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May 2017

U.S. new residential sales fell in April

05/23/17

U.S. new residential sales fell in April

Sales of new single-family residences nationally dropped off in April, compared to March 2017, but remained slightly ahead of the same month last year.

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05/23/17

Efforts to benefit women, girls get $80k+

Women (and men) who support local projects focused on increasing financial stability and self-sufficiency for women and girls in Thurston County just completed a funding round.

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05/23/17

$51,900 fine for King Co. movers

State regulators today announced a penalty against one moving company operating throughout King County for drivers qualification and equipment violations.

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Unemployed rates keep falling

05/23/17

Unemployed rates keep falling

New jobs are being created at a faster pace than the South Sound workforce is growing, leading to lower April jobless rates that in any month for almost a decade.

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05/22/17

Thurston realtors invest in community

Real estate agents are quite busy in today's red-hot residential market, but a large number of them from Thurston County took the day off on Friday, to work in their community.

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05/22/17

Artist Trust award to Vashon resident

An annual artistic award goes this year to a resident of Vashon Island in south King County.

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05/22/17

State $$ to Port of Chehalis

Washington's Department of Commerce has signed on as a funding partner for new development in planning by Lewis County economic development interests.

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Second large Proctor project starts

05/22/17

Second large Proctor project starts

Tacoma's Proctor neighborhood is once again bustling with construction activity as the second significant multi-family, mixed use project is underway.

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05/22/17

New name, same mission for nonprofit

An operator of seven local food banks in Pierce County is changing its brand and name to update its four decade-plus operations.

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05/19/17

Pier 4 reconfiguration at Port of Tacoma nears halfway

Progress on the reconfiguration of Pier 4 at the Port of Tacoma is coming along, according to the latest update for the Northwest Seaport Alliance.

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05/19/17

Study estimates Clover Park impact at $187.9 million

Clover Park Technical College adds nearly $200 million annually to Pierce County’s economy, according to a new study by Economic Modeling Specialists International.

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05/19/17

South Sound franchisees honored by national hotel chain

Satpal and Pinder Sohal, owners of the La Quinta Inn & Suites locations in Olympia and Auburn, were recognized by the nationwide lodging chain as the 2016 Franchisee of the Year.

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05/19/17

Port of Chehalis to receive $765K from state

Port of Chehalis will receive a $665,000 loan and a $100,000 grant from the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board for the Pinnacle Construction Project.

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05/18/17

Tacoma remains fast, competitive housing market

Tacoma is among the fastest housing markets in the country, according to the newest report by Seattle-based residential brokerage Redfin.

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05/18/17

TCC's new Community Health degree approved

With the health care industry going strong in the region, Tacoma Community College’s board of trustees has approved the school’s proposed new Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Community Health.

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05/18/17

MultiCare hospitals recognized for stroke care

MultiCare Health System's hospitals have again earned recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for their stroke care programs.

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05/18/17

Honors for Gig Harbor retirement community

Century Park Associates recently named Harbor Place at Cottesmore as its Community of the Year for 2017.

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05/17/17

Oly VCB hands out Thurston County Tourism awards

The Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau has honored four individuals for their work in promoting tourism to the region with this year’s Thurston County Tourism awards.

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05/17/17

Washington hits historic low for unemployment in April

Washington added 1,200 new jobs in April and the unemployment rate fell from 4.7 to 4.6 percent – matching the state’s historic low for unemployment.

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05/17/17

More SBA accolades for banks

Financial institutions that serve small business customers received recognition from the federal government this month as part of the annual Small Business Week celebration.

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05/17/17

People on the Move

These company and government agency leaders have new positions or responsibilities.

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05/16/17

New board chair at Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Lutheran University has announced the election of Ed Grogan to chair of the Board of Regents.

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05/16/17

Developer buys Tacoma transload facility leased to Goodwill

Developer CenterPoint Properties has announced the acquisition of a Tacoma transload facility fully leased to Goodwill.

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05/16/17

World Vision among 'Healthiest Companies in America'

Business wellness consultant Interactive Health has named its Healthiest Companies in America, and one Washington company made the list: Federal Way’s World Vision.

