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November 2017


State's retail sales up 5 percent; Tacoma sees big jump

Seasonal growth in sales of lawn and garden equipment and continued increases in drug and health store sales helped boost second-quarter taxable retail sales 5 percent over the same period in 2016, reaching a total of $38.6 billion.

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More light rail cars ordered for Tacoma Link extension

The Sound Transit Board of Directors has approved an order for five additional light rail vehicles from Brookville Equipment Corporation for the Tacoma Link Extension.

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Western State patient info sent to wrong address

The Department of Social and Health Services’ Behavioral Health Administration has confirmed that a spreadsheet containing private information of 515 patients at Western State Hospital was sent to an incorrect email address.

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Regulators OK Heritage, Puget Sound Bank merger

Heritage Bank and Puget Sound Bank have jointly announced that the Washington Department of Financial Institutions and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have approved their proposed merger.

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Tacoma's Theater on the Square selling naming rights

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tacoma is offering naming rights to the 302-seat Theater on the Square, a campaign the facility is calling the “$2.5 million deal of the decade.”

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Federal Way mover penalized by state regulators

A Federal Way company was among four residential moving businesses fined by state regulators for operating without permits.

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Progress at Port of Tacoma's Pier 4 reconfiguration

Port of Tacoma and the Northwest Seaport Alliance are celebrating progress on the reconfiguration of Husky Terminal to accommodate larger vessels.

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Farm Hall brings ag industry leaders to Lacey

Washington Policy Center is bringing together lawmakers and industry leaders in Lacey tomorrow for a Washington State Farm Hall, the second of three events designed to keep the state’s agriculture interests in the forefront of policy.

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Amazon looks for over 500 seasonal workers in Kent

Amazon has announced six days of hiring events to fill more than 500 seasonal positions for its fulfillment center in Kent.

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New tourism website for Kent

Kent has a new website, aptly named, to promote tourism to South King County's largest city.

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October unemployment rate matches record low

Washington’s unemployment rate fell from 4.6 to 4.5 percent in October, equaling the state’s all-time low for unemployment set earlier this year.

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Lennar acquisition adds to builder's South Sound portfolio

Lennar Corporation recently acquired smaller competitor CalAtlantic Group, giving the national home builder more of a foothold in the lucrative metro Seattle market with three communities in the South Sound.

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SPSCC trustee reappointed

A delayed announcement today from South Puget Sound Community College acknowledged that a former chair of its board of trustees has been named to a second term on the advisory body for the school.

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Tacoma, Seattle: 3rd highest sales tax in U.S.

It might not be a positive descriptor for economic development efforts, but only two other cities in the nation have higher sales tax rates than do Tacoma and Seattle.

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Producer Prices up, Construction costs flat

Building projects enjoyed at least a one-month reprieve in pricing pressures last month, even as the nation overall saw an increase of almost one-half percent in October.

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‘Corporate Champion’ on gender: TrueBlue

From Tacoma, Washington, to downtown New York City, local company TrueBlue was recognized today for its active inclusion of women in corporate governance.

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Tacoma (again) a Top-10 Digital City

More closely connecting its residents to city government has again earned Tacoma with national recognition as a Top 10 Digital City.

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Local company gets jump on holiday charity

A Puyallup area pest control company is offering to match dollar donations to specific local charities this month and next, as well as serve as a collecting spot for donated food items.

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Wind outages reported, more expected

A vigorous wind storm is blowing through the South Sound at this time, with power outages already reported and more expected into this evening.

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State will recognize Pierce Co. for vets

State workforce officials are recognizing Hire-A-Vet efforts by Pierce County government at a special ceremony on Tuesday.

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Tacoma has new site for business

As it seeks to attract new companies and growing existing local employers, Tacoma's City Hall is upgrading and expanding its on-line tools in a major way. was unveiled today.

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Vehicle sales up, manufacturing weaker

State government's report on monthly economic trends has mostly good news for October, with certain sectors showing higher sales and employment, while tax collections continue above the forecasts.

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Raymond Handling's Pink Pallet Jack Project raises $17K

Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation, a materials handling equipment supplier in Auburn, has raised over $17,000 for breast cancer research and awareness with its fourth annual Pink Pallet Jack Project held in late October.

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Allstate career fair in Tacoma aimed at veterans

With Veteran's Day approaching, Allstate Insurance Company has announced a continued push to hire veterans or current service members and spouses.

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Tacoma Art Museum to offer free admission to military

Starting this Veterans Day, Tacoma Art Museum will offer year-round free admission to active duty military, reservists, veterans and their families.

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Taco Bell to add new Milton location

The Benaroya Company has announced that Taco Bell has acquired a 31,000-square-foot site in Milton, on which the fast food giant will build a new 2,150-square-foot restaurant.

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More consumer interest in Healthplanfinder

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is reporting today that more than 320,000 visitors have reviewed their coverage options at Washington Healthplanfinder since the start of open enrollment on Nov. 1.

