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February 2017

02/28/17

New exec for Chehalis casino/hotel

After more than two decades, John Setterstrom has left Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel, where he has been general manager. CFO Lisa Miles will serve as interim GM, while a search is conducted.

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02/28/17

Military spouse network adds Tacoma business education event

The National Military Spouse Network has announced its inaugural Roadshow, including an event in Tacoma designed to educate military spouses on employment, small business and transitioning from military to civilian life.

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02/28/17

CFO tapped as interim CEO of Lucky Eagle Casino

Lisa Miles is the interim CEO of Lucky Eagle Casino, named to the post by the Chehalis Tribe after the departure of former CEO John Setterstrom.

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02/28/17

FDIC: Positive 2016 Q4 for banking industry

Banks and savings institutions insured by the FDIC enjoyed a strong quarter during 2016’s Q4, seeing an aggregate net income of $43.7 billion.

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02/28/17

Tacoma's Cornerstone Building sold to Olympia firm

Another historic building in downtown Tacoma has changed hands, as Regence Blue Shield has announced the sale of the Cornerstone Building to Olympia’s Berschauer Group.

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02/27/17

Infoblox to double size of Tacoma operation

Bay Area-based Infoblox, which acquired Tacoma cybersecurity company IID last year, has announced the expansion of its operation in the City of Destiny.

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02/27/17

BECU employees work for neighborhoods

Largest credit union in the state shares its record of charitable giving and membership growth for 2016.

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02/27/17

‘Sustainability’ to be featured Saturday

Living and working more sustainably is the focus of an annual Tacoma event this coming weekend.

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02/27/17

Port’s bond rating improves

The fiscal management by Port of Olympia has impressed investment advisors to the point that they have raised the credit rating on bonds.

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02/24/17

Fiat Chrysler recognizes two South Sound dealerships

Fiat Chrysler has announced that two South Sound dealerships have earned certification as Customer First Award for Excellence Winners in 2017.

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02/24/17

Red Cross celebrates 100 years in Lewis County

The American Red Cross is launching a year-long centennial celebration to mark 100 years of operation in Lewis County, starting next month.

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02/24/17

Tacoma General first in region with new brain surgery tech

MultiCare’s Tacoma General Hospital has become the first hospital in the South Sound to debut a new, minimally invasive surgical device to help doctors stem bleeding in the brain.

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02/24/17

EPA funds local enviro training

Continuing a program that began with President George W. Bush's administration and continued through the Obama years, President Trump's EPA chief today funded South Sound training for pollution cleanup jobs.

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02/23/17

WA Insurance Commissioner disputes GOP claims on ACA

Recent claims by Washington state Congressional Republicans about the Affordable Care Act ignore significant consumer gains, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said today, citing three key findings by his office.

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02/23/17

Expanded hours for Thurston County PAC

The Thurston County Permit Assistant Center will expand its hours beginning on March 1.

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02/23/17

Employer registration for JobFest open

Employer registration is now open for JobFest, the largest young adult job fair in Washington.

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02/23/17

Robbins to serve as interim CEO of Columbia

Columbia Bank has announced that Hadley S. Robbins, the company’s executive vice president and COO, has been appointed interim CEO following the unexpected passing of Melanie Dressel.

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02/22/17

New executive director at Olympia Downtown Association

The Olympia Downtown Association has a new executive director: Todd Cutts.

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02/22/17

Nonprofit study paints bleak child care picture

A nonprofit’s study is claiming that Washington’s child care and early learning system is currently under tremendous strain — a result of years of low state subsidy reimbursement rates coupled with the effects of the recession and the newly increased minimum wage.

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02/22/17

Strickland, other mayors urge Congress to consider ACA repeal impact

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has joined mayors across the country in urging federal lawmakers to consider the consequences of repealing Obamacare.

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02/21/17

‘Where, or where, to park’

The future plan for parking in downtown Olympia will be formed from public input, including a new online survey.

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02/21/17

Another acquisition for Kidder

Regional commercial real estate leader Kidder Mathews continues an expansion into Southern California.

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02/21/17

Tacoma promoted for small conventions

Travel industry observers nationally are finally noticing what the South Sound can deliver to smaller conventions and corporate meetings.

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02/21/17

South Sound mourns leader’s death

Members of her local community as well as industry associates from across the country are remembering Melanie Dressel today as a unique talent, who will be greatly missed.

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02/21/17

Bank CEO’s passing being absorbed

The dynamic executive leader of regional powerhouse Columbia Bank passed away suddenly late Sunday. Her family and hundreds of employees, along with thousands who felt her passion for community are in mourning.

