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March 2017

03/24/17

Tacoma becoming attractive to investors

Ever more new and expensive office construction in downtown Seattle and its suburbs has some real estate investors looking to surrounding markets for opportunity.

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03/24/17

World Trade Center confirms handoff to Chamber

An email from World Trade Center Tacoma this week confirmed the organization’s operational handoff to the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, informing recipients that the two groups had signed a letter of intent for an interim management agreement.

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03/24/17

Pierce communities 'tax friendly' for retirees

Financial technology company Smart Asset’s third annual study on the most tax friendly places for retirees, and a pair of small Pierce County communities made the top 10.

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03/24/17

DuPont ‘Intel Bldg’ to be demolished

DuPont technology center to become warehouse and distribution facility under new proposal. One-time Intel Corporate Park never fulfilled its promise.

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03/23/17

Washington is sixth 'most innovative' state

Deep budget cuts proposed by the GOP-led federal government to research and development prompted an analysis of 2017’s “most and least innovative states” by finance website WalletHub, with Washington scoring high in the study.

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03/23/17

New member appointed to area hospital district board

Gayle Weston is the newest member of Public Hospital District No. 1, replacing the recently retired Nancy Trucksess.

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03/23/17

New general contracting company opens in Tacoma

A pair of familiar names in the South Sound building community have formed their own general contracting company, Colvos Construction.

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03/23/17

Woman's fake injury claim results in fraud charge

A Puyallup woman’s fake injury claim resulted in a felony fraud charge to which she pleaded not guilty yesterday in King County Superior Court.

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03/22/17

Ramp construction for convention center hotel to begin

Work to construct a ramp from Commerce Street into the parking garage under the Greater Tacoma Convention Center is now set to begin on March 27.

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03/22/17

Tacoma Rainiers' marketing team brings home six ADDYs

The Tacoma Rainiers in-house marketing team hit a home run at the regional American Advertising Awards, bringing back six awards, including a pair of Judge’s Choice selections.

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03/22/17

State unemployment hits nine-year low

Washington’s economy added 6,100 jobs in February and the state unemployment rate fell from 5.1 to 4.9 percent – the lowest report since March 2008.

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03/21/17

GOP budget disappoints state workers

Legislative budget battles continued today with release of a two-year spending plan by Republicans that control the state senate. Absent were labor contracts negotiated by the governor and unions for most state employees.

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03/21/17

Is your workplace stressed?

Employers are beginning to view yoga and meditation as means to help their workforce be less stressed and more productive, even more so when those methods can be brought directly to the workplace.

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03/21/17

Deadline for health insurers in Washington extended

After considering health insurer concerns, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has revised the date that companies doing business in Washington state must file their proposed plans for 2018.

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03/21/17

Record number of Thurston Green businesses in 2017

A decade after its inception, the Thurston Green Business program continues to grow, with a record number of designees this year.

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03/21/17

Summit to discuss construction employment tomorrow

“Tacoma Works,” a summit focused on boosting construction employment in Tacoma and Pierce County, will kick off tomorrow at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, bringing industry stakeholders together to discuss the challenges facing the field.

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03/20/17

14 Finalists for Financial Execs awards

Financial leaders of 14 private companies, non-profit organizations and government units are being judged for 2017 South Sound Financial Executives of the Year.

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03/20/17

New Tacoma community for home building powerhouse

National home building company Lennar has announced a new community in northeast Tacoma.

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03/20/17

Wash. groups push infrastructure investment for economy

As lawmakers in D.C. mull major investments in the nation’s infrastructure, a coalition of organizations in Washington state is making a case for some of their attention to go toward the Evergreen State.

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03/20/17

MultiCare adding Indigo clinic in Puyallup

MultiCare’s Indigo Urgent Care line is getting a ninth location with tomorrow’s opening of a new Puyallup clinic.

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03/17/17

Competition pushing homes above list price in Tacoma

Competition in the housing market is fierce in the City of Destiny.

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03/17/17

Alliance to hold conference to aid vocational rehab

Software company Alliance Enterprises, Inc., of DuPont has announced a new conference, to be held Wednesday and Thursday, July 26-27 in Dallas.

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03/17/17

Lacey's Garman is WA's Small Business Person of the Year

This year’s Small Business Person of the Year has been named for every state, and Washington’s winner hails from the South Sound.

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03/16/17

State revenue grows

State lawmakers will have a bit more 'pocket change' to use as they begin serious work to write a new two-year budget. The revenue forecast out today is up $247 billion for the current period and $303 million higher for next biennium.

