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08/29/13

PeaceHealth to chop 500 jobs

Vancouver-based PeaceHealth is chopping 500 jobs, as a result of a $130 million budget shortage due to rising expenses, stagnant patient numbers, fewer Medicare benefits and lower reimbursement rates.

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08/29/13

Olympia City Council says 'No" to building on Budd Inlet

The Olympia City Council has said a resounding, “No” to building along the Budd Inlet shoreline.

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08/29/13

Governor Hotel may be bought, rebranded

Major downtown lodging changes may be in the works for Olympia if a developer contract goes through to sale in the coming weeks.

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08/29/13

Home sales slowing but steady, says latest Realtor report

Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy U.S. homes in July, but the level stayed close to a 6 1/2-year high.

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08/20/13

From the Blog: Hotel Murano kicks you-know-what on social

In our most recent bi-weekly issue, we featured “5 South Sound Companies kicking a** on social media.” Hotel Murano was among these companies that offered their insight on how they approach social media and how it’s affected the way they do business.

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08/20/13

More college students seeking help with tuition

With college costs continuing to rise, more students are receiving federal financial aid. State and institutional aid remains largely flat.

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08/20/13

EPA launches Battle of the Buildings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched the 2013 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings.

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08/20/13

Small businesses trending optimistic

Small business optimism is the highest it has been since third quarter 2008, according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index.

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08/20/13

AG Ferguson selects Horn as Chief Deputy

Attorney General Bob Ferguson has selected David Horn as his Chief Deputy, the highest ranking legal position in the Attorney General’s Office.

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08/02/13

Commercial burglary investigation yields arrests

Yesterday, Olympia and Tacoma Police arrested two men and a woman on charges of trafficking in stolen goods. More than a hundred pieces of confiscated stolen property from the arrest are suspected to be connected to over a dozen outstanding commercial burglary investigations.

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08/01/13

Three-40 Thursday celebrates Jones, Foglia-Jones, Fellinger

It's a three-40 Thursday, with Daily Biz Briefs is highlighting individual honorees from the 2013 “40 Under Forty” recognition program. Today's edition features three from this year's class of youthful leaders in the South Sound. Our first, Jennifer Fellinger, has spent three years in marketing and communications with Saint Martin's University in Lacey. This comes after what she describes as a "circuitous" career path, including an initial goal of a job as a fine artist. This soon transitioned into detours in curatorial work and publishing before she accepted a position with the Washington State School Directors Association. Fellinger calls the job "life-changing," as it led her into the educational field. It's an area she's...

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07/31/13

40 under forty honors Larson, Palmer

Daily Biz Briefs is highlighting individual honorees from the 2013 “40 Under Forty” recognition program. In each of the next 10 editions, we will feature two from the class of 40 youthful leaders in the South Sound.

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07/31/13

ExOne opens in Auburn

The ExOne Company, a global provider of 3D printing machines and printed products to industrial customers, announced today that it has opened a new production service center (PSC) in Auburn.

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07/31/13

Seattle-Tacoma area among the best for jobseekers

The Seattle-Tacoma metro area is among the list of the strongest labor markets for jobseekers, according to The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine, a monthly data series tracking U.S. labor demand by geography and occupational category.

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07/31/13

Dustin Stoker joins Port of Tacoma

The Port of Tacoma has hired Dustin Stoker to lead its new operations center.

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07/31/13

State to lose 9 weeks of unemployment benefits

Washington’s improving economy will force the state to give up nine weeks of long-term unemployment benefits, according to officials with the Employment Security Department.

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Pierce Chamber releases Port commish voter guide

07/30/13

Pierce Chamber releases Port commish voter guide

Here's a short preview of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce's Voice for Business voter guide, focusing on the contested race for Port of Tacoma Commission Position 1.

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Columbia Bank's Dressel in NYC

07/30/13

Columbia Bank's Dressel in NYC

In honor of Columbia Bank’s upcoming 20th anniversary in late August, President & CEO Melanie Dressel was invited to ring the Opening Bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City's Times Square yesterday

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07/30/13

Business entrepreneur, fundraiser are 40s

Business, family and volunteering all in balance for 40 Under Forty honoree. Another finds accomplishment in funding nonprofit organizations.