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02/20/17

Executive moves of note

Newly announced executive leaders are named for several organizations in the South Sound.

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02/20/17

City of Tacoma credit rating improves

Paying close attention to fiscal matters is being credited by Tacoma municipal financiers for an improved rating on outstanding bonds owed by the City.

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02/20/17

Analysts say commute times will drop

Thanks to more funding provided by voters and vehicle owners, the experts are predicting that commuting times in the Puget Sound region will be improving in the years ahead.

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02/20/17

Sound Transit riders up, ST taxes, too

Regional transportation operators report almost one-quarter more passengers rode Sound Transit vehicles last year than in 2015. And much higher taxes are now being collected to expand the system.

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02/17/17

Auburn companies move to ‘healthiest’ city

Merchants and other businesses in Auburn are joing with city leaders to sponsor tomorrow's Healthy Auburn Resource Expo.

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02/17/17

From SSBiz: Help wanted, bring hammer

Construction firms in the South Sound are finding it difficult to hire the number of skilled workers they need to respond to all the building projects coming to market.

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02/17/17

Kudos for TruBlue execs

Local executives are being recognized internationally by their industry association groups for leadership and accomplishments over time.

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02/17/17

Ecology levies $380,900 in fines last quarter

Almost $400,000 in penalties for environmental infractions last quarter came from the state Department of Ecology.

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02/17/17

4 firms honored by Chamber

The annual meeting for the chamber of commerce serving northern Pierce County included awards to four separate business members.

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02/16/17

Puget Sound ports may add ‘inland’ ops

In an effort to help farmers in Eastern Washington to deliver their perishable crops to global customers more reliably, Puget Sound maritime ports are reportedly exploring some expansion across the Cascades.

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02/16/17

NFIB seeks to kill I-1433 ‘sick leave’

Small business representatives, retailers and some farm industry organizations are challenging the state mandate for all employers to pay sick leave starting Jan. 1, 2018.

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02/16/17

Paid sick leave rules developing

Election results decided that all workers in Washington are entitled to get paid sick leave, but it is up to the rule-making process at state Dept. of Labor & Industries to translate that mandate into specifics the employers can put in place.

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02/16/17

CHI Franciscan adds Virginia Mason

Another South Sound medical services provider is affiliating its way into the larger King County marketplace with a combination announced today.

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02/16/17

Orion leader is Exec of Year

Kudos continue to arrive at Orion Industries in Auburn, this time for its CEO, who is Aerospace Executive of the Year.

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02/15/17

Northwest small business owners confident about economy

Small business owners across the Pacific Northwest are more confident about the national and local economies this year — at least according to a recent survey released today by Union Bank.

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02/15/17

City of Tacoma recognized for financial reporting

The City of Tacoma has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States for its comprehensive annual financial report.

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02/15/17

Trident Seafoods lease on Port's Friday agenda

Friday’s Port of Tacoma meeting is headlined by the second reading of a request to enter into a new 20-year lease with Trident Seafoods.

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02/15/17

Teens to face off in cooking, restaurant management competition

Future master chefs and entrepreneurs are going head-to-head — both in the kitchen and the board room — at the 2017 Washington ProStart Invitational.

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02/14/17

Man sentenced for laundering from Grays Harbor company

The manager of a Hoquiam wood shavings company was sentenced today to three years in prison for 13 federal felonies stemming from his theft of $1.3 million from the business.

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02/14/17

Seattle investment firm acquires Lakewood apartments

Seattle investment company Security Properties has purchased Beaumont Grand, a 267-unit, Class B multifamily property in Lakewood.

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02/14/17

Corrections employees push for reforms in Olympia

More than 200 Teamsters working for the Department of Corrections, along with their families and supporters, met in Olympia today to push for wage reforms.

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02/14/17

Thurston Green Business applications now open

Applications to become a Thurston Green Business are now open at the Thurston County Chamber.

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02/13/17

TPC Chamber's WorkWell Award winners named

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce has named its 2017 WorkWell Award winners.

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02/13/17

Coffee chain celebrating Valentine's with nonprofit donations

Dutch Bros Coffee is again turning Valentine’s Day into Dutch Luv Day.

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02/10/17

Celebrity Cake duo brings two new companies to Tacoma

Odette D’Aniello and Mary Ann Quitugua, the duo behind Tacoma’s Celebrity Cake Studio, are bringing a pair of new businesses to the city.

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02/10/17

Study: Most manufacturing jobs lost to productivity gains

While the United States has lost millions of manufacturing jobs over the years, a new report says the vast majority of those were lost due to productivity gains, not outsourcing or trade.

