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September 2016

09/30/16

Ecology: Grays Harbor crude expansion review complete

Environmental review for the proposed Westway Terminal crude oil expansion in Grays Harbor is complete, with nearly 70 measures recommended to offset or reduce impacts from the project.

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09/30/16

Goodwill CEO Hayes to retire

Terry Hayes, president and CEO of the Tacoma-based Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region, has announced her intention to retire.

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09/30/16

Thurston real estate future is ‘change’

Today's commercial real estate market largely consists of the "wrong product in the right place," according to a keynote address as the annual Real Estate Forum hosted by Thurston County Economic Development Council.

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09/30/16

WOI: Strong-willed, workaholic, helper of others

Facing down her own dark personal experience gave this Woman of Influence strength to advocate for others still stuck in unhealthy personal relationships. And she has impressive professional accomplishments, too.

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09/29/16

Oly's GHB Insurance joins nationwide network

Olympia’s GHB Insurance has joined United Benefits Advisors as its newest partner firm.

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09/29/16

Veteran hire tax credit kicks in soon

Starting this weekend, Washington employers can receive a tax credit for hiring unemployed veterans.

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09/29/16

Industry associations' merger to become official

Saturday will mark the effective date of the formal merger between the Washington Restaurant Association and Washington Lodging Association, officially forming the Washington Hospitality Association.

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09/29/16

California firm acquires Kent apartment complex

A private San Diego real estate firm has announced the purchase of the Mosaic Hills Apartments in Kent.

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09/28/16

MultiCare adds Immediate Clinic to urgent care roster

MultiCare Health System has announced it has added Immediate Clinic Seattle, Inc., and its network of 14 urgent care locations in the Puget Sound region to its growing stable of clinics.

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09/28/16

2016 Spotlight Award recipients announced

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce recognized its 2016 Spotlight Award recipients today, with winners announced at the organization’s September luncheon at PJ Hummel & Co.’s Tin Can Alley.

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09/28/16

State minimum wage going up

It is certain that the minimum wage in Washington next year will be higher than it is now. What is not clear is whether that will be $9.53 per hour or $11.00 per hour.

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09/28/16

WOI: ‘Riding through life’ influentially

A lively business owner who uses cycling to improve her own health and inspire others in the community to do the same is Kimberly Bauman, a 2016 Woman of Influence honoree.

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09/27/16

BPA blamed for PUD rate hike

Many electric customers in Mason County will see their monthly rates go up as October comes up on the calendar, and the utility says it is just passing on higher supply costs.

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09/27/16

PMA, ILWU announce dates for talks

The Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union have agreed to meet in a little over a month to discuss the concept of a contract extension.

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09/27/16

STEM funding includes South Sound

Seeking 'best practices' in efforts to improve students' education in STEM subjects has prompted funding from the state to programs in the local region as well as the whole state.

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09/27/16

Construction soon on Swantown fuel station

Eight years after receiving a public petition calling for the installation of a marine fueling station near Olympia downtown, construction work is set to begin in October.

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09/27/16

Jail time for L&I fraud

A language translation business got its owners into legal trouble for falsely invoicing a state agency for its services.

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09/26/16

WOI: A pioneer in today's tech world is 'Influential'

One of the first female participants in the early computer age in western Washington is now co-owner of a software firm located in DuPont and a 2016 Woman of Influence.

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09/26/16

People on the Move

Recent executive appointments and announcements from South Sound companies and organizations.

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09/26/16

Tribes funded for public safety

Federal funding for various public safety and victim assistance programs on South Sound tribal reservations were announced today in Washington, D.C.

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09/26/16

'Wheels on the bus' go to winners' circle

South Sound transit operators and mechanics scored well in the recent statewide competition for their on-the-job competencies.

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09/23/16

Kent's WGU Washington reaches out to ITT students

Another local educational institution is reaching out to the hundreds of Washington students displaced by the sudden closure of ITT Tech.

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09/23/16

South King light rail starts tomorrow

An extension to existing light rail service to SeaTac Airport means South King County commuters have a new option to avoid driving into downtown Seattle and beyond.