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07/30/13

Nat'l investor pays $64.5M for 714 UP units

The largest apartment community in Pierce County and fourth largest in the Puget Sound region has been sold for $64.5 million, according to the real estate advisory agency involved in the transaction.

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07/30/13

UP tax preparer sentenced for tax evasion

A long-time University Place tax accountant and tax preparer was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to two years of probation and $146,226 in restitution for tax evasion.

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Vets talk small biz

07/30/13

Vets talk small biz

More than 20 service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord gathered at the William M. Factory Small Business Incubator in Tacoma Tuesday for a day of networking and presentations from successful veteran entrepreneurs.

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07/30/13

Tourism leaders, tour operators will visit

A major tourism industry meeting will bring more than 150 international and domestic tour operators and 200 tourism suppliers to Tacoma-Pierce County next February.

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07/30/13

Anchor reports better year, worse Q4

Anchor Bancorp reports stronger fiscal year results, with higher Q4 loss. Continued sales of bank-owned real estate brings savings. Loan demand continues weak.

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07/29/13

Biz owners oppose Marketplace Fairness Act

Nearly a dozen business owners in Washington are speaking out about the proposed Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would grant states the authority to require online businesses to collect state sales tax at the time of transaction, no matter where they're located.

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07/29/13

New social media law in effect

As of yesterday, employers are barred from asking for Facebook, Twitter or other social media passwords at the workplace and during job interviews.

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07/29/13

Narrows Airport runway reopened

The runway at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor reopened July 28 after being closed for 10 nights for the final phase of its rehabilitation. Crews grooved the runway for improved traction and applied final markings to the runway and connector taxiways.

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07/29/13

Sumner valley filling up fast

The Sumner valley is fast-reaching saturation point for distribution, warehouse and fulfillment facilities, real estate brokers say. Six new such buildings, covering a total of nearly 2 million square feet, have come on line in the last year and will consume much of Sumner's available industrial space.

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07/29/13

Fife company fined for ammonia gas leak

Star Ice & Fuel of Fife has agreed to pay $50,805 in federal penalties for failing to immediately report a hazardous chemical release in 2011, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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07/29/13

Banker, appraiser among '40' field

Daily Biz Briefs is highlighting individual honorees from the 2013 “40 Under Forty” recognition program. In each of the next 7 editions, we will feature two from the class of 40 youthful leaders in the South Sound.

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07/26/13

James, McCallum join '40 under Forty' mix

Daily Biz Briefs is highlighting individual honorees from the 2013 “40 Under Forty” recognition program. In each of the next 10 editions, we will feature two from the class of 40 youthful leaders in the South Sound.

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07/26/13

"A milestone quarter" for Weyerhaeuser

Weyerhaeuser Company today reported net earnings to common shareholders of $196 million — or 35 cents per diluted share — for the second quarter.

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07/26/13

Pierce Co. publishes consolidation proposal report

Pierce County has published its report on the proposal to consolidate 21 county departments into a new building on the former Puget Sound Hospital campus at 3580 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma.

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07/26/13

Amazon results down, says latest report

Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. reported a surprise loss in the second quarter, as higher revenue was not enough to make up for rising operating expenses.

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07/26/13

WA UTC names King as director

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission today announced Steven V. King as the regulatory agency’s new executive director and secretary.

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07/26/13

New mixed-use deal inked for Stadium District

More retail and residential development are ready to go on both the Stadium Thriftway building parking lot sites, thanks to a recent deal by the Irwin Investment Group.

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07/25/13

Small business owner, financial advisor are '40' honorees

Join the public in celebrating these two honorees and the rest of the 2013 class of “40 Under Forty” at an evening program outdoors at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on Wednesday, Aug. 7, beginning at 6 p.m. Details and ticket information are at this link. The 2013 "40 Under Forty" recognition program highlights youthful leaders in business, social services and community in the South Sound.

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07/25/13

Radio show, career fair geared toward transitioning military

A new radio show on KLAY AM 1180 is geared towards helping active duty, retired military and their spouses look for their next career.

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TRCVB unveils new brand identity for region

07/25/13

TRCVB unveils new brand identity for region

The newly reopened Foss Waterway Seaport played host to the Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor's Bureau's unveiling of its new brand identity for Tacoma and Pierce County on Wednesday, with more than 200 guests on hand for the event.