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03/16/17

SPSCC nursing program seeks accreditation

South Puget Sound Community College’s nursing program is taking steps toward national program accreditation through the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation.

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03/16/17

Record revenues in 2016 for REI

Outdoor retail co-op REI has announced record revenues for last year, with its $2.56 billion haul a 5.5 percent increase from 2015.

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03/16/17

Seattle Southside travel spending up 4 percent

According to new numbers from the area's tourism promotion organization, tourists spent $693 million in the Seattle Southside region in 2016, an increase of 4 percent over 2015 spending.

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03/16/17

KNKX launches rebrand

KNKX — the station formerly known as KPLU — has launched its full rebrand today, unveiling a new suite of logos and branding to reflect its focus on connection.

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03/15/17

Construction input prices also rising

Nationwide, the costs of new construction are rising, and it could become worse, if the new presidential administration succeeds in its announced plans for a $1-trillion infrastructure package.

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03/15/17

New doc at Western state

State's largest state-operated psychiatric hospital is adding a new physician with strong military experience to manage its East Campus.

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03/15/17

Inflation rates higher here

Consumers' costs of living are rising faster in western Washington than elsewhere in the country, according to a new report from federal statisticians.

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03/15/17

South Sound has most affordable rentals

The South End of Puget Sound metropolis continues to have the most affordable rental housing options, according to a new analysis released today.

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03/14/17

Grays Harbor tourism logs record revenue in 2016

Visitors to Grays Harbor injected a record amount of money into the county’s coffers in 2016, according to numbers from the county’s tourism promotional agency.

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03/14/17

Tacoma's JayRay nets pair of marketing awards

Tacoma marketing company JayRay has racked up a pair of awards for its branding, print and social media work with three local clients.

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03/14/17

Fortune lauds REI for 20th straight year

REI has made the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list for a 20th consecutive year — one of 12 businesses to be included on the annual top employer list since 1998.

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03/14/17

County unemployment numbers for January released

Washington state’s Employment Security Division released county-by-county unemployment numbers for January today, with the South Sound generally faring well compared to the rest of the state.

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03/13/17

City of Tacoma hosting free workshops on contracting

The City of Tacoma’s Office of Small Business Enterprise has partnered with its Minority Business Development Agency Business Center to host a series of free hands-on workshops.

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03/13/17

New leadership for Life Care Centers in Federal Way

Todd Fletcher has been appointed vice president of the Northwest Division of Life Care Centers of America.

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03/13/17

CHI Franciscan, Virginia Mason make partnership official

CHI Franciscan Health and Virginia Mason formalized their strategic affiliation today through the signing of a definitive agreement, making official a partnership first announced last November.

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03/13/17

Thurston County Realtors name Realtor of the Year

The Thurston County Realtors Association has named its 2016 Realtor of the Year: Jerry Wilkins, managing broker at Van Dorm Realty in Olympia.

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03/10/17

Tacoma's Good Done Great acquires Canadian firm

Hybrid for-profit/nonprofit philanthropy company Good Done Great, based jointly in Tacoma and Charleston, S.C., is expanding its Canadian services with the purchase of Dexterity Ventures Inc.

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03/10/17

Cyclocross championships to bring thousands to South Sound

Pierce County tourism will get a significant boost in December 2019 as USA Cycling has announced that Lakewood’s Fort Steilacoom Park will host that year’s Cyclocross National Championships.

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03/10/17

Kent businesses to see small garbage rate increase

Kent businesses will see a small increase in their garbage bills on April 1, after the City of Kent approved a 0.45 percent hike in Republic Services’ rates.

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03/10/17

Deadline extended on social enterprise RFI

The City of Tacoma has extended its request for interest proposal deadline to March 31 for businesses interested in partnering in a social enterprise at a 1,500-square-foot commercial space.

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03/09/17

From SSBiz: Waiting on 'Affordable Care'

Arguments being made in the halls of Congress over partisan plans to replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) have real impacts on employers, families and health care providers here in the South Sound.

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03/09/17

Traffic bump on SB5 tonight

Interstate freeway traffic southbound through Lewis County tonight will be facing delays and a detour.

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03/09/17

ST tops goals for diversity work

Women and workers of color are making strides on construction crews for regional transit projects, according to a report today.

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03/09/17

State AG will renew immigration fight

Washington state will continue its challenge to the new Presidential Executive Order on immigration, AG says.