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Centennial celebration countdown commences


Centennial celebration countdown commences

From a fledgling start nearly 100 years ago, Tacoma's public port district has grown into a major economic engine and employment generator. Port district officials are planning a celebration in 2018.

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Heritage Distilling expands to Kittitas County

Heritage Distilling Company’s expansion is bringing their footprint outside the South Sound, as the Gig Harbor distillery has announced an official opening date for its newest facility in Kittitas County.

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PSRC seeks public comment on Pierce County projects

Puget Sound Regional Council is seeking public comment on projects recommended to receive approximately $17.5 million for improvements across the four-county central Puget Sound region, including infrastructure projects in Pierce County.

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Thurston sports organization nominated for destination marketing award

Thurston County’s Sports Commission, Experience Olympia & Beyond, has been nominated for SportsEvents Magazine’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards.

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REI partners with mountain resort company POWDR

REI has embarked on its first partnership with a mountain resort company, teaming with Utah-based POWDR to bring REI-branded outdoor experiences at Copper Mountain and Eldora Mountain Resort in Colorado.

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Heritage Bank signs on as Tacoma Dome box office sponsor

Tacoma Venues & Events has announced a multi-year partnership designating Heritage Bank as the title sponsor for the Tacoma Dome’s box office.

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South Sound law firm nets honors from U.S. News

South Sound law firm Phillips Burgess has been ranked among the nation’s best law firms by U.S. News & World Report, with managing partner Heather Burgess named among its Best Lawyers in America.

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Lender of the Year award for Ameritrust CDC

Ameritrust CDC has been named an SBA 504 Lender of the Year for 2017 by the Coleman Report.

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Pierce County honored for hiring veterans

Pierce County is one of 12 Washington employers honored by the state’s Employment Security Department for its efforts to employ military veterans in 2017.

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California IT firm adds facility in Auburn

IT disposal firm Ingram Micro ITAD has announced the opening of a new satellite facility in Auburn.

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Rush opens property management services to third party clients

Rush Properties, the commercial real estate services arm of The Rush Companies, has expanded its property management, brokerage and facility services to third party clients.

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Lacey office building sold to Olympia company

Davis Property & Investment in Kent has announced the sale of a Lacey office building to Olympia's KW Limited, LLC, for $1,060,000.

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Investment firm refinances The Henry in Tacoma

Real estate investment company Greystone has announced it has provided a $37 million loan to refinance The Henry, a mid-rise mixed-use building along Tacoma’s Foss Waterway.

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Home sales still high, but factors could magnify slowdown

Early snow and questions around the D.C. Republicans’ tax plans could amplify the usual seasonal slowdown, although housing sales continue at a high pace, according to industry leaders from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

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Northwest Seaport Alliance offering career workshop for veterans

The Northwest Seaport Alliance — the operating partnership between the Ports of Tacoma and Seattle — is partnering with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to offer military veterans local careers.

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Grand opening for relocated World Market in Olympia

The newly relocated Cost Plus World Market in Olympia, now at Capital Mall at 2401 4th Ave. W., celebrated its grand opening yesterday with a ribbon cutting celebration.

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New agreement keeps Western State Hospital eligible for funds

A second systems improvement agreement has been granted to Western State Hospital, during which time the facility will continue to be eligible for federal funding.

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Rush Companies helps raise $500,000 for cancer research

Rush Companies has again teamed up with South Sound Cancer Awareness Research Expansion Foundation to host the fourth annual Beer & Bites event at the Narrows Marina, raising $500,000 to advance cancer research in the South Sound.

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New logo for BECU

BECU has unveiled a new logo and brand identity, inspired and informed by the not-for-profit’s “commitment to its membership and serving the communities of its members.”

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Seattle developer acquires DuPont mixed-use property

Seattle real estate company Security Properties has purchased Trax at DuPont Station, a 178-unit property built in 2012 in DuPont, for $32,250,000.

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Spaceworks to host fall Fish Tank Entrepreneur Showcase

Nine new businesses will launch soon in Tacoma thanks to their participation in Spaceworks Incubator, and the program is inviting the public to meet the entrepreneurs behind them at its latest Fish Tank Entrepreneur Showcase.

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Colocation Northwest announces facility in South Hill

IT infrastructure company Colocation Northwest, which has a presence in the South Sound with a location in downtown Tacoma, is expanding that presence with a major lease at the Centeris South Hill Data Center campus.

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Columbia Bank completes acquisition of Pacific Continental

Columbia Bank has completed its acquisition of Pacific Continental Bank effective today, moving the Eugene, Ore.-based bank under its umbrella growing its footprint to over 150 branches throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

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Timberland's fiscal year income up 40 percent

Timberland Bank has reported a 40 percent increase in its net income for the last fiscal year, to $14.17 million for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2017, from $10.15 million for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2016.

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High safety scores for St. Joseph Medical Center

St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma has earned an “A” grade in the Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety ratings, which uses 27 evidence-based measures of patient safety to assess over 2,600 acute-care hospitals nationwide.

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