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09/23/16

Campaign finance penalty for unions

Unreported support for political committees that came from labor unions caused a civil penalty announced today by the state Attorney General Office.

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09/22/16

Teaching degree to debut in 2017 at Centralia College

Beginning fall 2017, Centralia College will offer a new bachelor’s degree in teacher education — a program developed in collaboration with Grays Harbor College.

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09/22/16

New GM at Tacoma Mall

There’s a new name in charge of the Tacoma Mall, as parent company Simon Property Group has announced Cara Ritchie as the shopping center’s new general manager.

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09/22/16

Anchor, Weyerhaeuser among top performing stocks

A recent analysis by financial technology company Smart Asset has shown which Washington-based stocks have performed the best in the last five years, with a handful of brands familiar to the South Sound business community identified in the report.

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09/22/16

2016 Women of Influence named

Prominent female leaders from South Sound businesses and nonprofit organizations comprise the Class of 2016, Women of Influence, announced today.

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09/21/16

Local retail sales growth strong

A number of marketplaces in the South Sound showed significant growth in their retail sales over the five years ended 2015. A few, however, fell far behind the trend for growth.

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09/21/16

Nat’l recognition for local foundation

The South Sound's largest community foundation has again been recognized for its compliance with organizational standards of best practices.

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09/21/16

Safety record set at Centralia coal plant

As operations at the legacy open-pit coal mine near Centralia shift toward closure and reclamation, its owner reports safety is still a focus and it has another year with no time-loss injuries among its workforce.

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09/21/16

Small L&I rate hike seen for 2017

Employers might see a less-than-1% increase next year for workers' compensation insurance premiums, according the a release today from the state Department of Labor & Industries.

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09/21/16

State tax revenues still growing

Washington state's general tax collections continue to exceed the official forecasts, which official economists credit to better than expected jobs reports and an economy that remains better than the national report in recovery mode.

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09/20/16

'Economic growth' plays into new Pierce County budget

Citing solid economic trajectory in the region, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy presented a budget to the County Council today with investments in safety programs, the courts and behavioral health.

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09/20/16

Federal grant funds for Tacoma children's museum

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma will receive $141,000 in grant funds through a program from The Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency.

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09/20/16

Insurance commissioner fines two in South Sound

Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has issued August fines to a pair of South Sound insurance brokers for violating state regulations.

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09/20/16

County unemployment numbers for August released

Washington’s Employment Security Department has released its monthly county employment report for August, and the picture remains very much the same as it has for months.

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09/19/16

South Sound markets rate well on housing sustainability

Nationwide Insurance has released this quarter’s iteration of its Health of Housing Markets Report, a barometer indicating the majority of local markets are experiencing sustainable housing activity, including those in the South Sound.

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09/19/16

Government contracting forum for businesses coming up

Is your business seeking a government contract? If so, there’s an event coming up just for you.

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09/19/16

Term starts at Green River's new Auburn Center

The fall quarter at Green River College begins today, which means it’s the first day of class at the school’s new Auburn Center.

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09/19/16

Biz funding contest is now judging

Two weeks of public voting to select finalists in a $20,000 cash contest has opened. Kitsap Bank is conducting the edg3 Award for the third year and website voting for a favorite is encouraged.

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09/16/16

Pardon the dirt, Gig Harbor's ‘Open to Visitors’

Replacement and expansion of sewer collection facilities in prime tourism areas mean a challenge to Gig Harbor's downtown merchants and visitors service businesses.

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09/16/16

JBLM housing investment still ‘AA’ rated

The commercial opportunities afforded by serving Joint Base Lewis McChord make for solid investments, according to a new study by Fitch Ratings.

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09/16/16

Minority business group cries foul on ST

Minority-owned small businesses claim they are not given a fair chance to earn work from the massive transit infrastructure jobs underway and planned for the region.

