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November 2012

11/30/12

State website for public info redesigned

Washington State’s information and services web portal, has been redesigned in response to customer feedback.

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11/30/12

New water treatment in Lacey next week

City of Lacey Water Utility will begin treatment of water from a well located in the Capital City Golf Club neighborhood next week, the first week of December.

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11/30/12

No general rate increase in 2013 from L&I

Tthere will be no overall increase in workers’ compensation insurance premiums in 2013. This is the second year in a row that L&I has held overall rates flat.

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11/30/12

Politicians discourage small biz owners

Small business owners as a group are now the most pessimistic they have been since the third quarter of 2010, according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index.

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11/30/12

PSE fined, residential customers refunded

State regulators fined Puget Sound Energy (PSE) $430,000 for improperly charging residential disconnect-visit fees to electricity and natural gas customers.

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11/29/12

Bridge dollars coming to Pierce County

Pierce County and Puyallup bridges are among 70 city and county projects across the state will receive a portion of $130 million in federal funds to repair or replace aging bridges.

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11/29/12

Yakima man will walk free next week

St. Joseph Medical Center and Orthopedic Surgeon John Bargren, MD, are partnering to provide hip replacement for a patient at no charge as part of Operation Walk USA, a campaign that promotes orthopedic care for individuals who cannot afford to pay.

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11/29/12

Sumner repair shop settles with AG

An investigation into consumer sales practices of Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning of Sumner by the Attorney General’s Office today resulted in a consent decree -- a settlement -- sent for filing in King County Superior Court.

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11/29/12

$868k from Powerball for Washingtonians

There were 155,703 winning tickets sold in Washington among a total of 8,924,125 Powerball winners across the country last night. These winning tickets are worth a total of more than $868,000 to residents of our state.

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11/29/12

Poll: Changes will hurt charitable giving

Americans intuitively understand the value of the charitable tax deduction and without tax incentives for charitable contributions, 30 percent of Americans would reduce their giving levels, according to a United Way Worldwide poll.

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11/29/12

Umpqua builds up real estate presence

Umpqua Bank is building up its commercial real estate presence in the Pacific Northwest.

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11/28/12

Businesses, schools to test new drivers

Beginning this Saturday, the state Department of Licensing will no longer provide testing for new drivers in Federal Way, Parkland, Lacey, Centralia or 15 other Washington communities.

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11/28/12

Thurston per capita retail $ above average

Thurston and Pierce are both within the top nine counties of Washington for 2011 per capita retail sales, in a new published survey by a California firm.

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11/28/12

Employment picture looking better

While they are not necessarily bringing out champagne to celebrate, it does appear employers, especially in the Tacoma-region, have been able to hold on and are even hiring more. Unemployment rates were lower in October than a year earlier in 329 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 37 areas, and unchanged in 6 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

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11/28/12

Corporate parties on the rise

Strong corporate profits are giving some companies reason to celebrate. A new survey shows that more than 83 percent are planning year-end holiday parties this year, up from 68 percent in 2011.

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11/28/12

Evergreen named 'Best for Vets'

Evergreen ranked 47 among four-year schools recognized as "Best for Vets" by Military Times.

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11/28/12

People continue to buy homes in 2012

It wasn't as common to buy a home this October as it was in September. However, people were still in a buying mood compared to October 2011.

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11/27/12

Tacoma's Oct. container volumes up 34%

Port of Tacoma’s international container volumes improved 20 percent year to date through October, even as peak shipping season began winding down.

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11/27/12

$5.5 billion Spent “Shopping Small”

Small businesses across the country got their holiday season off to a strong start as millions of U.S. consumers “shopped small” on Small Business Saturday.

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11/27/12

Giving Tuesday, turn-about from buying

Today is Giving Tuesday, a new day designated for giving, rather than getting. After four days focused on holiday shopping – Thanksgiving evening special openings, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday – the goal of Giving Tuesday is simple: let's all give back together. The Fedral Way-based Christian humanitarian organization World Vision is joining nearly two thousand organizations nationwide challenging Americans to take part in this new national movement. While participating organizations have each created their own project to give back, World Vision is uniquely encouraging several virtual volunteerism activities. "Giving Tuesday is intended to open the holiday season on a philanthropic note and put heart back into the...

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11/27/12

Getting your bank to say 'yes'

The key word at Business Examiner's Power Breakfast today was short and simple – yes. Steve Abercrombie of Profit Soup gave attendees of the morning event held at ShoWare Center a detailed path on how to get a banker to say yes to a loan.

