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March 2016

04/01/16

TrueBlue applauds Inslee for legislation

Gov. Jay Inslee this week signed HB 1533, which establishes Certificates of Restoration of Opportunity, helping give ex-offenders a second chance by reducing barriers to employment.

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04/01/16

Lincoln Military Housing acquires units at JBLM

Real estate developer Lincoln Military Housing has announced the acquisition of over 5,000 units at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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04/01/16

Community meetings set for new consolidated Pierce facility

Community meetings have been scheduled in April to discuss a new proposal to co-locate some Pierce County employees — as well as the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and South Sound 911 — into a single consolidated facility.

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03/31/16

Have you nominated a Top Place to Work?

Twenty-three companies so far have been nominated for Business Examiner Media’s Top Places to Work recognition event, to be held Monday, May 16, at McGavick Conference Center in Lakewood.

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03/31/16

Thurston EDC announces Business Recognition winners

Today, Thurston Economic Development Council announced the winners of its 2015 Business Recognition Awards, with honorees recognized at a luncheon at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia.

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03/31/16

Pierce College District enters agreement with California school

Pierce College District has formed an agreement with Ashford University in San Diego to allow graduates of Pierce College’s two-year program to transfer credits toward an Ashford bachelor’s degree.

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03/30/16

Executives on the move

Local companies and organizations have announced these new hires and retirements this week.

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03/30/16

Construction jobs growing

Better weather and continued strong local demand had more persons working in construction last month in Washington state than a year ago.

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03/30/16

Western State to expand

The state hospital for mental-health care in Pierce County will be getting an additional ward, thanks to the new capital budget approved by lawmakers just before ending their special session.

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03/30/16

‘Guilty’ pleas for Puyallup smoke shop

A raid at Indian Country Smoke Shop brought guilty pleas from all defendants during trial this week for sale of untaxed cigarettes.

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Kent Amazon facility now shipping

03/29/16

Kent Amazon facility now shipping

More than one thousand new workers have opened Amazon's newest shipping facility in Kent.

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03/29/16

REI to leave Kent for Bellevue

City of Kent learned today that it will be losing a major corporate headquarters in the years ahead, as REI announced plans to camp in Bellevue about four years in the future.

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03/29/16

Capital area tourism in focus

Tourism advocates and service providers in the greater Olympia marketplace are beginning research to arrive at an updated brand and marketing message.

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03/29/16

PUD 3 opposes carbon tax idea

Opponents to a proposed 'Carbon Tax' in Washington are lining up, including a local public utility district.

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03/29/16

South Sound jobless rates unchanged

February unemployment data was released for counties statewide today, with the South Sound’s jobless rates remaining mostly unchanged.

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03/28/16

New CFO for Commencement Bank

Commencement Bank has a new chief financial officer, bringing in 18-year industry veteran Darin Johnson.

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03/28/16

Personal data still missing after burglary arrest

Burglars made away with potentially thousands of people’s data when they hit several federal offices located at 711 Capitol Way South in Olympia, including the Federal Department of Child Support Enforcement.

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03/28/16

Sound Credit Union CEO retiring after 35 years

After 35 years, 16 mergers, 24 branch openings and a transition from federal to state charter, Sound CEO Richard Brandsma will be retiring this month.

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03/28/16

Tacoma takes closer look at plastic bag ban

The City of Tacoma is considering an ordinance that would ban plastic bags outright and put a fee of at least five cents on paper bags.

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03/28/16

Strickland traveling to Asia for investment opportunity

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and staff from the Economic Development Department are heading to China and Vietnam to try and attract more investment.

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03/25/16

Construction moving forward on new Amtrak station

The new Amtrak Cascades station in Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square is moving forward, the Department of Transportation announced yesterday evening.

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03/25/16

Our Town America opens franchise in Lakewood

Our Town America, a direct mail marketing program specializing in delivering “warm community welcome packages filled with free offers for new residents,” has opened up its doors in Lakewood.

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03/25/16

People on the move: New hires, promotions and awards

This week's People on the Move includes The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Kitsap Bank, LaborWorks, Umpqua Bank and the University of Puget Sound.

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03/25/16

Several South Sound projects on Sound Transit 3 draft

While much of the attention may be placed on Seattle projects, the South Sound is getting some love on the Sound Transit 3 draft project list, too.

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03/24/16

Food truck pod coming to Des Moines

This summer, Des Moines will be hosting its first ever “food truck pod” at the city’s Marina Park.

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03/24/16

WSHA head announces retirement

After five years, Scott Bond, CEO and president of the Washington State Hospital Association, is on the way out.

