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November 2016

11/30/16

Workers' comp rate up 0.7 percent

The average premium for workers’ compensation coverage in Washington will go up less than 1 percent in 2017.

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11/30/16

Mason hospital commissioner chosen for national advocacy post

Scott Hilburn, chair of the Hospital Board of Commissioners at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics, has been appointed to the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance.

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11/30/16

Olympia, Tacoma among top October housing markets

Real estate valuation firm Pro Teck has released its October list of top statistical areas for residential real estate, and hovering near the top of the list are the South Sound’s anchor communities: Olympia-Tumwater at No. 3, followed one spot down by Tacoma-Lakewood.

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11/30/16

City announces upgrades to Tacoma Dome

The City of Tacoma has announced plans to renovate the Tacoma Dome, with $21.3 million in the 2016-17 biennial budget allocated toward upgrading the iconic facility.

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11/30/16

Lewis Co. senior centers $$ extended

Senior activity and nutrition centers in Lewis County will still be moving out of county government administration next year, but a budget decision made today will provide funding through all of 2017 to facilitate the transition.

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11/29/16

‘Day of Disruption’ in South Sound

Labor union advocates created a picket line and attention-getting demonstration this afternoon at St. Martin University, supporting faculty efforts to gain collective bargaining representation.

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11/29/16

$5,000 to feed families

Families needing to utilize food bank resources will be benefiting from a donation from real estate professionals in Thurston County.

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11/29/16

‘Boss of Year’ honorees named

Three top business leaders were announced today as Boss of the Year honorees in Thurston County. Formal recognition will come at a mid-December chamber of commerce luncheon.

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11/29/16

‘Super ship’ calls Tacoma for logs

The largest log-hauling ship in Trans-Pacific trade has been in Tacoma's Commencement Bay since last Thursday.

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11/29/16

More construction workers on-the-job

More new building projects in the South Sound and Seattle market mean a shrinking pool of unemployed construction workers, according to analysis released today by a trade group.

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Tacoma new hotel site work in Dec.

11/29/16

Tacoma new hotel site work in Dec.

With federal recognition of its EB-5 immigration qualification, Yareton Investment will begin in late December on site preparation for erecting a 300-room hotel adjacent to Tacoma's convention center.

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11/28/16

Does overtime rule injunction mean you need a 'do-over'?

If you are one of the employers who anticipated the overtime rule changes and have already spoken with your staff, you may need to have a “do-over” conversation. Carol Bowser of Conflict Management Strategies shares a workplace communication tip.

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11/28/16

Kent's WGU reaches pact with area educational district

Kent-based online university WGU Washington has announced a strategic partnership with Capital Region Educational Service District 113.

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11/28/16

Number of Small Biz Saturday shoppers grows

More shoppers reported visiting local independent retailers on Small Business Saturday than ever before, according to results from a study from American Express and the National Federation of Independent Business.

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11/28/16

E-commerce booms over big holiday shopping weekend

In-store traffic and sales were both down this past weekend, but online shopping surged as buying trends kept moving away from the mall and toward the Web.

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Just in time: Gift of a lifetime

11/25/16

Just in time: Gift of a lifetime

State Transportation officials will be replacing this steel bridge next summer and would like to find a new home for the 'gently used' historic structure.

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11/25/16

Services sector growth strong

Politicians are focused on the loss of American manufacturing jobs, but tend not to see the continuing growth in revenues found among the nation's Services sectors. The Census Bureau has new data.

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11/25/16

Kids benefit from Rotary, Harkness

Local merchants and members of a service club conducted a funds generating, fu event that will put area youth in a new ride for their club activities.

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11/25/16

Black Friday, #ShopSmall, Cyber Monday

'Let the shopping begin!' Actually, that might have been the exclamation yesterday afternoon and evening as major American retail chains put turkey drumsticks down to unlock their doors for bargain-hunting customers.