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07/25/13

Weyerhaeuser shares progress on sustainability goals

Weyerhaeuser Company today announced the publication of its tenth annual sustainability report, which details the company's performance in 2012 and demonstrates its progress against more than 40 specific targets it will accomplish by 2020.

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07/25/13

Columbia Bank announces 2Q results

Sustained loan growth, an increase in the operating net interest margin and closing the acquisition of West Coast Bancorp highlighted the second quarter of Tacoma-based Columbia Bank.

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07/24/13

TrueBlue 2Q results sunny, too

TrueBlue, Inc. today reported revenue for the second quarter of 2013 of $422 million, an increase of 19 percent compared to revenue of $354 million for the second quarter of 2012.

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07/24/13

Tehaleh tops for new home sales in region

According to the latest New Home Trends report, Newland Communities’ Tehaleh ranks at the top for new home sales in the Puget Sound region so far this year.

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07/24/13

Boeing reports positive 2Q results

The Boeing Company reported second-quarter core earnings per share (non-GAAP) increased 13 percent to $1.67, driven by strong performance across the company's businesses.

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07/24/13

Weyerhaeuser completes Longview Timber acquisition

The acquisition of Longview Timber LLC by Weyerhaeuser from affiliates of Brookfield Asset Management has been completed.

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07/24/13

South Sound unemployment still high

The most recent data from the regional Employment Security Department indicates that South Sound economies are still tracking flat.

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07/23/13

Heritage Q2 earnings down, dividends up

Earnings per share for second quarter 2013 were down one penny for Heritage Financial Corp., according to a news release issued today. But several other measures were up, including dividends to shareholders.

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07/23/13

Lee, Flaherty join 40 honoree ranks

Daily Biz Briefs is highlighting individual honorees from the 2013 “40 Under Forty” recognition program. In each of the next 10 editions, we will feature two from the class of 40 youthful leaders in the South Sound.

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07/23/13

Honors to 3 Mason County women

Three outstanding, local business women in Mason County have been named to receive the 2013 American Business Women’s Award from Mason General Hospital Foundation.

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07/23/13

Retail sales get back to 2008 levels

Taxable retail sales statewide for the first quarter of 2013 were up 8.0 percent to $26 billion, for the first time reaching Q1-2008 levels.

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07/23/13

Jobless rates up slightly in June from May

Statewide unemployment in June was 6.8 percent seasonally adjusted, according to new data released this morning by Employment Security Department. This compares to 7.6 percent for the U.S. as a whole.

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07/23/13

Local developer buys former Nalley's site

A local investor, Puget Sound Industrial LLC, has bought the former Birds Eye Foods industrial plant in Tacoma’s Nalley Valley.

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07/22/13

WSU adds smart grid engineering scholarships

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant to Washington State University for scholarship support for undergraduate and master’s students in electric power engineering.

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07/22/13

Artemis Hotel receives EB-5 approval

The Yareton Group, developers of the Artemis Hotel, and the City of Des Moines are pleased to announce that the application for “EB-5” foreign investor visa program funding has been approved by the federal government, after a two-year processing delay.

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07/22/13

Mortenson, McGranahan tapped to build Tacoma's University Y

The University of Washington Tacoma and the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties announced the design-build team of Mortenson Construction of Kirkland, Wash., and McGranahan Architects of Tacoma received the highest score of three proposals submitted to design and construct the University Y Student Center.

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07/22/13

Highline on "Best College to Work For" list

Highline Community College is one of the nation’s best colleges to work for, according to a new survey by educational news source The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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07/22/13

Pair of 40s started as young entrepreneurs

Daily Biz Briefs is highlighting individual honorees from the 2013 “40 Under Forty” recognition program. In each of the next 10 editions, we will feature two from the class of 40 youthful leaders in the South Sound.

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Simpson celebrates waterway cleanup

07/22/13

Simpson celebrates waterway cleanup

Environmental leaders and current and former Simpson employees gathered at the company’s property on Commencement Bay Monday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the St. Paul Waterway restoration project.

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07/19/13

Sister companies to move to Swantown Marina

A pair of Olympia-based online retailers, Kitson Boards Inc. and WineRackStore.com, are getting ready to move from their current manufacturing facilities in South Olympia to Swantown Marina in the downtown waterfront area.