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OMB rallies to build new lighthouse for Hands On Children's Museum

03/24/16

OMB rallies to build new lighthouse for Hands On Children's Museum

A 30-foot-tall lighthouse is coming to the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia, courtesy of the Olympia Master Builders.

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03/24/16

Federal Way business owner jailed for food stamp fraud

John Comoza, former owner of John’s Meats and Seafood in Federal Way, is now serving jail time after committing food stamp fraud.

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03/23/16

New auto dealer in Chehalis

I-5 Auto Group adds another local dealership to its Lewis and Thurston County network.

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03/23/16

Metro Parks to seek new leader

Tacoma's nationally accredited park system, Metro Parks Tacoma, will be looking for a new leader over the next six months, after a retirement announcement from Jack Wilson.

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03/23/16

New connection for Olympia advisors

Three financial advisers in Olympia have connected with a national financial services firm out of Kentucky to better serve their local clients.

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03/23/16

Unemployment still 5.8%, but more jobs added

Employers in Washington created more than 10,000 new jobs between January and February of this year, with the strongest gains in construction.

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03/23/16

Shelton hospital 1st ‘stroke-ready’ in state

National certification for its capability to serve stroke patients has been granted to Mason General Hospital and Family of Clinics.

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03/23/16

New mental care in Auburn

South King County will have a new facility providing psychiatric in-patient care next week. MultiCare Auburn Medical Center has constructed a 20-bed unit for adult behavioral health services.

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03/22/16

Capital Medical Center operator enters merger

There is a bit of shuffling happening with the operator of Capital Medical Center in Olympia, though its future sale still remains imminent.

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03/22/16

Kent aerospace supplier planning expansion

According to a permit application with the City of Kent, Exotic Metals Forming Company is looking to build a new 127,163 square-foot manufacturing facility.

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Winkle, Stevens top Financial Execs

03/22/16

Winkle, Stevens top Financial Execs

Jim Winkle, CFO of Lacey’s Harbor Wholesale Foods, was named large company South Sound Financial Executive of the Year at a luncheon in Tacoma today.

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03/21/16

New money comes to Kent

The strong South King County economy has attracted institutional real estate investment money to an apartment complex in Kent. The buyer specifically noted that job creation is linked to rent increases as an attractive feature.

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03/21/16

Expanding into the O.C.

From its Puget Sound roots, Kidder Mathews continues an expansion throughout southern California, announcing a new office today in Irvine.

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03/21/16

Financial Execs lunch: Sold out

The tables are set (and full) for Tuesday's Financial Executives of the Year recognition luncheon in downtown Tacoma.

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03/21/16

New rules: Construction & Gophers

Construction projects in Thurston County this summer may benefit from new process changes to the required environmental reviews to protect native gopher species.

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03/21/16

Candidates 2016 in town, traffic snarls, too

For about two days, western Washington will have a chance to be part of the nation's Presidential Primary media circus. Bernie Sanders was in Seattle Sunday evening and Hillary Clinton arrives tomorrow. Chelsea Clinton will carry the banner in Tacoma.

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03/18/16

Container volume continues to grow for Seaport Alliance

The partnership between the Ports of Tacoma and Seattle enjoyed a big February cargo hike, with container volumes up 21 percent compared to the same month last year, according to a report from the Northwest Seaport Alliance.

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03/18/16

Rebrand, refurbishing for Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum

The Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum is no more — rebranded to Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum.

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03/18/16

UV cleaning technology debuts at St. Joseph Medical Center

Tacoma's St. Joseph Medical Center — part of the CHI Franciscan Health network —has become the first hospital in the Pacific Northwest to deploy a new ultraviolet room disinfection system.

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03/18/16

"Productive conversations" postpone strike at Kent distributor

A strike at Kent's Columbia Distributing appears to have been averted — for now, at least — thanks to "productive conversations with several of Columbia's key business partners."

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03/17/16

Housing Summit coming to Lacey

The 2016 Housing Summit, presented by Olympia Master Builders and Thurston County Realtors, is coming to town next week.

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03/17/16

Notable new hires in South Sound

Timberland Bank, Phillips Burgess, TrueBlue and South Puget Sound Community College announce some new faces.

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03/17/16

Major limestone supplier shutting down Tacoma operations

Graymont, a British Columbia-based lime and limestone product supplier, is shutting down some operations at its Tacoma plant and could leave the city altogether.

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03/17/16

Navigating financial success at ports

Putting to work experience from 25 years in Washington public ports, Jeff Smith is currently director of finance and real estate for Port of Olympia. And he is a finalist for 2016 Financial Executives of the Year.

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03/16/16

Thurston EDC to recognize businesses

Thurston Economic Development Council will be honoring area companies and nonprofits during its annual Business Recognition Awards.