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Let the ‘Small’ shopping begin

11/23/16

Let the ‘Small’ shopping begin

With a whole turkey and pies headed for the oven, it won't belong before 2016 holiday shopping begins in earnest. Small Business Saturday is this weekend and local merchants are getting ready.

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11/23/16

Colder weather, warmer hearts

Columbia Bank has kicked off its annual winter drive to assist local homeless shelters and the neighbors who need their services.

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11/23/16

Lewis Co. will hand-off seniors nutrition

Senior activity and nutrition centers in Lewis County will be looking for new operators in the new year, after the 2017 budget left them out of spending priorities.

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11/23/16

October home sales revised down

Nationwide sales of new homes in October remains almost 18 percent of the 2015 pace, even after a slight drop from September to October.

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11/23/16

Some clarity on ‘exempt’ court ruling

That rule to extend over-time to your lowest paid employees: Never mind, at least for now, after a federal judge in Texas decided the federal mandate was outside the authority of U.S. Department of Labor.

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11/22/16

Olympia restaurant to go ‘tipless’

With minimum wages going up and paid sick leave becoming mandatory, one Olympia establishment is replacing voluntary tips and gratuities with a mandatory service charge.

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11/22/16

A deeper look at October jobs data

Take another look at October employment statistics from the state; they show jobs still growing and unemployment is shrinking.

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11/22/16

PUD #3: No hike for 2017 rates

More than 30,000 customers of Mason County's largest public utility district will not see any increase to their electric bills in the new year.

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11/22/16

Tacoma’s ‘maker’ space links up

Tacoma creative laboratory has joined with similar groups to form a national association that helps make, invent and create new products with high-tech tools.

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11/21/16

Senior care chain to pay $979k settlement

The former operator of a Gig harbor senior living center today agreed to settle national charges of accounting irregularities that had it keeping unearned Medicare payments.

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11/21/16

Consumers increasingly aware of Small Biz Saturday

Small Business Saturday continues to gain traction nationwide, and more consumers than ever are aware of the increasingly popular shopping “holiday.”

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11/21/16

New urgent care opens in Kent

South Sound-based CHI Franciscan today opened its second urgent care center as it continues to look for expansion areas in the larger King County marketplace.

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11/21/16

South Sound nurses honored at annual awards

South Sound health care workers were among those honored at the March of Dimes’ recent 14th annual Washington Nurse of the Year awards.

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Strong apartments market draws value

11/21/16

Strong apartments market draws value

Low vacancies and strong rental rates are bringing investors' interest to the multi-family housing sector of western Washington, even outside of downtown Seattle.

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11/18/16

MultiCare to acquire Rockwood Health in Spokane

Continuing its assertive expansion plan, MultiCare Health System today announced plans to acquire the assets of Rockwood Health System in Spokane.

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11/18/16

Seaport Alliance named WPPA's Port of the Year

The Northwest Seaport Alliance has been recognized with the Washington Public Ports Association’s 2016 Port of the Year award.

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11/18/16

Local small biz slipping

Small business ownership as a percentage of the Puget Sound population is slightly smaller now, and those firms are smaller, too, according to a new study report. Nationwide, there is also a decline in small business prominence over time.

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edg3 Fund winner: Daycare $$ plan

11/18/16

edg3 Fund winner: Daycare $$ plan

Around 300 persons gathered Thursday evening to support five entrepreneurs as they faced the judges in Kitsap Bank's edg3 Fund competition.

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11/17/16

South Sound cities among most tax-friendly for retirees

Financial technology company SmartAsset has again published a study on the link between retirement and geography — this time ranking the most tax-friendly places for retirees in Washington.

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11/17/16

More driving, congestion reported

The strong new jobs marketplace is attracting more residents -- and drivers -- to Washington's freeways and state highways. Passenger miles traveled and congestion delays are both up in the final 2015 report from WSDOT.