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03/08/17

Credit card debt in America at highest point since 2008

Outstanding credit card debt in America is at the highest point since the end of 2008, with consumers in the United States racking up $60.4 billion in credit card debt during 2016’s fourth quarter.

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03/08/17

Sumner facility receives pinnacle certification

ERI, an electronic hardware recycling firm based in Fresno, Calif., has achieved AAA certification for data destruction for its Sumner facility.

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03/08/17

State jobless rate holds firm in January

Despite preliminary estimates that indicated the state lost an estimated 7,200 jobs in January, Washington’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held firm at 5.1 percent.

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03/07/17

Harborstone contributes $1,000 to MultiCare's Tree House

The third year of Harborstone’s Pay It Forward promotion led to a $1,000 contribution from the Tacoma credit union to MultiCare’s Tree House.

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03/07/17

Kreidler-backed insurance bill passes state House

A bill spearheaded by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler to protect insurance consumers from surprise medical bills passed the Washington House of Representatives yesterday on a vote of 81 to 17.

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03/07/17

New storage facility coming to Tehaleh community

The Tehaleh Planned Community in Pierce County is getting a new business with the addition of a soon-to-be constructed, locally owned 100,000-square-foot storage facility.

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03/07/17

Goodwill receiving grant for senior training

Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region, based in Tacoma, is one of 20 regional Goodwill Organizations that will split a $16.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to help older job seekers.

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03/06/17

Thurston accountable care organization selected to join national model

Northwest Momentum Health Partners in Thurston County has been chosen to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service’s accountable care organization model, dubbed Next Generation ACO.

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03/06/17

Kent's Airways Brewery to celebrate anniversary

Airways Brewery and Tap Room in Kent will celebrate its seventh anniversary on Saturday, one year after commemorating the occasion with a move.

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03/06/17

Record-low inventory continues frustrating home buyers

Home buyers are in a spring mood, but sellers are still hibernating, suggested one broker while commenting about the latest statistics from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

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03/06/17

Novelty e-retailer Thinkgeek coming to Tacoma Mall

Novelty e-store ThinkGeek will be the newest member of Tacoma Mall’s roster of retailers, with a 2,500-square-foot location opening at the Pierce County shopping complex this spring.

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03/03/17

Strong finish to 2016 at Port of Grays Harbor

Ag Processing Inc. — Port of Grays Harbor’s largest shipper — saw a record volume of agricultural exported through Terminal 2 at the Port, part of a surge that helped the facility see a strong finish to its 2016.

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03/03/17

New head for UW Tacoma's School of Education

The University of Washington Tacoma School of Education has a founding dean: Dr. Rachel Endo.

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03/03/17

Strong January for Northwest Seaport Alliance

According to the Northwest Seaport Alliance’s monthly Breakwater newsletter, the partnership kicked off 2017, appropriately, with 17 percent growth in container cargo in January.

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03/02/17

Tacoma's Sound Physicians acquires Atlanta hospitalist provider

Tacoma-based hospitalist firm Sound Physicians has announced that it has acquired Eagle’s Hospital Medicine Practices, formerly based in Atlanta.

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03/02/17

WA insurance commish speaks out against interstate sales

With talk of allowing interstate insurance sales billowing from D.C., Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued a statement cautioning against the practice.

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03/02/17

From MSFT to Goodwill

The South Sound's regional Goodwill non-profit has found its new leader, succeeding Terry Hayes, who retired last December. She is Lori Forte Harnick, currently a top manager governing the charitable giving programs at Microsoft Corp. in Redmond.

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03/02/17

‘Economy not as bad as pols say’

A major bank's economist says the large run-up in stock markets since last November's election could lead consumers to spend more in 2017, enough to raise the national GDP rate by 1 percent. His views on Tacoma were central to a breakfast session today.

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03/01/17

AWB to launch first Rural Jobs Summit in Olympia

With many of Washington’s rural counties still waiting for the economic recovery to trickle down from Seattle, the Association of Washington Business is looking to convene business leaders to help kick-start the process.

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03/01/17

Tacoma facility to join Kaiser's signage celebration

Kaiser Permanente, whose acquisition of Group Health Cooperative became permanent on Feb. 1, is marking the merger by “turning the town blue” across Washington.

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03/01/17

Strong growth can be a problem

A growing shortage of housing may impact the South Sound market of Tacoma-Pierce County, the the educated view of a regional economist. Population and jobs are growing much faster than residential units.

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03/01/17

T/PC edc celebrates ‘interesting’ year

A growing population base, with more jobs created than in prior years combined for good economic development stories to tell at a Tacoma luncheon today.

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