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Amazon advice, gift to local food bank

05/15/17

Amazon advice, gift to local food bank

A corporate community partner brought employees and a big check to Sumner Community Food Bank Monday to kick off an expansion funding campaign.

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05/15/17

Could NW Seaport Alliance partner with Port of Quincy?

The Port of Quincy, in inland Grant County, could soon have an impact on cargo leaving the Port of Tacoma.

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05/15/17

Abridged name, new brand for Tacoma Convention Center

The Greater Tacoma Convention Center got a slight tweak to its moniker to go with a fresh new brand identity announced today.

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05/15/17

Taste of Thurston? Fan vote says apple fritters

Apple fritters are the official Ice Chips flavor of Thurston County.

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05/12/17

Washington's real GDP among fastest growing in 2016 4Q

Washington’s real gross domestic product — GDP adjusted for inflation — increased by 3.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to statistics released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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05/12/17

Federal Way exec new head of Life Care's western operations

Todd W. Fletcher has been named vice president of western operations for Life Care Centers of America.

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05/11/17

MGH Olympic Clinic honored for cancer care work

National HMO Qualis Health has honored Mason General Hospital Olympic Physicians for its work advancing cancer care in Mason County.

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05/11/17

New executive officer for Olympia Master Builders

Olympia Master Builders has announced a leadership change with the promotion of Angela White to executive officer effective June 5.

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05/11/17

Holiday shopping helps boost 2016 4Q sales

New numbers from the Washington State Department of Revenue show that holiday shoppers helped boost the state’s taxable retail sales in the fourth quarter of 2016, reaching $38.2 billion.

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05/11/17

New Tacoma marketing firm to support construction, real estate

Real estate developers, contractors, architects and engineers in the South Sound have a new marketing option with the launch of new strategy firm Tairis Group in Tacoma.

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05/10/17

Pierce, Tacoma officials launch "The Place for Jobs" initiative

At today’s Manufacturing-Industries-Maritime luncheon hosted by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, local officials kicked off a “major new initiative” aimed at promoting Pierce County as “The Place for Jobs.”

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05/10/17

Oly's Spire Mountain collaborates with Jones Soda

Seattle’s Jones Soda is old enough to drink — and the nationally prominent beverage company has reached out to an Olympia cidery to celebrate.

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05/10/17

Area software firms join forces as Good Done Great acquires WPG

Good Done Great, a philanthropy software company jointly based in Tacoma and Charleston, S.C., has announced the acquisition of fellow Tacoma firm WPG Solutions.

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05/10/17

Tacoma shopping center acquired by San Diego property firm

San Diego-based property firm Retail Opportunity Investments Corporation has acquired Highland Hill Shopping Center in Tacoma.

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05/09/17

Federal procurement workshop coming to Tacoma

A free event designed to help small businesses understand the federal procurement process is coming to Washington for the first time.

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05/09/17

REI makes Forbes' top employers list

Forbes has released its 2017 list of America’s Best Employers, with one South Sound company making the list: Kent’s REI.

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05/09/17

MultiCare adds new Spokane-based leadership

MultiCare Health System has announced that David O’Brien will be the new senior vice president and chief executive of the company’s East Region.

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‘Greeners’ win UWT Biz Plan contest

05/08/17

‘Greeners’ win UWT Biz Plan contest

Producers of a hard cider beverage product in Olympia earned a big jump-start with the top prize in a business plan competition for military veterans entering entrepreneurship through local higher education studies.

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05/08/17

Gift of cash, not a tub, to JBLM residence

Family members of military and retired patients at Madigan Army Medical Center will benefit from a weekend donation from Olympic Hot Tubs.

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05/08/17

No government work for ‘wage cheats’

State and local government contracts are no longer available to any company that's been found guilty of wage theft, under a new law signed today at the state capital.

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05/08/17

Chamber ‘spotlights’ military supporter

A specialist in labor relations, workforce development and organizational consulting is being honored by a local chamber of commerce for his commitment to support military members of the community.

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05/08/17

How to classify military base jobs?