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11/17/16

State version of Obamacare growing

More Washington residents are turning to the state-sponsored health plan model to purchase medical care coverage, according to year-end enrollment counts.

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11/17/16

AG finds CHI Franciscan mistakes

South Sound health system patients will share more than $1 million in refunds and billing account adjustments under a settlement announced today by the state.

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11/16/16

Thurston County lauded for financial reporting

The U.S. Government Finance Officers Association has awarded Thurston County the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2016 comprehensive annual financial report.

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11/16/16

Outlet Collection latest mall to add Amazon lockers

The Outlet Collection in Auburn has added Amazon lockers to its facility, joining other retail complexes in the region in embracing online shopping trends.

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11/16/16

TAM selects contractor for Benaroya addition

Tacoma Art Museum has selected Seattle’s JTM Construction as the general contractor for its next big expansion.

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11/16/16

State adds 10,600 jobs in October

Another 10,600 new jobs were added to Washington’s economy in October, while the state’s jobless rate fell 0.2 points to 5.4 percent.

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11/15/16

EPA sets new water quality rules

Federal authorities today announced that they haveover-ruled some state environmental protection steps toward controlling toxic pollutants in Washington waters.

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11/15/16

10 arrested, businesses searched in drug sweep

A two-year investigation of suspected drug trafficking has culminated in the searches of several South Sound businesses and the arrest of 10 individuals named in a grand jury indictment.

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11/15/16

Downtown Olympia tree arrives

Christmas is still more than five weeks away, but the official holiday tree already is standing tall in a downtown Olympia park.

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11/15/16

3rd quarter housing market still strong

Continued strong demand for family housing in the state means affordability remains a challenge in some areas, especially King County.

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11/15/16

Boeing Defense to go from Kent to Tukwila

Some employees of Boeing defense and space currently based in Kent will soon be reporting to worksites in Tukwila.

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11/14/16

Assisted Living Caregiver of the Year awarded

Imane Jeaouani, resident care liaison at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way, has been named the Assisted Living Caregiver of the Year.

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11/14/16

Tacoma remains first in rapidly growing rent

Tacoma ranks first among cities with rapidly growing rent prices, according to the November 2016 National Apartment List Rent Report.

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11/14/16

New COO at Puyallup's Absher Construction

Absher Construction Company of Puyallup has announced a new addition to its leadership team, with Jeff Richards promoted to chief operations officer.

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11/14/16

Two moving companies disciplined by state

Washington state regulators have taken action against a pair of residential moving companies in the region that were operating without proper permits.

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11/11/16

Retailers report optimism, pressure for holiday season

Businesses, and especially retailers, are encouraged about this year’s holiday season.

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11/10/16

Area companies lauded for veteran hiring

A pair of South Sound workplaces are among 12 to be honored by the state’s Employment Security Department for creating employment opportunities for veterans in their companies in 2016.

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11/10/16

Extended Black Friday hours at The Outlet Collection

Eschewing a recent trend of retailers and shopping complexes forgoing the busiest shopping weekend of the year, The Outlet Collection has announced its extended holiday hours for Black Friday Weekend.

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11/10/16

New art supply retailer coming to Tacoma

Artist & Craftsman Supply, a Maine-based employee-owned chain of art supply retailers, will soon be opening a Tacoma location.

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11/10/16

From SSBiz: ‘Space to Create’

Olympia Artspace Alliance is in discussion with local commercial developers to find the right space for combined work-and-live quarters for artists.

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11/10/16

South Sound firms earn ‘civics’ plaudits

Many local businesses make significant contributions to their communities, and each year, the Corporations division of the Secretary of State office highlight the best for recognition.

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11/10/16

Dollar Tree store gets $145k safety fine

Repeated, willful violations of state worker safety rules brought a proposed $145,200 fine to a South Sound retail chain, after inspections at its Chehalis and Aberdeen stores.

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11/10/16

Another year of growth at Timberland

Strength driven by 10% growth in outstanding loans and continued cost-containment results have created a sixth year of strong financial results for the holding company of Timberland Bank.