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11/26/12

Sweet 'scents' of retail success

Scientists and business people have known for decades that certain scents -- pine boughs at Christmas, baked cookies in a house for sale -- can get customers in the buying spirit.

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11/26/12

Downtown Oly gets more ambassadors

Olympia’s Downtown Ambassador Program is partnering with the Parking and Business Improvement Area (PBIA) to provide additional coverage in downtown Olympia this holiday season.

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11/26/12

HS students learning finance -- online

Students at A.G. West Black Hills High School in Tumwater will be learning personal finance lessons inter-actively, thanks to a donation from Heritage Bank.

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11/26/12

Award-winning approach to new business

Federal Way-based Orion Industries won a big award in its nonprofit employee training industry earlier this month and now wants to build from that to serve even more companies and clients.

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11/26/12

National firm to give free job-search advice

Global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. will suspend normal business operations for two days so that its staff of professional counselors can provide free job-search advice to callers from across the country. The firm's 27th annual two-day national job-search call-in takes place December 27 and 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Standard Time.

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11/26/12

Foot traffic up on Black Friday

When compared to Black Friday last year, retail foot traffic rose 3.5 percent to more than 307.67 million store visits, according to ShopperTrak estimates. Initial findings, however, also show that retail sales decreased 1.8 percent with shoppers spending an estimated total of $11.2 billion last Friday.

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11/26/12

Small Business Saturday successful

Small Business Saturday was a success, according to South Sound businesses.

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11/26/12

Red Lion Hotel coming to Kent

There will soon be a Red Lion Hotel in Kent, as owners of the present Quality Inn & Suites have signed a franchise agreement with the Spokane-based chain.

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11/23/12

Around the Sound Nov. 26 to Dec. 1

Tuesday, Nov. 27 Power Breakfast – South King County is at ShoWare Center, Kent, from 7:30-9 a.m. Steve Abercrombie from Profit Soup will share “How to Get Your Bank to Say Yes” – and your business can take off in the new year.  Sponsored by Heritage Bank.  Ask your local branch officer for a ticket or buy one ($28) at www.BusinessExaminer.com/power.  Saturday, Dec. 1 Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce 32nd Annual Awards Dinner at 6 p.m., Canterwood Golf & Country Club. Cocktail Hour, Dinner, Awards Presentation, Dessert Dash and Silent Auction, plus JBLM Santa’s Castle Toy Drive.  For more information, call (253) 851-6865. Submit calendar items to news@BusinessExaminer.com or you can post...

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11/23/12

Online sales to ramp up Monday

PriceGrabber's latest survey reveals that Cyber Monday (Nov.26) will be even bigger this year, with 41 percent of consumers planning to shop online to start next week.

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Black Friday crowds go from night to day

11/23/12

Black Friday crowds go from night to day

When Tacoma Mall opened its doors at 11 p.m. a crowd of people came rushing into the facility in anticipation of the stores opening at midnight. "I was blown away by the amount of shoppers that were in there rolling up their sleeves and checking off their lists," said Sarah Bonds, director of marketing and business development for Simon Property Group, which owns The Tacoma Mall. "People were excited. They were in great moods."

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11/23/12

State Surplus sales offer bargains

Department of Enterprise Services state Surplus Program invites bids on everything from computers, to tools, to vehicles on the program’s online auction site.

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11/23/12

Study: ShoWare contributes, despite loss

A new economic impact analysis of ShoWare Center is being cited by city officials as evidence that the publicly-funded facility is helping a local economic recovery, even as it operates at a loss.

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11/23/12

Next up: Small Business Saturday

After the big business doors close, small businesses throughout the area will be putting out new floor mats reading, "Shop Small - Welcome to Small Business Saturday." These floor mats are just one way local businesses are trying to promote Small Business Saturday and compete with Black Friday, a shopping day that generally supports big businesses.

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11/23/12

Half still believe 'tis the season of giving

Despite the poor economy, people are planning to share with others this holiday season and believe that these values should be instilled in children from a very early age, according to a Razoo holiday charitable giving survey.

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11/21/12

Tacoma couple charged with L&I fraud

A Tacoma couple has been charged with one count of felony theft each for collecting workers' compensation benefits illegally. Jamie S. Beroth, 63, and her husband Lawrence J. Beroth, 67, own Beroth Drywall.

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11/21/12

$7.68 million coming for Pierce housing

Five different housing projects in Pierce County gained $7.68 million from the Housing Trust Fund, according to an announcement from the State Department of Commerce today.