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02/10/17

Thurston EDC launches business lenders' network

The Thurston Economic Development Council’s Center for Business and Innovation announced today the launch of the Thurston Investment Network — or ThINK, for short.

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02/10/17

Tourism marketing bills advance in Legislature

Washington's Legislature continues to consider a proposal for a new statewide tourism marketing program this week, with two bills supporting the program making their way through committee.

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02/09/17

150,000 unauthorized regional residents

As the national conversation includes possible federal government action against immigrants without proper documentation, new data analysis shows there are many in western Washington.

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02/09/17

Tacoma apartments index still strong

Nothing that happened last month changed the very strong Tacoma apartments marketplace, as reflected in a new report today.

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02/09/17

Thurston names County Manager

Promoting from within was the solution for Thurston County commissioners seeking to hire a new County Manager.

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02/09/17

‘Hands off our unions,’ members say

A large crowd of labor union members packed a legislative hearing room this week to speak against proposed "Right-to-Work" legislation being considered by the Senate.

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02/09/17

State proud of ‘Good To Go’ results

More and more cars and trucks are paying to travel the state's highways and toll bridges, bringing a big increase in collections. Tacoma Narrows take is up about 12 percent year-over-year.

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WSECU teams up with Hands On Children's Museum

02/08/17

WSECU teams up with Hands On Children's Museum

WSECU — the hometown headquartered credit union — presented a $1 million gift to Olympia's award-winning Hands On Children's Museum today to launch a new program for early learning throughout the South Sound.

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02/08/17

Puyallup construction company a "severe violator"

A Puyallup construction company now faces a hefty fine after repeated safety violations that exposed workers to various hazards at an Olympia construction site.

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02/08/17

$735 million in Q4 revenue for TrueBlue

TrueBlue, Inc. today announced its 2016 fourth quarter results, including a revenue of $735 million.

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02/07/17

Washington among states least affected by Mexico trade strife

With Donald Trump issuing an executive order from the Oval Office to construct a border wall between the United States and Mexico, much attention has been paid to the ramifications of a potential “trade war” between the two countries.

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02/07/17

Edgewood truck company switching to LNG fuel

Add Edgewood-based drayage truck operator Castan, Inc., to the budding list of businesses converting to LNG fuel.

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02/07/17

Tacoma seeking partners for social enterprise

The City of Tacoma has issued a request for interest to partner on a social enterprise in a 1,500-square-foot commercial space at 5401 South Tacoma Way.

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02/07/17

Dept. of Labor awards funds for transitioning JBLM personnel

A supplemental award of $2 million has been granted to provide reemployment services to transitioning personnel at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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02/06/17

Legislature addresses labor this week

Committees of the state legislature are studying proposals focused on government workers this week, drawing a daily visit from union representatives.

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02/06/17

From Houston to Tacoma, Lady G has plans

The star of Super Bowl LI half-time show is coming to Tacoma later this year, and you will want to jump on tickets next week, to assure you get the best seats.

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02/06/17

Home sales still exceeding listings

The new year showed uncharacteristically high activity in the residential real estate market, at least compared to several years ago, though not unlike 2016.

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02/06/17

Snow reduces business significantly

Mother Nature perhaps needed an extra day to recover from Sunday's spectacular Super Bowl over-time finish, so she dished up a hefty dose of winter weather today.

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02/03/17

Co-founders of Tumwater fair trade company to be honored

Olowo-n'djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde, co-founders of Tumwater-based body care manufacturer Alaffia, will be honored in Los Angeles next week for helping alleviate poverty in West Africa and around the world.

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02/03/17

Kitsap County lumber company sold

Investment firm Homewood Holdings LLC has acquired Evergreen Lumber Inc., a building materials dealer based in Port Orchard.

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02/03/17

DuPont software company debuts new app

DuPont’s Alliance Enterprises, Inc., has announced the release of a new mobile app — a free companion to the company’s Web-based subscription software designed to help businesses manage their goals.

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02/03/17

Temporary service change to Sounder south line

A few Pierce County Sounder stations will be left off of south line train routes in mid-February to accommodate the second phase of work on Sound Transit’s Tacoma Trestle Track & Signal Project.

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02/02/17

Washingtonians flock to Healthplanfinder

More than 225,000 people used Washington Healthplanfinder to select qualified health plans — a 13 percent increase over last year’s total.

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02/02/17

Tacoma's The Blue Octopus coming to Point Ruston

Spaceworks is bringing another creative business to Tacoma, this time to Pont Ruston.

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02/02/17

Economist sees good ahead, unless …

A long-time South Sound economist, Lynn Michaelis, Ph.D., offered an outlook for the region and the nation that shows lots of 'blue skies' ahead.

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