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03/16/16

Top Places to Work nominees, where’s yours?

A couple more weeks remain to nominate companies and non-profit or government organizations for Top Places to Work recognition, joining 17 current nominees.

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03/16/16

Local luxury home builder changing name

Pierce County-based luxury home builder Beverly Homes is announcing a name change to Corliss Homes.

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03/16/16

‘Feeling the mission,’ even when saying ‘No’

Mature judgment, technical innovation, personal commitment to mission are three important attributes that caused co-workers t endorse Ken Shalik, CFO at Tacoma Housing Authority, for 2016 Financial Executives of the Year.

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03/15/16

New proposal emerges for consolidated Pierce County offices

Months after voters turned down a proposal for general services building that would have consolidated offices for Pierce County employees, a new proposal was announced today to provide new facilities.

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03/15/16

New COO at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital

Jennifer Hamilton has been named the new chief operating officer for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.

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03/15/16

Spanaway company fined by L&I for safety violations

Viking Cabinets Inc., located of Spanaway, has been fined $107,000 by Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.

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03/15/16

Blazing new trails in financial service

CFO Mark Horaski was hired when Valley Regional Fire Authority began serving three South King County cities nine years ago, and he has become a statewide authority in superior financial management practices since. He's also a finalist for Financial Executive of the Year.

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03/14/16

Group Health members say yea to acquisition

A solid majority of Group Health Cooperative members supported the organization’s acquisition by Kaiser Permanente, according to a resolution vote on Saturday.

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03/14/16

PSE picking up pieces after stormy Sunday

Puget Sound Energy is out in full force today after a tumultuous windy Sunday that saw thousands lose power, a semi-truck flip over on the Narrows Bridge, seawater swamping cars on ferries, waves pounding the I-90 floating bridge and a man die in Seward Park.

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03/14/16

Haggen will live on, but in name only

According to a press release sent out today, officially announcing the sale of its 29 core stores, the company announced that 15 stores will continue flying under the Haggen banner.

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03/14/16

Building community with careful philanthropy

When diverse individuals and organizations combine their financial resources for betterment of their community, it is important that stewardship of those funds be stellar, above reproach. And that describes Shirley Tompkins, a finalist for Financial Executive of the Year.

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03/11/16

Haggen to sell off core stores to Albertsons

Haggen announced that 29 core stores will be sold to Albertsons. That includes four locations in the South Sound.

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Oldcastle breaks ground in Frederickson

03/11/16

Oldcastle breaks ground in Frederickson

National concrete manufacturer Oldcastle, which is the North American arm of the Ireland-based company CRH plc, is setting up shop in Frederickson.

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03/11/16

Pierce County contractor allegedly steals $156,000 in taxes

The Washington State Attorney General filed charges today against Pierce County contractor Kurtisy Construction LLOC, alleging the company stole $156,000 in retail sales taxes.

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Huge data center comes online in Puyallup

03/11/16

Huge data center comes online in Puyallup

Hidden in the trees in South Hill, just a few blocks away from the hustle and bustle of Meridian, is a large, two-building, 376,000 square-foot data center, called the Transpacific Hub. It officially came online today.

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03/11/16

Passion for helping, through numbers

When the mission is to find ways to provide affordable housing options to residents of three counties, efficient and innovative financing processes can bring success. That is the story over the past 37 years of Brian Sanda's work at Community Action Council.

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03/10/16

Local cities, counties to see tax rate changes in April

A reminder from Washington State Department of Revenue: Businesses and consumers can expect to see bumps in their sales tax rates on purchases starting Friday, April 1.

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03/10/16

TCC's first four-year degree to launch later this year

Tacoma Community College has announced its first four-year degree program: a bachelor's of applied science in health information management.

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03/10/16

Sales growth 40% in 3.5 years, by the numbers

A rapidly growing family distribution firm tapped CFO Jim Winkle to keep its numbers aligned and nominates him for Financial Executive of the Year.

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03/09/16

State sees continued job growth in January

New numbers from the state’s Employment Security Department show that Washington added 12,800 new nonfarm jobs, on a preliminary, seasonally adjusted basis, from December 2015 to January 2016.

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Alaffia seeks to create 'social movement' in Togo

03/09/16

Alaffia seeks to create 'social movement' in Togo

To raise awareness about the projects happening in Africa, Alaffia hosted the “Ladies of Togo” tour at Whole Foods in University Place.

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03/09/16

Geotechnical promotion, addition

Two multi-state geotechnical firms based in the South Sound announced executive appointments this week.

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03/09/16

From outside accountant to inside CFO

Managing the fiscal impact of a major interruption of company operations merits consideration of Jutta Stevens for Financial Executive of the Year.