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11/21/12

Home values continuing to rise

National home values continued their year-long climb in October, rising 1.1 percent from September 4.7 percent over 12 months, according to the October Zillow Real Estate Market Reports.

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11/21/12

Small Biz Saturday follows Black Friday

The third annual Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24 is a merchandising effort to celebrate and support small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

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11/21/12

Stop for Turkey Thursday, back on Friday

As American business pauses tomorrow for Thanksgiving Day, a holiday declared by the federal government decades ago, your content providers at Daily Biz Briefs will take the day off, too.

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11/21/12

Proctor to welcome upscale boutique

Goodwill opens upscale boutique in Proctor district

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11/21/12

Car sales warning: watch for wet cars

Car buyers need to watch out for sales of flood-damaged vehicles from Hurricane Sandy

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11/21/12

Ski season kicks off today

Ski and snowboarding season opens today at Crystal Mountain, the 50th winter the site has been open for cold-weather sports and activities.

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11/21/12

New tools for those wanting to build

Planning and Land Services has launched several online improvement to try making it easier for residents and businesses to apply for permits for projects in unincorporated Pierce County.

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11/21/12

Small biz expects Friday repeat of 2011

The Small Business Authority announced today that 60 percent of business owners expect Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales to remain unchanged from last year, 15 percent expect sales to decrease 4 percent or more from last year, and 25 percent expect holiday sales to increase 4 percent or more.

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11/20/12

New state AG names key staff

Attorney General-Elect Bob Ferguson has announced the appointment of the top two leadership positions for his new administration.

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11/20/12

Growing successful small farm businesses

There is a new effort to help farmers and food producers profitably grow food for their local communities.

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11/20/12

Private sector continues to add jobs in WA

Washington added 6,700 jobs from September 2012 to October 2012, according to estimates from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. But perhaps more telling is that BLS estimates the private sector added 9,600 jobs over the month and the public sector lost 2,900 jobs.

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11/20/12

Residential building remained active in Oct.

Residential building activity mostly increased in October, according to The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development statistics.

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11/20/12

Imports drive Tacoma's container volumes

Port of Tacoma international container volumes improved 20 percent year to date in October, even as peak shipping season began winding down. Total container volumes improved 34 percent over the same month last year, with 165,173 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) crossing Tacoma's terminals.

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11/19/12

Heavy rains & problems will continue

In the six hour period ending at 11 a.m. today, heavy rainfall amounts measuring from one-half to 1.5 inches has fallen across the South Sound area.

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11/19/12

Capital Medical earns Seal of Approval

Capital Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its disease specific certification for knee replacement, hip replacement, and spine surgery by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.

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11/19/12

Sealy expands to Lacey

The Thurston Economic Development Council announced today that Sealy is locating a new facility in Lacey. The mattress manufacturing plant, which is expected to be operational by April, 2013, will provide approximately 110 good-paying jobs to the local community.

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11/19/12

Fewer offices in party mode

Has the Grinch stolen the office holiday party? The answer might be yes. According to an OfficeTeam survey, more than half (52 percent) of senior managers said their employer is not holding a holiday celebration this year.

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11/19/12

Cyber Monday popularity increases

It's the seventh annual Cyber Monday next week and and consumer motivation for shopping on this day continues to grow in popularity, according to survey data from PriceGrabber.com.

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11/16/12

Saint Martin's partners with Brazilian tech institute

Saint Martin’s University may soon host its first Brazilian students and help supply educational opportunities abroad sought by that nation’s leaders to stem a shortage of skilled workers.

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11/16/12

Gap Factory Store opens at Centralia Factory Outlets

The new Gap Factory Store makes the third opening at Centralia Factory Outlets in the past year.

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11/16/12

Faster service for AT&T customers

AT&T has turned on its 4G LTE network in the South Sound, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology.

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11/16/12

Chiropractor of the Year can be found in Tacoma

Tacoma chiropractor Dr. Joel Vranna has been named “Chiropractor of the Year” by the Washington State Chiropractic Association.

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11/16/12

Tacoma biz will not be moving on

State regulators today denied a permit to a Tacoma-based residential moving company.

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11/16/12

Tourism award winners announced

Four community members received awards in honor of their dedication to tourism in Tacoma and Pierce County at the 2012 Tourism Matters Meeting + Celebrity Awards yesterday. "This is a special time when tourism industry colleagues and the agencies that provide our funding come together, reflect on the rewards of working towards common goals, and get energized about future opportunities," said Bennish Brown, president and CEO of the TRCVB.