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11/09/16

‘American Dream’ per St. Martin’s prof

A South Sound academic offers analysis to understand why we always expect politicians to promise us the American Dream.'

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11/09/16

Election results settling in for businesses

Morning after the election over-night upheaval, and the merchant's doors must still open, the professional still has clients or patients to serve. Oh, but the recovery might take some time.

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11/09/16

Election result & Tacoma minimum wage

The state's minimum wage raise and requirement for paid leave to all employees that was approved by voters yesterday will almost match rules in City of Tacoma. But the most generous of any in conflict will apply.

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11/09/16

Washingtonians buying more

Confirming political positions defending the state's strong economy, a Quarterly Business Review released today shows retail sales in this year's second fiscal quarter were 8.6 percent above one year ago.

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11/08/16

RedLine Tacoma slams proposed LNG open house

RedLine Tacoma, the grassroots anti-fossil fuels movement opposed to the potential Puget Sound Energy liquefied natural gas facility at the Port of Tacoma, today released a statement asserting that the Nov. 21 open house at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center is not a “sufficient forum for balanced information” about the project.

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11/08/16

Rush Capital procures Proctor Station financing

Rush Capital has recently closed on a $31.2 million loan for Proctor Station, the six-story apartment building that now predominates the skyline in Tacoma's Proctor District.

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11/07/16

Tacoma embezzler gets 46 months

A federal judge on Monday sentenced a Tacoma man who embezzled more than $2 million from his employer to just under four years in prison and repayment of the money taken.

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11/07/16

Labor demand rebounded in October

Bouncing back from a negative trend in September, the number of online-advertised job openings was higher in October, according to data compiled nationally.

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11/07/16

From SSBiz: Payroll changes coming next month

Changes to federal wage-hour rules mean many formerly salaried employees will become time-clock, hourly workers on December 1st. Their employers need to talk about this with them, so the change is not traumatic.

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11/07/16

Sandwich chain to open Kent location

National sandwich franchise Schlotzky’s is set to open a new location in Kent on Thursday, Nov. 10.

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11/07/16

Women veteran entrepreneur funding from SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced a $300,000 funding opportunity for women and veteran-owned businesses.

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11/07/16

Seaport Alliance lengthens extended gates program

Citing strong agricultural exports during this peak shipping season, the Northwest Seaport Alliance is keeping its extended gates program going through Friday, Dec. 2.

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11/04/16

State announces new program for HUD voucher landlords

The Washington State Department of Commerce has announced a new program aimed at providing financial relief to landlords with Section 8 tenants.

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11/04/16

Nat'l pest control award for Puyallup entrepreneur

Luke Rambo of Puyallup’s Rambo Total Pest Control has been recognized by The National Pest Management Association as its Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

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11/04/16

Home prices up again in South Sound

Home prices in the South Sound rose at a fairly moderate rate in October, according to the newest data from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

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11/04/16

October home listings up in Kitsap, but...

Home sales around Washington continue to outgain new listings — especially around Puget Sound.

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11/03/16

South Sound’s PBS TV station’s new leader

A UW Husky grad with extensive experience in public television in Michigan, Pennsylvania and San Francisco is coming to Tacoma next as the new leader of KBTC television.

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11/03/16

Funds coming to Tacoma STEAM efforts

South Sound efforts to improve education in science, technology, engineering and math will have funding for actual implementation, thanks to an award announced today.

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11/03/16

UWT, Infoblox partner up

The first formal connection between University of Washington Tacoma' technology leadership and its new neighbor, Infoblox -- formerly IID -- was announced today.

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Underwater soils removal in Grays Harbor

11/03/16

Underwater soils removal in Grays Harbor

Moving closer to completion of a harbor improvement project that began in 2007, crews are afloat the waters of Grays Harbor this week taking steps to make maritime traffic safer and more efficient.

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