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03/08/16

19th straight Fortune honor for REI

One of the 100 best workplaces in the nation resides (again) right here in the South Sound: Kent-based REI.

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03/08/16

Deadline coming up for retail marijuana stores

The application deadline for new marijuana retail licenses is coming up on March 31, at 5 p.m.

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03/08/16

Converse comes to The Outlet Collection

The Outlet Collection Seattle, based in Auburn, just landed a major retailer that should help solidify its reputation as an outlet mall.

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Major expansion planned for 90-year-old senior community

03/08/16

Major expansion planned for 90-year-old senior community

A 90-year-old Tacoma nonprofit senior living community, Franke Tobey Jones, is planning a major expansion.

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03/08/16

Columbia Bank’s EVP/chief credit officer feted

The financial system collapse of 2008 and thereafter welcomed Andy McDonald to his new role as chief credit officer and EVP at Columbia Bank. The CEO says his performance in the role was key to the bank's strength and growth.

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03/07/16

New residential building coming to Hilltop

The plan is to redevelop a vacant commercial building into a three-story, 26-unit residential building, featuring two work-live units.

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Tacoma looking for transit-oriented development

03/07/16

Tacoma looking for transit-oriented development

According to the request for interest released by the city, the hope is for a high-density commuter housing project with a minimum of 100 market rate housing units.

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03/07/16

Retail could be future of West Olympia neighborhood

At a workshop on Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 p.m. at Marshall Middle School Library (3939 20th Avenue Northwest), residents can help determine the future of the 135-acre area dubbed Kaiser-Harrison. According to a report, the Kaiser Harrison area needs “catalytic action to realize its development potential.” Right now, inappropriate zoning and potentially low rents act as barriers to growth.

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03/07/16

Exec helps family biz make music, money

Described by his CEO as an accountant with a sense of humor, Jon Everett is controller for Ted Brown Music in Tacoma, and a finalist for 2016 Financial Executive of the Year.

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03/04/16

New hires of note

Several businesses announced new hires this week, including Bank of the West, Frost & Company, Architects Rasmussen Triebelhorn and the City of Gig Harbor.

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03/04/16

Report: 242,000 jobs added in February

The job market is growing, according to the latest U.S. employment report, with business owners hiring on 242,000 additional workers in the month of February.

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03/04/16

Audit: Western State Hospital overpaid employee $71,753

In another episode of Western State Hospital’s beleaguered saga, an audit released yesterday reveals the system overpaid an employee by $71,753.

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03/03/16

Seattle real estate firm buys DuPont apartment complex

A Seattle real estate investment company has acquired Clock Tower Village, a DuPont apartment complex, for $30 million.

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03/03/16

CHI Franciscan teams with Mariners, Sounders

CHI Franciscan Health has been busy in free agency, signing marketing partnerships with the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Sounders FC, Tacoma Rainiers and Tacoma Stars.

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03/03/16

'Recovery in 7th inning, could go past 9'

America's economy is not stumbling toward the next recession, despite what presidential candidates might say, according to the chief commercial bank economist for Chase.

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Hospital keeps humming after car crashes into wall

03/03/16

Hospital keeps humming after car crashes into wall

In the latest car-crashes-into-building news, Capital Medical Center in Olympia had a considerable chunk taken out of it yesterday afternoon when a vehicle came flying into one of its walls.

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03/02/16

South Sound executives of note

In this week's South Sound executives of note: new additions at Korsmo and Rush Commercial, a new South King County vice president at Columbia Bank, Life Care adds an on-site physician in Gig Harbor, and more.

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03/02/16

Tacoma-PC EDB claims 95-to-1 ROI

More than 500 attendees at today's Annual Meeting luncheon by EDB for Tacoma-Pierce County hear about the community's success in attracting and retaining employers, while also expanding the positive financial impacts from tourism.

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03/02/16

State begins review of Group Health acquisition

Kaiser Permanente’s formal application to acquire Group Health Cooperative has now arrived at Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s desk.

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03/02/16

Tacoma Goodwill acquires 'Suited for Success' program

The official reasoning is that the move will make the program “more available to the unemployed in Pierce County,” by aligning it with other Goodwill job service programs.

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03/01/16

Adolfson & Peterson adds to PNW leadership team

Adolfson & Peterson Construction has named Kris Beason vice president and general manager for its Pacific Northwest region.

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03/01/16

New executive VP for Heritage Bank

Heritage Bank has announced the promotion of Cindy M. Huntley to executive vice president and director of retail banking.

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03/01/16

For better or worse, small biz owners like Trump

Which candidate do small business owners nationwide favor? For better or worse, a new poll says it’s the Donald.

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