprofit World Vision has received a $140,000 two-year grant to provide its community health workers in India with cell phones.

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12/21/17

Puget Sound tops in West for Q3 exports

With a robust demand for new airliners, western Washington tops all other West Coast markets for dollar value of exports measured in the third-quarter.

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12/21/17

New interim leader for MDC agency

A Tacoma-based non-profit that serves youth, adults and families challenged by poverty is getting a new leader today, on an interim basis while a search if formed.

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12/21/17

State AG slaps Comcast, again

Investigation stemming from a 2016 lawsuit is now leading the state to increase its claims against the nation's cable TV provider for alleged violations of Washington state's Consumer Protection Act.

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12/20/17

South-bound 5 freeway gets 2 lanes today

Traffic flow will resume late this afternoon on the I-5 freeway south of DuPont, following successful removal of damaged passenger rail equipment from Monday's fatal derailment.

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12/20/17

Business reactions to Tax Reform vote

Companies large and small rolled out positive endorsements for today's Congressional action to stimulate the economy and reshuffle the allocation of which Americans pay federal taxes – and how much is the levy.

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12/20/17

AG goes after retailer that isn’t ‘charity’

Thrift stores in the retail marketplace often seem to be related to non-profit organizations, even when they aren't. State lawyers believe that confusion is intentional for at least one chain.

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12/20/17

Record sign-ups for state health program

More Washingtonians than ever signed up for the government administered health plan marketplace through its first deadline on Friday, Dec. 15.

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More jobs, more workers = stable jobless rate

12/20/17

More jobs, more workers = stable jobless rate

A growing supply of available workers is keeping Washington's unemployment rate from falling further, below its historic position.

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12/19/17

Governor adds to Bates board of trustees

Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Tony Anderson to serve on the Bates Technical College Board of Trustees. Anderson fills the position vacated by Karen Seinfeld, who concluded her nearly 13 years of tenure in September.

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12/19/17

Clover Park exec joins United Way board

Mabel Edmonds, vice president for Instruction at Clover Park Technical College, has been appointed to the United Way of Pierce County’s Board of Directors.

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12/19/17

AWB lauds judge for blocking Clean Air Rule

With a Thurston County judge blocking the state Department of Ecology’s Clean Air Rule from moving forward Friday, the Association of Washington Business has come out in support of the decision.

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12/19/17

REI adds to leadership team

Kent outdoor retail co-op REI has announced three recent hires to lead its teams in legal, information technology and REI Co-op Brands: Wilma Wallace, Christine Putur and Chris Speyer.

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12/18/17

Paid sick leave model policies

Even as their workforce may be heading into holiday slowdown mode, employers and their human resources personnel are making changes to paid sick leave policies.

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12/18/17

Medical practices connecting

Healthcare as an industry seems in constant change, and a merger announced today will link GI doctors from Olympia to Kirkland.

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12/18/17

DuPont derailment, detour opens

Highways and railway traffic remains snarled in the South Sound as transportation officials work on routes around the scene of a deadly Amtrak derailment this morning.

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Multiple fatalities in today’s train crash

12/18/17

Multiple fatalities in today’s train crash

Authorities have not yet released the number of persons killed in an Amtrak derailment just south of DuPont, but reports have been from three up to perhaps six. Pierce County Sheriff spokesman Ed Troyer said all victims were from the train.

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12/15/17

Major grant for Pierce youth training

Work-related education, training and counseling targeted to youth without college expectations will be funded from a major infusion of support announced today.

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12/15/17

Midnight count-down for Jan. 1 coverage

Individuals wanting to buy health insurance coverage for the new year have just a matter of hours left in their shopping window.

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12/15/17

Kent man charged in consumer scams

An unlicensed contractor is facing criminal charges in South King County, even as he already owes $84,000 in fines, unpaid employee wages and workers' compensation premiums.

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12/15/17

State fines health plan for thin network

A health plan without enough authorized medical providers is not much of a bargain, according to state insurance supervisors. That situation brought a $1.5 million fine announced today.

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12/15/17

Puyallup star is CRS Realtor of the Year

A South Sound residential real estate specialist is the top CRS broker in the state, so named by the Washington trade organization.

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12/14/17

Washington attorney general to challenge net neutrality repeal

Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced the he will file a legal challenge to the FCC for its decision today to roll back net neutrality regulations.

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12/14/17

Narrows Marina finishes rebuild of boat storage facility

Tacoma’s Narrows Marina has finished the rebuild of the Open Bay Boat Storage Facility, which needed restoration after a 2015 fire.

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12/14/17

AWB: Governor's proposed budget a 'starting point'

The Association of Washington Business has issued a statement from President Kris Johnson regarding Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed 2018 supplemental budget.

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12/13/17

With deadline looming, Exchange sees rush of insurance shoppers

With a truncated enrollment period nearing its end, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange is seeing a rush of new sign-ups and alerting customers who haven’t yet done so.

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12/13/17

Longtime leader at TrueBlue announces retirement

TrueBlue has announced that William Steele, who has served on the company’s board of directors for 17 years, is retiring effective Dec. 31.

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12/13/17

Thurston County tourism website nets award

Experience Olympia & Beyond, Thurston County’s visitor and convention bureau, has received a silver Davey Award for its new website, ExperienceOlympia.com.

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12/13/17

New Tacoma area office for Windermere Real Estate

Windermere Real Estate has opened a new Tacoma-area office, its fourth in and around the City of Destiny.

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12/12/17

Former Tacoma development head responds to dismissal

Ricardo Noguera, former director of community and economic development at the City of Tacoma, has released a response alleging wrongful termination after he was accused of unprofessional behavior and dismissed earlier this month.