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09/16/16

Small-biz boosters bomb ballot measures

With the state's next general election due in less than two months, advocates for small businesses have complete their study leading to endorsements against four statewide initiatives, as well as legislative candidates in most districts.

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09/16/16

Lewis County likes learning

The opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree without leaving Centralia-Chehalis is proving very popular, so much so that college officials will be doubling the available seats.

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09/15/16

Tacoma group among HomeStreet campaign recipients

HomeStreet Bank has announced the launch of its “Vote Your Heart” campaign, a social media contest where the public can vote to decide how HomeStreet distributes charity funds. One of the potential recipients? A Tacoma home ownership nonprofit.

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09/15/16

Baskin-Robbins seeks franchisees in Puyallup

Are you an enterprising entrepreneur in the South Sound who happens to like ice cream? International ice cream chain Baskin-Robbins might be looking for you.

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09/15/16

Four South Sound schools ranked in Best Colleges

Four South Sound schools were among those listed by U.S. News & World Report in its annual “Best Colleges” ranking.

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09/15/16

Tacoma Chamber announces Spotlight nominees

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce has announced the nominees for the 2016 Spotlight on Business Awards, which honor member companies who have “set the standard for exemplary business practices.”

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09/14/16

MultiCare reaches ACO pact with First Choice

MultiCare Health System has announced a pact with Seattle health care firm First Choice Health, giving First Choice clients access to the Tacoma company’s accountable care organization.

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09/14/16

Tacoma business charged by AG

Alleged violations of environmental pollution laws have brought criminal charges against a Tacoma man, who operated a commercial truck cleaning service.

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09/14/16

State workers may gain 6% pay raise

Labor contract negotiations have arrived at a 6 percent pay increase over two years for the largest group of Washington state agency employees.

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09/14/16

Tacoma agency joins nat’l study

A 120-year-old South Sound independent insurance agency will be part of a national study to identify "best practices."

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09/14/16

August jobs picture slightly improved

Without much actual change, the statewide unemployment rate did improve slightly in August. Washington remains almost one-percentage point higher than the national average, in part because the state's workforce keeps rising as folks move here in search of jobs.

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09/13/16

New leaders for St. Peter Foundation

A new slate of community leaders has stepped in to lead philanthropic efforts to support Olympia's largest hospital.

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09/13/16

South Sound apartments remain ‘hot’

Even as Seattle and the rest of the nation see apartment rent increased moderating, units in the Tacoma marketplace reported strong increases for the year ended in August. And owners of apartments saw their second consecutive 9% revenue gain.

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09/13/16

Have you met New Glenn?

Blue Origin, the Kent-based spacefaring side project of Amazon owner Jeff Bezos, made a big announcement this week.

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09/12/16

Weyerhaeuser begins move from FW to Seattle

Weyerhaeuser began its exit from the Federal Way and the South Sound today, with the first of two waves of employees moving into the timber giant’s brand new Pioneer Square office.

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09/12/16

From SSBiz: 2nd-hand for fun & profit

Many persons don't have the time (or patience) to scan eBay for particular items, yet they quickly snap them up when they're found. Sounds like a business opportunity, and Sand Macaulay of Lacey agrees.

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09/12/16

Park Service re-ups with three for Rainier services

The National Park Service has opted to renew its relationship with a trio of companies providing guided mountaineering services at Mount Rainier National Park.

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09/12/16

Port to consider public meetings before some leases

In an apparent bid to increase transparency, Port of Tacoma commissioners are set to consider a new policy requiring additional public meetings before authorizing leases involving potential hazards to the environment.

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09/09/16

Thurston County approves fee deferments for housing

Thurston County Commissioners have taken action to help incentivize the construction of single family housing in the area.

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09/09/16

City of University Place sees credit rating bump

Five years ago, the City of University Place was on the state auditor’s watch list of municipalities that might go bankrupt.

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’Speed dating’ among candidates

09/09/16

’Speed dating’ among candidates

Businesspersons attending a local chamber of commerce political forum today seemed to be getting more engaged with the candidates for county office as the summer season gives way to an approaching election.

