Jan 2, 201812:00 AMBlog

January 2018

01/23/18

Timberland Bank income up year-over-year

Timberland Bank has reported net income of $3.61 million for its first fiscal quarter, which ended Dec. 31, 2017.

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01/23/18

Tacoma AFWA to present discussion on A.I. and business

Will your job be here in 10 years, or do you need to develop new skills to stay relevant?

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01/23/18

Record sign-ups for Washington Healthplanfinder

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced today that more than 242,000 customers signed up for qualified health plans through Washington Healthplanfinder by the close of open enrollment on Jan. 15 – an 8 percent increase over the previous year.

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01/23/18

'Best year yet' for Washington Business Bank

Washington Business Bank has released its results for both 2017 and its fourth quarter, posting earnings of $551,000 at year’s end.

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01/22/18

Homestreet Bank reports growth in 2017

HomeStreet Bank has announced its year end and 2017 4Q results today, reporting a net income of $68.9 million in 2017.

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01/22/18

Stopgap bill ends federal shutdown, brings furloughed workers back

The three-day government shutdown has effectively ended, thanks to a stopgap bill that passed after GOP leaders in the Senate promised to consider legislation to protect young, undocumented immigrants enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

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01/22/18

Pierce WDC exec to chair Washington Workforce Association

The Washington Workforce Association has announced the three officers who will lead the organization in 2018-19, including one from the South Sound.

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01/22/18

Thurston realtors meet with legislators, talk priorities

Nearly 50 members of the Thurston County Realtors Association joined about 500 realtors from throughout Washington late last week for Washington Realtors’ annual Legislative Day, meeting with state legislators to discuss TCRA’s priorities for the 2018 Legislative Session.

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01/19/18

King County buyers' big impact on Pierce housing market

Real estate brokerage Coldwell Banker Bain has released its 2017 annual market report for the Puget Sound region, acknowledging the influx of buyers from King County affecting the Pierce County market.

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01/19/18

Online honors for Thurston County cabinet company

Lacey kitchen design firm Cabinets by Trivonna has won a “Best of Customer Service” award from Houzz, a leading online platform for home remodeling and design.

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01/19/18

New Keller Williams division added in Puyallup

Keller Williams Realty Professionals has launched a new commercial division based in Puyallup, operating as KW Commercial Offenbecher.

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01/19/18

New executive director at Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum is adding David Setford as its new executive director, who brings over 30 years of arts and museum experience across two continents to the position.

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01/18/18

Tacoma not on 'shortlist' for Amazon's HQ2

Amazon has released the list of cities that advanced to “Round 2” of its search for a second home, with the Tacoma/South Sound bid unfortunately not making the cut.

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01/18/18

What a government shutdown could mean for Workforce Central

With the deadline looming for the federal government to avoid a shutdown, WorkForce Central released a statement today saying it’s hopeful a shutdown won’t happen but is preparing for that very possibility.

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01/18/18

Columbia Bank promotes executive to newly created position

Columbia Bank has appointed Lisa Dow to the newly created position of chief risk officer and executive vice president.

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01/18/18

Thurston EDC open house to highlight economic partnership

The Thurston Economic Development Council is opening its doors next month to highlight one of its local partnerships.

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01/17/18

Financial reporting award for City of Kent

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has recognized the City of Kent with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

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01/17/18

State economy adds jobs, unemployment low

Washington’s economy added 6,100 jobs in December and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate came in at 4.5 percent, according to the Employment Security Department.

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01/17/18

Olympia one of National Geographic's "Cities on the Rise"

National Geographic Traveler has revealed its 29 “Cities on the Rise,” and one South Sound community made the cut.

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01/16/18

Clover Park gets funds for curriculum reform

Clover Park Technical College has been selected to receive $500,000 in grant funding from College Spark to assist its transition to the Guided Pathways education approach.

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01/16/18

Grubhub expands services in Tacoma

Previously, Tacoma restaurants using Grubhub had to supply their own drivers to deliver; now, the company will provide drivers that can deliver from any Tacoma establishment at any time.