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07/19/13

Wood Resources to sell Southeast operations

Wood Resources LLC, a Shelton-based manufacturer of plywood and veneer, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Southeast operations, which include Chester Wood Products and Moncure Plywood, to Boise Cascade Company, a leading wood products manufacturer and building materials distributor in North America.

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07/19/13

Three join Workforce Development Council

At its Executive Board meeting yesterday, WorkForce Central announced three new appointments to the Tacoma-Pierce County Workforce Development Council.

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07/19/13

Olympia Oyster House destroyed by fire

The Olympia Oyster House, a familiar and historic site on the state capital's waterfront, was demolished by flames early this morning.

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07/18/13

Columbia Bank chooses Lawson for HR VP

Dave Lawson has been tapped by Columbia Bank as the financial institution's new executive vice president of human resources.

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07/18/13

Franciscan establishes COHE program

Franciscan Health System, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Industries and leading health systems and clinics in the region, has established the Center of Occupational Health & Education of Western Washington.

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07/18/13

Berg Andonian joins national Digital Insurance fold

Berg Andonian, an employee benefits firm headquartered in Gig Harbor, has been acquired by Digital Insurance, one of the nation's largest employee benefits-only agencies.

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07/18/13

Gas prices way up so far this year

At $3.679 a gallon, the national average gas price is 16 cents more than a week ago, according to online tracking company GasBuddy.com

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07/18/13

Men's clothing & carpet cleaning by 40s

Daily Biz Briefs is highlighting individual honorees from the 2013 “40 Under Forty” recognition program., today featuring JD Elquist and Ben Schafer.

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07/18/13

Commercial mortgage brokering & seniors' managed care

Daily Biz Briefs is highlighting individual honorees from the 2013 “40 Under Forty” recognition program. In each of the next 12 editions, we will feature two from the class of 40 youthful leaders in the South Sound. Heather Schiro-Sturn earned a degree in fashion marketing/merchandising, which might not be the most natural pathway to her career in brokering commercial mortgages . It came from her decision to work for her father at Schiro Finance in 1997, initially, until she learned that she loved the business. In 2011, Heather and her husband Ryan purchased the business so her father could retire, and they must be doing the right things. She reports annual loan volumes soared from $38 million in 1997 to $145 million in the 16 years she’s been there. Lisa...

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07/17/13

Aerospace Summit draws South Sound industry leaders

Today leading aerospace, tech and business leaders in the South Sound gathered at the McGavick Conference Center in Lakewood for the region's second annual Pierce County Aerospace Summit.

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07/17/13

June unemployment rate unchanged, while jobs surge

Washington’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from May to June, at 6.8 percent, while the economy gained an estimated 9,800 jobs.

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07/17/13

McNair-Huff joins JayRay

JayRay has announced the appointment of Rob McNair-Huff as an advisor at the Tacoma-based strategic communications agency.

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Tacoma may be getting a Chick-Fil-A

07/17/13

Tacoma may be getting a Chick-Fil-A

A Chick-Fil-A restaurant may be coming to Tacoma. The Georgia-based company known for its chicken sandwiches has filed plans with the City of Tacoma to open a drive-thru restaurant at 3902 South Steele Street, near Ashley Furniture.

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07/17/13

Bank marketing & hospital biz link 40s

Daily Biz Briefs is highlighting individual honorees from the 2013 “40 Under Forty” recognition program, today spotlighting David Devine and Bethany Sexton.

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07/16/13

Record Lottery sales fund retailers, too

Officials from Washington's Lottery announced another record-breaking year in sales today, ending the fiscal year on June 30 with total sales of more than $567 million – a 6 percent or $30 million increase over last fiscal year.

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07/16/13

New paramedic unit at Hawks Prairie

Northeastern Thurston County now has full-time emergency medical coverage as Medic 6 is operational. It will be serving a rapidly expanding business presence in the Hawks Prairie area from its base on Steilacoom Road.

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07/16/13

Flow to delay SEC report due to Brazil

Kent-based Flow International Corp. today announced that it will notify the Securities and Exchange Commission of a delayed submission for its Annual Report (Form 10-K) for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2013.

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07/16/13

State Farm hiring fair in Tacoma site

Today and tomorrow, State Farm is actively recruiting workers to fill roughly 500 customer-service positions at its new Tacoma call center base.