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11/15/12

Everett arena's losses, Tacoma's gain

Kim Bedler is now on the job as Public Assembly Facilities director for City of Tacoma, with responsibility for Tacoma Dome, the downtown Convention and Trade Center, Broadway Center, Bicentennial Pavilion and Cheney Stadium.

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11/15/12

PSE buys more power generation

Puget Sound Energy today announced the purchase of a 270-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant in northwest Washington, near Ferndale, to help the utility meet its customers’ long-term electricity needs.

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11/15/12

Free fries with that?

All 73 Taco Time NW restaurants in the South Sound and rest of Washingtonwill be offering free Mexi-Fries tomorrow to celebrate the return of that original recipe.

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11/15/12

AWB, Chambers urge 'Fiscal Cliff' fix

Association of Washington Business, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and more than 200 state and local chambers urge the president and Congress to get to work resolving the nation's debt problems before the year concludes.

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11/15/12

More seasonal retail jobs, worse hours

In its holiday hiring forecast, global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. estimates that more than 400,000 temporary workers will be added to retail payrolls in the weeks ahead.

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11/15/12

Real earnings down, costs up over year

Real average hourly earnings fell 0.7 percent, seasonally adjusted, from October 2011 to October 2012.

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11/15/12

Net gain of 6,700 jobs in Oct. for Wash.

Washington’s employment picture improved again in October, with the private sector adding an estimated 9,600 jobs, seasonally adjusted. When combined with an estimated loss of 2,900 government jobs, the state netted around 6,700 jobs last month.

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11/14/12

Oberto expands to Nashville

Oberto Brands is keeping its headquarters in Kent, but expanding to a location across the country.

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11/14/12

State revenue forecast stays on track

Overall changes to the Washington state revenue forecast are slight, according to the most recent report from the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. Forecasted revenue for the current biennium has been increased by $8 million, with a $31 million positive variance in collections since the September forecast.

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11/14/12

JBLM focus of Thurston Chamber forum

I Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Robert B Brown of Joint Base Lewis-McChord talks about the future of the local military community here and in Asia.

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11/14/12

Pierce council approves budget

With a 7-0 vote, the Pierce County Council adopted its 2013 budget last night. The budget did not include a cost-of-living adjustment for employees. Rather, it spends a portion of that savings to alleviate some cuts in the Sheriff's Department.

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11/14/12

Big bank lending picking up

Approval rates for small business loans at big banks jumped 30 percent, but declined at smaller banks, according to the latest review of the Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index.

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11/14/12

U.S. retail and food services sales tick down

Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for October were $411.6 billion, a decrease of 0.3 percent from the previous month, but still 3.8 percent above October 2011. The amount was adjusted for certain factors, but not for price changes.

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11/14/12

E-commerce skills in demand

Retail organizations in the United States had more than 2,000 job ads available online during October that required e-commerce skills and experience, according to WANTED Analytics.

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11/14/12

Woman-owned biz wins $3,000 prize

C-Dub’s BBQ Rub received the $3,000 top prize at Tuesday’s Mentorship and Entrepreneurial competition organized by Women’s Resource Center and its founder, Rachel Costner.

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11/13/12

Around the Sound

Business events this week around the South Sound

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11/13/12

Liquor sales not big business, so far

Five months after Washington state moved liquor sales to the private sector, business retailers’ opinions are mixed about whether adding alcohol products has benefited the bottom line.

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11/13/12

West has longest construction backlog

Associated Builders and Contractors today reports that its Construction Backlog Indicator expanded for the second consecutive quarter and Washington, along with California and Oregon, lead the way. The CBI shows up to 8 months backlog in nonresidential construction, a 3.5 percent increase from the previous quarter. CBI is measured in months and reflects the amount of construction work under contract, but not yet completed. "The CBI indicates the West region is racing back,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “Better economic performances in markets such as Seattle, Phoenix, San Jose, Los Angeles and Las Vegas …  appear to be driven by a combination of strong demand for technology, rising levels of consumer spending and stabilizing housing...

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11/13/12

WSU to honor Sam Reed

Washington State University will establish an endowment to fund The Sam Reed Distinguished Professorship in Civic Education and Public Civility within the College of Arts and Sciences.

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11/13/12

Names chosen for new ferries

The two new Olympic Class, 144-car ferries now under construction for Washington State Ferries are being named Tokitae and Samish.

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11/12/12

Small biz still not very optimistic

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index rose 0.3 in October to 93.1; the slight uptick in the reading did not seem to indicate a dramatic shift in owner sentiment over the course of the month.