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01/16/18

Rush Companies opens Seattle office on Mercer Island

The Rush Companies, headquartered in Gig Harbor, has moved its second office to Seattle’s Mercer Island.

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01/16/18

Heritage finalizes acquisition of Puget Sound Bank

Heritage Bank has announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of Puget Sound Bank.

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01/15/18

CHI Franciscan opens expansion to St. Anthony's Hospital

CHI Franciscan Health announced today the grand opening of the fifth floor at Gig Harbor’s St. Anthony’s Hospital, a 25,000-square-foot expansion that adds 32 more beds to increase the facility’s overall capacity by 40 percent.

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01/15/18

New MultiCare foundation to support Rockwood Health

MultiCare has created MultiCare Health Foundation Inland Northwest, a 501(c)3 organization, to help facilitate Rockwood Health System’s transition to not-for-profit status.

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01/15/18

Boeing's Workforce Readiness Center in Auburn opens

Today marks the grand opening of Boeing’s much-anticipated Workforce Readiness Center in Auburn, the first new building at the aerospace titan’s Auburn site in 25 years.

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01/15/18

Bacon is WTC Tacoma's 2018 Trade Visionary

World Trade Center Tacoma has announced Connie Bacon as its 2018 Trade Visionary Award recipient.

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01/12/18

MultiCare, CHI name CEO for behavioral health hospital

The Alliance for South Sound Health announced today that Maureen Womack has been hired as CEO and president of the Behavioral Health Hospital now under construction in Tacoma.

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01/12/18

Injured passenger in DuPont derailment sues Amtrak

Aaron Harris, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and multiple serious fractures in the Amtrak train derailment near Dupont, filed a lawsuit against the rail carrier today in King County Superior Court.

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01/12/18

Tacoma mayor comments on State Farm exit

It’s still early in new Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards’ term, and already she’s got the exodus of one of the city’s largest employer on her plate.

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01/12/18

More cases from norovirus outbreak at local El Toro

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has identified new local cases of norovirus, bringing the total number from the outbreak at two area El Toro Restaurants to 434.

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01/11/18

2018 Horizons Economic Forecast set for Jan. 24

The 2018 Horizons Economic Forecast Breakfast, held by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, will present its annual look ahead to the upcoming months at 7 a.m. on Wed., Jan. 24, at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.

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01/11/18

Tacoma named a top convention city

MeetingSource.com has released its 2018 list of best convention cities in the country, and Tacoma has taken the top spot for conventions of up to 1,000 attendees.

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01/11/18

New administrator for SBA's Pacific Northwest region

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the appointment of Jeremy Field as its regional administrator for its Pacific Northwest region.

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01/11/18

State Farm announces exit from Tacoma

Five years after its arrival in the City of Destiny, insurance giant State Farm has announced that it is leaving its two Tacoma offices by the end of the year. The company currently employs approximately 1,400 at its Tacoma call center.

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01/10/18

Longtime World Vision president to retire

Rich Stearns, president of Federal Way-based international nonprofit World Vision, has announced his intention to retire, initiating a leadership transition process which will take place over the course of the year.

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01/10/18

Thurston's Resource Stewardship dept. gets new director, name

Thurston County’s Resource Stewardship department has a new permanent director, along with a new name to better fit its mission.

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01/10/18

Columbia Bank's Warm Hearts drive raises $220K

Columbia Bank announced today that $220,365 and 6,542 items of warm winter wear and supplies were donated for the benefit of 58 local homeless shelters across the Pacific Northwest during the Bank's third annual Warm Hearts Winter Drive.

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01/09/18

Gov. Inslee's emissions tax plan draws raves, jeers

Gov. Jay Inslee released much-anticipated details of his ambitious fossil fuel tax plan today, drawing raves from conservationists but jeers from Republicans concerned about its effects on the economy.

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01/09/18

Oly law firm promotes Thurston County Bar president to partner

Trevor Zandell, president of the Thurston County Bar Association, has been named a partner at Olympia-based law firm Phillips Burgess.