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07/16/13

UPS fundraising passes landmark

University of Puget Sound today announced that contributions to the college’s comprehensive campaign have surpassed the $100 million mark.

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07/16/13

City of SeaTac funded to study light rail

City of SeaTac is planning to help guide redevelopment to increase opportunities for active transportation, recreation and access to healthy food near a future light rail station.

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07/16/13

Home sales nationally weaken in June

Strong price increases are continuing to support growing homes for sale inventory, which increased for the third consecutive month. However, actual sales faltered in June.

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07/16/13

Landings in development & sales for 40s

Construction-development and building products link these two 40 Under Forty honorees.

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07/15/13

Mikey's Funland to close

After 45 years of business, Lakewood's B&I Amusement Center, otherwise known as Mikey’s Funland, announced today that they will be closing on July 21.

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07/15/13

Solar investment yields results for Port of Olympia

The results are in, and the Port of Olympia's privately funded investment in solar energy has yielded positive results within the last fiscal year.

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07/15/13

Tacoma's office real estate availability down

State Farm's impending arrival into downtown Tacoma has already made its mark in the city's office real estate market, according to the latest report from independent commercial real estate firm Kidder Matthews.

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07/15/13

Heritage completes Valley acquisition

Heritage Financial Corporation, the parent company of Heritage Bank, announced that effective today, it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Valley Community Bancshares, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Valley Bank, of Puyallup.

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Business leaders learn importance of exporting

07/15/13

Business leaders learn importance of exporting

More than 100 small business leaders gathered at the Port of Tacoma July 15 to learn about the importance of exporting from their peers in the business community.

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07/15/13

Online dialogue, options key for 'Under 40s'

Sarah Cutting and Kristi Stickland both use communication powers of online tools to empower their contributions as part of '40 Under Forty' generation.

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07/12/13

Boeing airline fire at Heathrow handled well

Flights have resumed at London's Heathrow Airport after a fire on a parked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet.

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07/12/13

Torklift wins 2013 Exporter of the Year award

Sumner-based company Torklift International has been named 2013 Exporter of the Year by World Trade Center Tacoma, due to increasing export business.

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07/12/13

Construction prices down only slightly

Construction materials prices decreased 0.1 percent in June and are virtually unchanged for the quarter, according to the July 12 Producer Price Index report by the U.S. Labor Department.

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07/12/13

SPSCC to open entrepreneurial center

The Thurston Economic Development Council has entered into a collaborative agreement with South Puget Sound Community College to establish an entrepreneurial center at the future Rowe Six campus of SPSCC, catalyzing the development and growth of high-wage, high-value, private sector companies in our community.

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07/12/13

Narrows Brewery opens today

The latest addition to the South Sound brewing business, Narrows Brewery Co., opened its doors today at Tacoma's Narrows Marina.

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07/12/13

Chef Matt & 'outdoors' Ali on list of 40

The 2013 "40 Under Forty" recognition program highlights youthful leaders in business, social services and community in the South Sound.

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07/11/13

U.S. home ownership 'by the numbers'

Homeowners in the U.S. paid a median price of $110,000 for their homes overall, according to a 2011 survey profile released today. This is an increase of 2.3 percent from 2009.

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07/11/13

Fed Way counselor license suspended

State health officials have suspended the credential of Federal Way counselor Scott Hale after he admitted having sex with a client on three occasions.

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07/11/13

$$ to Mt. Rainier park for JBLM youth

Mount Rainier is one of 34 national parks selected to receive a 2013 America’s Best Idea grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.

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07/11/13

Valley Medical called LGBT leader

Valley Medical Center in south King County is one of four UW Medicine hospitals recognized today as leaders in respecting healthcare equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.

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07/11/13

500 jobs, up from initial State Farm plan

The 500 new positions that State Farm is looking to fill next week represent a revision of the initial estimate of "first phase" workers at the new firm's downtown Tacoma offices, said company spokesman Brad Hilliard.

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07/11/13

State forecast revised, still optimistic

Today’s updated forecast from the State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council reflects an extended federal budget sequester and lower inflation, both of which reduce state personal income growth. The June update also incorporated a more severe decline in aerospace employment.

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07/11/13

Chain store sales up 3.9% in June

U.S. chain-store sales posted a gain of 3.9 percent for the fiscal month of June on a year-over-year basis, the strongest gain since January

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