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11/12/12

Tacoma man laughing it up

Tyrone Hawkins of Tacoma is one of five semi-finalists in the Seattle International Comedy Competition as it heads into a this week's next round of shows.

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11/12/12

Hotel chose Des Moines over Tacoma

Des Moines City Councilman Bob Sheckler was in the right place at the right time to snatch up a roughly $45 million hotel development project that could have gone to Tacoma. While in China to develop a sister city relationship, Sheckler took advantage of an invite to meet Chun Yang, the owner of the hotel where he was staying.

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11/12/12

70% are working because they have to

A broad new study of American workers finds that 7-in-10 “Work-to-Live,” rather than because they enjoy their jobs.

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11/12/12

Puget Sound pollution, under 300 pages

Washington Department of Ecology has created a new, user-friendly website that condenses a 300-page on what is currently known about toxic chemical pollution in the Puget Sound region.

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11/12/12

Milgard wins recognition, for 8th time

Milgard Windows & Doors has been named the Brand Leader in Overall Vinyl Quality by BUILDER Magazine, a media source for the residential construction industry.

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Boeing 787 production rate climbs

11/12/12

Boeing 787 production rate climbs

Boeing employees last week rolled out the first 787 Dreamliner built at the new rate of five-airplanes-per-month. The airplane is the 83rd 787 to be built.

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11/12/12

'Giving Tuesday' suggested by World Vision

Federal Way-based World Vision is proposing that Giving Tuesday on Nov. 27 is an appropriate way to “give back” to those who with greater needs than our own.

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11/09/12

Holiday (for some) Monday

Most government agencies will be closed on Monday to observe the Veterans Day holiday, as well as banks and post offices.  The state’s WorkSource office notes that, in addition to expressions of gratitude for their service, my veterans could also use a job from which to enjoy a holiday off. From 2009 through 2011, the average unemployment rate for them was 8.8 percent. Joblessness is even higher for younger veterans at 12.5 percent from ages 18 to 34. And through the first 10 months of 2012, a full 11 percent of those receiving unemployment benefits in Washington were veterans, a much high rate than their proportion of the working population. National statistics for jobless veterans are available at this website. Amazon Inc. announced this week a...

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11/09/12

Veterans Day Sunday brings some 'deals'

Sunday is Veterans’ Day, the national recognition of the past (and present) military service by an ever-shrinking proportion of the U.S. population.

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11/09/12

Tacomans are 'Tops' in travel

National recognition came this week to a South Sound Travel Leaders agency.

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11/09/12

10,000 new 'green' jobs, trend is down

Washington state is near the top of a list showing more than 10,800 jobs announced in the clean energy sector and related industries in the third quarter of this year, according to the latest analysis by Environmental Entrepreneurs. The top 10 green job states in the third quarter of 2012 were (from No.1 to No.10): California, New York, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Texas, North Carolina, Minnesota, Illinois and Nevada. While significant, the job growth was dramatically less than in the previous two quarters of this year - despite an improving economy. The latest “What Clean Energy Jobs? These Clean Energy Jobs!” report suggests that what was once strong job growth in the clean energy sector is being reined in by uncertainty over politics and policies such...

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11/09/12

Election recap: Biz candidates reflect

South Sound political candidates reflect on the elections and their experiences on the campaign trail here.

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11/09/12

WWEE graduation means more skilled workers for local businesses

Today's the Washington Women's Employment and Education's Tacoma site celebrated 18 more graduates of its job skills-training program. WWEE partners with South Sound employers to match open jobs with qualified graduates.

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11/09/12

New BBQ business booming in Shelton

Smokin Mo's barbecue restaurant opened in downtown Shelton in 2007 then moved to Union for three years. Wednesday it opened again in an historic downtown building 10 times the size of the original to bring a large, family-style community restaurant into Shelton.

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11/08/12

Tacoma's award-winning 'dump' project

Northwest Construction Consumer Council honored Tacoma Solid Waste Management with the 2012 Best Public Project Under $10 Million award for its administration and fleet maintenance building remodel project.

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11/08/12

A 'first' for St. Martin's engineering

Saint Martin’s University students in the Society of American Military Engineers. They convened with professional members for the first time in the school’s new engineering building.

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11/08/12

September trade deficit narrowed a bit

Government trade monitors announced today that total September exports of $187.0 billion and imports of $228.5 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $41.5 billion, down from $43.8 billion in August, revised.

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