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01/09/18

New veteran job training program to launch at UWT

Pharmaceutical corporation Bayer and national nonprofit VETTED are partnering to debut a new job training program for veterans, with University of Washington-Tacoma among the first schools targeted for a launch.

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01/09/18

Tacoma, Olympia among top 25 "growth cities"

After releasing its “growth state” rankings on Monday, U-Haul released its Top 25 “growth cities” of 2017 today, with two South Sound cities making the cut.

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01/08/18

Kent's WGU Washington awards 10,000th degree

Kent-based online college WGU Washington recently surpassed a big milestone: the issuing of its 10,000th degree.

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01/08/18

Federal Way Sears closure another sign of retailer's struggles

The Commons in Federal Way will lose one of its anchor stores in early April with the closure of its Sears department store.

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01/08/18

South Sound fuels Washington as U-Haul "growth state"

Paced by moves to Tacoma and Olympia, Washington ranked as sixth among “growth states” in data collected by national relocation company U-Haul over the past year.

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01/08/18

St. Louis firm to develop DuPont's former Intel campus

DuPont’s former Intel campus has a new owner, with St. Louis-based investment firm CRG acquiring the DuPont Corporate Center on Friday.

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01/05/18

Heritage Bank to celebrate 20 years at Nasdaq

Heritage Bank will celebrate its 20-year listing anniversary at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square on Monday.

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01/05/18

Safeway delivery drivers opt for Teamsters representation

Teamsters Local 313 in Tacoma is growing, with a group of 30 local Safeway drivers choosing the union to represent them.

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01/05/18

Market remains hot as 2018 starts

It’s a new year, but the landscape remains the same in the Puget Sound housing market. Brokers with the Northwest Multiple Listing Service reported historic lows for inventory and year-over-year price gains in most areas.

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We've got a new home: PMG acquires Business Examiner Media

01/04/18

We've got a new home: PMG acquires Business Examiner Media

In a significant business move for two media companies with long area connections, Premier Media Group — publisher of 425 magazine — announced today it has purchased Business Examiner Media, publisher of South Sound BIZ magazine.

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01/04/18

City finally confirms Sonic coming to Kent

South Sound fans of Sonic Drive-In’s fast food will soon have a new, long-awaited option as the eatery’s Kent location has been confirmed by the City.

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01/04/18

Drilling incident leads to fine for Puyallup company

A Puyallup communications company owes a penalty for violating the state’s “Call Before You Dig” law, resulting in the puncture of a jet fuel pipeline, spilling thousands of gallons of fuel into Tacoma streets.

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01/03/18

Two Tacoma insurance firms announce merger

Berg Andonian, Inc., has acquired fellow Tacoma firm Rapport Benefits Group, merging a pair of longtime South Sound brokerages.

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01/03/18

Tacoma Motel 6 cited in state AG's consumer protection suit

South Tacoma’s Motel 6 location was one of six cited in a lawsuit by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, alleging that the hotel chain has been voluntarily providing guests' private information to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

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01/03/18

New MMA gym to open in south Tacoma

A five-lane bowling alley in south Tacoma has found new life as a mixed martial arts facility with the upcoming grand opening of Ludusport Academy and Gym.

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01/03/18

Olympia trucking company merges into national flatbed operation

Olympia trucking company Belmont Enterprises is now part of Smokey Point Distributing, according to a statement released by the Arlington, Wash., company this week.

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01/02/18

More moving to Washington, says relocation company

According to one of the nation’s leading movers, Washington continues to be a hot destination.

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01/02/18

Thurston EDC aims to help Lacey veterans start business

Are you a veteran looking to start your own business within Lacey’s city limits? If so, the City of Lacey and Thurston Economic Development Council want to give you a hand.

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01/02/18

Thurston Chamber to present State of the Community

Wednesday, Jan. 10, marks the Thurston Chamber’s annual State of the Community Address, where community officials will talk job growth, land management, water rights and other local issues.

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01/02/18

Study: WA remains near top for small biz job growth

National staffing firm Paychex announced the results of its December Small Business Employment Watch study today, showing Washington holding firm near the top of small business job growth.

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