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12/12/17

Innovation award for Olympia's QCash Financial

Olympia-based credit union service organization QCash Financial has been selected the winner of the Future of Fintech Innovation Award by the Financial Times trade publication.

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12/12/17

Survey suggests many foresee bigger bonuses this year

Results from a new survey from global staffing firm Robert Half may give workers nationwide some extra holiday cheer: More than half of senior managers expect year-end bonuses at their company to be higher than last year.

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12/12/17

New Tacoma Dome Amtrak station opens next week

A dedication for the new Amtrak Cascades Tacoma Dome station is set for Friday, just a few days before the new facility officially opens its doors to the public the following week.

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12/11/17

Gaffney Group acquires six area funeral homes

Six funerary facilities, including four in the South Sound, have been acquired by the Gaffney Group in Tacoma.

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12/11/17

Changes to faculty, programs at Pacific Lutheran University

The Board of Regents at Pacific Lutheran University has announced a slew of changes at the Tacoma school, including the elimination of faculty positions and changes to several academic programs.

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12/11/17

Thurston County Realtors raise nearly $30K for charity

The Thurston County Realtors Association has recently raised nearly $30,000 for local charities, efforts that were recognized at the trade organization’s Dec. 7 holiday luncheon.

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12/08/17

Five join board of directors at Goodwill

Five new members are joining the 17-member board of directors at Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region, bringing with them expertise in everything from retail to construction to financing.

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12/08/17

Engineering firm with Tacoma ties adds Portland office

Engineering firm PCS Structural Solutions, which already operates offices in Tacoma and Seattle, is adding a third Pacific Northwest location in Portland.

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12/08/17

Gig Harbor Brewing to open Gig Harbor taproom

Soon, Gig Harbor Brewing will be a misnomer no more.

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12/08/17

New unemployment tax rates released

Washington state’s Employment Security Department has issued 2018 unemployment tax rate notices to employers, with about 81 percent of employers either staying in the same rate class or moving into a lower one.

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12/07/17

MultiCare awards $500K in grants

MultiCare Health System has awarded grants totaling $500,000 to 58 local, not-for-profit organizations to support the growth and development of projects that improve our communities.

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12/07/17

Major employers list shows Pierce's top employers

The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County has published this year’s major employers list, revealing the companies in the county with the most workers.

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12/07/17

South counties talk economy at Forecast Summit

Baseball analogies were flying at the 2017 Economic Forecast Summit at Little Creek Casino.

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12/07/17

Economist: Marketplaces sound, but...

More than 300 South Sound business, community and economic development leaders gathered at Little Creek Hotel & Casino today for the annual Regional Forecast and Innovation Expo.

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12/06/17

Entrepreneurs remain positive for growth

A recent national survey start-up entrepreneurs and small business owners finds strong optimism for growth going into the first half of 2018.

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12/06/17

Major DaVita divestiture announced

National medical services provider DaVita has a number of offices and clinic locations in the South Sound, but it announced a plan today that will sell its Medical Group unit for $4.9 billion.

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12/06/17

Thurston pharmacy tech suspended

Alleged personal use of a controlled substance intended for a patient as well as alcohol impairment during work hours has cost a Thurston County pharmacy technician her credential to work.

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12/06/17

Learn about new Tacoma ’sick leave’ rules

Companies and organizations that have paid staff within Tacoma will have new employee mandates to follow come January 1st. The city is holding information meetings this month to share the rules.

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12/06/17

National buyer for Tacoma Electric

A 36-year-old Tacoma family business has been purchased by a national company that aggregates similar local operations, but there will remain a local ownership tie.

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12/05/17

New phone scam targets Washington businesses

The Washington Department of Revenue is warning businesses to be aware of a new telephone scam.

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12/05/17

Washington tops in small biz job growth

According to a newly released report from national HR company Paychex, Washington had the best one-month and three-month small business jobs growth rates among states.

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12/05/17

New seven-story condo building proposed in Olympia

A proposed development on Olympia's Columbia Street includes the construction of a seven-story building, featuring five floors of condominiums above two levels of parking and lobby space.

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12/04/17

10 years after Lewis County flood, documentary to premiere

A documentary about Lewis County's December 2007 flood will premiere tonight on TVW, Washington state's public affairs cable network.

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12/04/17

Thurston's Distinguished Leader Award honorees named

The honorees have been named for Leadership Thurston County and the Thurston County Chamber Foundation's 2018 Distinguished Leader Award.

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12/04/17

Grays Harbor's Westport Marina among tops in seafood

Westport Marina at the Port of Grays Harbor is among the top in the nation for commercial seafood landings.

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12/04/17

New COO at Commencement Bank

Commencement Bank has announced some key changes in its leadership, including the appointment of John Manolides as its new president and chief operating officer.

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12/01/17

South Sound companies take home AWB honors

A pair of South Sound companies are among the six winners at the Association of Washington Business' Evening of Excellence, held this past week at Seattle's Benaroya Hall.

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12/01/17

Rodin sculptures come to Tacoma's LeMay Collection

Pierces cast from foundry plasters created by renowned French sculptor Auguste Rodin — he of "The Thinker" fame — have found a new home in Tacoma.

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12/01/17

Record enrollment for University of Washington Tacoma

The University of Washington Tacoma enrolled a record number of students in autumn 2017, according to official census counts released by all three UW campuses.

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12/01/17

Port of Olympia, City of Lacey team to help entrepreneurs

Earlier this month, the Port of Olympia and City of Lacey entered into an interlocal agreement to help create economic development opportunities for small and emerging entrepreneurs seeking to develop and grow in Thurston County.

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