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July 2017


Census testing brings temp jobs to Pierce County

The next Census isn’t until 2020, but the U.S. Census Bureau is already preparing for it — and that means temporary jobs locally in the meantime.

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Congratulations to New Tacoma Awards winners

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber has announced its New Tacoma Awards, which recognize businesses, organizations and individuals who make “outstanding contributions” to downtown Tacoma.

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Amended agreement for convention center hotel approved

The City Council has approved an amended agreement with Yareton Investment and Management L.L.C. for the project to bring a new hotel next to the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.

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Record low unemployment holds steady in June

Washington’s record-low unemployment rate held firm in June at 4.5 percent, despite preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing the state gained 2,500 jobs over the month.

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New website for Seattle Southside tourist group

Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority, the destination marketing organization for Des Moines, SeaTac and Tukwila, has announced the launch of its newly revamped website.

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James Hardie announces plans to hire over 100

James Hardie Building Products Inc. has announced a jobs initiative to add over 100 new employees for its expanded manufacturing facility in Tacoma.

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Washington Federal earns $44 million in Q2

Washington Federal, which announced in April a merger agreement with Lacey’s Anchor Bank, has announced quarterly earnings of $44,112,000 for 2017 Q2.

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Attorney General fines Washington Budget and Policy Center

The Attorney General’s Office today announced that the Washington Budget and Policy Center will pay $30,545 over campaign finance violations.

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Wesley Homes, Highline College partner for residency program

Senior living facility Wesley Homes Des Moines has partnered with Highline College to create a student resident program.

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H&M set to open at South Hill Mall

Fashion retailer H&M is opening its new location at the South Hill Mall next week.

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Instacart expands footprint to include Pierce, South King

Grocery delivery service Instacart is expanding its Seattle footprint to serve an additional 485,000 households, many of which are located in the South Sound.

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Auburn roofing contractor expands with acquisition

Auburn contractor Guardian Roofing has announced the acquisition of Seattle-based competitor Jorve Roofing.

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'Mistake by the Lake' could get facelift

If all goes as planned, Olympia’s ‘Mistake on the Lake’ may soon be reborn as a thriving hub of commercial and residential activity.

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Tacoma tourism exec named to international board

Tacoma’s top travel promoter just got some international recognition.

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Columbia promotes from within for new COO

Columbia Bank has a new chief operating officer: Clint Stein, previously the company's CFO.

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52%+ Tacoma homes sold above asking

Tacoma residential sales market among top 5 in country, according to Redfin.

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Accolades for work supporting non-profits

Two South Sound non-profit organizations gained national visibility for their marketing work, as provided by a Tacoma creative agency.

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Senate gridlock dims small biz spirits

Small employers discouraged by lack of progress in Congress on revisions to Obamacare and tax laws, updated index shows.

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Connectivity cited at MultiCare

Electronic connectivity over a widely-spread health care network is again putting a Tacoma-based system in the national spotlight.

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CHI enlarges UWT health services

Students at Tacoma's public university will be able to access their health services through neighborhood clinics closer to where they live, instead of only through an on-campus center, under a new plan announced today.

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Thurston industrial real estate stays active

Thurston County’s industrial market was one of the most active on the development side in 2016, and according to real estate firm Kidder Mathews, the capital county continues the trend so far this year.

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Lots of construction in South King's industrial market

According to a recent report from real estate firm Kidder Mathews, South King County trails only Pierce among markets in Puget Sound when it comes to industrial construction.

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Heartland Express buys Tacoma's Interstate Distributor

National trucking firm Heartland Express has acquired 100 percent of the outstanding stock of Tacoma-based Interstate Distributor Co. from Saltchuk Resources.

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Best state for business? CNBC says it's Washington

CNBC has unveiled the results of its 11th annual list of America’s Top States for Business, and at the top of the heap sits the Evergreen State.

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July Dept. of Revenue update: Outlook remains positive

The July update from the state’s Department of Revenue confirms much of what observers continue to note: Washington continues on a strong economic trajectory, highlighted by an all-time low unemployment rate of 4.5 percent in May.

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Washington Business Bank posts 60 percent Q2 growth

Washington Business Bank has announced its 2017 Q2 results, posting a net income of $139,800 — a 60 percent increase from the same period last year.

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Pierce industrial real estate going strong

The newest report from real estate firm Kidder Mathews shows Pierce County continuing to pace Puget Sound in industrial market activity.

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JBLM hiring event to showcase apprenticeships, logistics

Transitioning military looking for local work can network with more than 80 employers next week at a hiring event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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GOP, business groups continue to rail against Inslee for veto

Gov. Jay Inslee’s Friday veto of a tax break for manufacturers continues to draw the ire of business groups and Republicans alike.

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Nominations open for statewide business giving award

Do you know a business that gives back to its community? Washington’s Office of the Secretary of State wants to hear from you.

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Northwest Seaport Alliance honored for green practices

A trade publication has honored The Northwest Seaport Alliance for its commitment to sustainability.

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MultiCare Good Samaritan honored for eye health efforts

MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital has been honored by a global health organization for its work in helping combat corneal blindness.

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Study: WA maintains in logistics, slips in manufacturing

One university’s study has ranked the states in terms of the health of their manufacturing and logistics industries, with Washington maintaining its middling grade in the latter while slipping in the former.

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Nonprofit hopes to bring tourist train rides to Shelton

A nonprofit is hoping to establish tourist train rides in Shelton and is seeking crowdfunding help to make it possible.

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Home market continues to sizzle, but market easing somewhat

For frustrated house hunters, it seems there’s hope.

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Museum of Glass, TAM, Auburn Symphony among grant recipients

ArtsFund, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering arts and cultural groups throughout the Central Puget Sound region, has distributed $171,490 in grants to nine organizations and facilities in Pierce and South King Counties.

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Walmart, others incur fines from insurance commish

A pair of companies operating from the South Sound — and a big corporation operating statewide — has incurred discipline from the office of Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler for various violations.

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American Job Center to open at JBLM tomorrow

The first American Job Center to be located on a military installation is set to open at Joint Base Lewis-McChord this Friday.

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Progress earns extension for Western State Hospital

Western State Hospital has shown enough noticeable progress to earn a 60-day extension to continue its certification and maintain eligibility for federal funding.

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Husky Terminal pile driving to resume this week

With the Fourth of July weekend in the rearview, upgrades to allow Port of Tacoma to accommodate larger ships is set to continue.

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Timberland added to Russell indexes

Timberland Bank has been added to the Russell 3000 Index and the Russell 2000 Index, a pair of indexes widely used by investors and industry observers as benchmarks for the United States marketplace.

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Fire cuts E. Pierce Co. connections


Fire cuts E. Pierce Co. connections

Some Comcast service is being restored through the day, as repair crews work on melted fiber-optic cables in eastern Puyallup.

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Enjoy 4th of July holiday

Happy 4th of July. Daily Biz Briefs will return on Wednesday, July 5th.

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Some chambers OK family leave law

Local business representatives are expressing approval of a new state law mandating paid family leave for most employees in Washington.

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Non-residential building stagnant in U.S.

Government projects appear to be expanding, while private sector nonresidential construction is pretty much stalled, according to a new Census Bureau report with industry analysis.

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Tending to others’ yards for 40 years


Tending to others’ yards for 40 years

Celebrating a four-decade run of successful business is reason enough for owner Neil Hedman to light off some fireworks this week.

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MultiCare: Largest local health system in state

New executive appointments are a next step as MultiCare Health System in Tacoma assembles its management team for newly purchased hospitals and medical clinics in the Spokane area.

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