As part of planning process for the South Sound and region into the year 2040, policy analysts and elected officials are looking into how to count the vast military-related employment impacts.

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05/08/17

Federal inspectors back at Western State

A survey team from the federal government has returned to Lakewood for a re-survey of operations and conditions at Western State Hospital. A visit last year resulted in a plan to make significant improvements or lose federal funding.

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05/05/17

South Sound contractors win at regional ABC awards

Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington held its 2017 Excellence in Construction Awards last night, with a pair of South Sound builders taking home awards during the ceremony.

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05/05/17

New legislation to realign public hiring to aid veterans

Washington will begin building a peer-to-peer network for veterans support services, a plan that will include restructuring public employment hiring to benefit military personnel.

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05/05/17

Heritage banker named SBA's Financial Services Advocate of the Year

Addie Roberge, SBA commercial lender at Heritage Bank, has been named by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the 2017 Financial Services Advocate of the Year.

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05/05/17

Housing market getting especially discouraging for first time buyers

“Frustrating” is how brokers are summarizing the mood of buyers, brokers – and industry professionals – during the current housing market frenzy.

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05/04/17

Thurston United Way executive director announces departure

After seven years at the helm of the United Way of Thurston County, Executive Director Paul Knox has announced his departure by the end of 2017.

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05/04/17

Tacoma firm releases philanthropy software for small biz

Good Done Great has announced the release of a new software platform designed to meet the philanthropic needs of small to mid-sized businesses.

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05/04/17

California company buys Tacoma construction products distributor

Construction product distributor Gypsum Wallboard Supply, located in Tacoma, has been acquired by Foundation Building Materials, Inc., one of the largest specialty distributors of wallboard and suspended ceiling systems in the United States and Canada.

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05/04/17

Tacoma's Sprague Pest Solutions expands into California

Tacoma’s Sprague Pest Solutions has acquired TMC Pest Management of Bakersfield, Calif., expanding the fifth-generation company into California.

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05/03/17

Tacoma picks four finalists for city manager position

Tacoma’s City Council has selected four finalists to succeed T.C. Broadnax as city manager.

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05/03/17

Main Street tax credit program could expand

Community organizations looking to aid downtown businesses could soon get a legislative lift, as a bill allowing more donations toward revitalizing main street businesses was passed unanimously by the state Senate yesterday.

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05/03/17

Federal numbers show falling unemployment in Tacoma

The latest numbers from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show a falling unemployment rate in the Tacoma-Lakewood metropolitan division, both month to month and year over year.

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05/03/17

New Olympia nonprofit to help job seekers in IT

Puget Sound’s already bustling IT industry continues to grow, and a new Olympia-based nonprofit aims to help local job seekers get a leg up in the field.

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05/02/17

New CEO front and center at Goodwill Ready to Work luncheon

Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region held its annual Ready to Work Luncheon today, with new president and CEO Lori Forte Harnick front and center as the Tacoma-based nonprofit announced a number of new programs.

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05/02/17

MultiCare, mental health provider Navos announce affiliation

MultiCare Health System has formalized an affiliation with Seattle-based mental health provider Navos.

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05/02/17

Small biz optimism maintains in latest U.S. Bank survey

According to the newest U.S. Bank Small Business Annual Survey, entrepreneurs across the country are encouraged, sensing growth opportunities and preparing for capital investments.

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05/02/17

Small Businesses gathering, learning

Small business owners often learn company lessons by listening to each other. Such is the case this week during a "Summit" being held in Tacoma.

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05/01/17

Business tools added to City of Tacoma websites

The City of Tacoma has added two new business intelligence tools on its Community and Economic Development Department webpages.

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05/01/17

VIBE business plan competition finalists announced

Five teams have advanced to the final round of the inaugural VIBE Business Plan Competition.

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05/01/17

TrueBlue posts first quarter decrease in revenue

TrueBlue has announced its 2017 Q1 results, with the loss of business from Amazon continuing to impact the company's revenues.

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05/01/17

Longshore workers to vote on extending PMA contract

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union — which includes more than 14,200 workers at West Coast ports — will have the chance to vote to extend their current contract with employers for another three years.

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