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09/08/16

Alternatives for ITT Tech students

State technical and community colleges are reaching out to students stranded with this week's sudden closure of ITT Technical Institute.

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09/08/16

Olympia Goodwill location set to reopen next week

A week from today, an official Olympia Goodwill reopening celebration will mark a new look for the nonprofit’s thrift stores in southwest Washington.

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09/08/16

Insurance firms gift $5,000 locally

Local non-profit agency receives financial gift from national underwriter and its local agency.

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09/08/16

Firm surveying Kent golf property for potential development

FNW Inc./Landmark Development Group has begun geotechnical testing and survey work on at the Riverbend Golf Course Par 3 property in Kent — testing that could have a big impact on development on the city's west side.

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09/08/16

WA exchange plans up 13% in ’17

Individual health insurance plans sold through the state Exchange for 2017 will have premiums about 13 percent higher than in the current year.

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09/07/16

Exchange selects Sea Mar for Pierce County assistance

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced today that Sea Mar Community Health Centers has been selected to manage the in-person assistance provided to Pierce County residents for the upcoming open enrollment period taking place Nov. 1 through Jan. 31, 2017.

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09/07/16

South Sound businesses urge TPP vote in letter

A large part of the South Sound’s business community continues to show unwavering support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with a number of local companies and organizations among 74 signatories on a letter sent to the Washington congressional delegation on Tuesday.

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09/07/16

Tacoma's Horizon Pacific building now 94 percent leased

The trajectory of downtown Tacoma’s commercial real estate market has gotten a boost of late with the recent lease-up of over 40,000 square feet at the Horizon Pacific Center.

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09/07/16

Home price gap between King, Pierce narrowing

The price gap between homes in King County versus Pierce and Kitsap Counties is narrowing, according to officials in the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

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09/06/16

Kent's Seametrics acquired by Florida company

Seattle Metrics, Inc., a Kent-based industrial equipment manufacturer, has been acquired by ONICON Incorporated.

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09/06/16

From Sept. SSBiz issue: ‘Encorepreneurs’

In this article from September's South Sound BIZ magazine, read about experienced, senior citizens who choose to start out again in entrepreneurship.

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09/06/16

ICYMI: PSE & JBLM

News items that might have been overlooked in the holiday weekend included the extension of a feasibility period for PSE's LNG proposal at Port of Tacoma and the arrival of Japanese soldiers to practice with JBLM troops.

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09/06/16

Ports’ Alliance ahead of budget

Weaker shipping volumes to domestic U.S. destinations are not enough to negate positive earnings for NW Seaport Alliance through the end of July.

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09/02/16

City: Fitch Ratings upgrades Tacoma's outlook

Fitch Ratings has upgraded its outlook for the City of Tacoma two notches, from ‘A+’ to ‘AA’, a release from the City has confirmed.

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09/02/16

REI passed on former Weyerhaeuser property

The Kent-based outdoor co-op, soon moving its corporate offices to Bellevue, looked at the sprawling Federal Way property but ultimately passed.

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09/02/16

Transportation partnership to assist job seekers

A trio of area organizations are teaming up to help connect Pierce County residents with the transportation they need to help them prepare for and obtain family wage jobs.

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09/02/16

11 semi-finalists for $20,000 edg3 prize

Small businesses from around western Washington are competing for a $20,000 capital infusion from Kitsap Bank, and 11 semi-finalists were announced today.

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09/01/16

Short-term psychiatric detention funds

State financial support to community resources for mental health crisis care was announced today, and five South Sound projects earned cash.

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09/01/16

The reason it’s wet this week . . .

Regional car wash operator scrubbed a record number of cars and other vehicles for free to celebrate the company's anniversary.

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UPS takes over new sport facility

09/01/16

UPS takes over new sport facility

Student athletes and others on the campus are now using a new fitness center, swimming pool and other recreational and sports facility at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

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09/01/16

$50k to Tacoma small biz ‘Accelerator’

Federal funding to support entrepreneurs in Tacoma-Pierce County as they 'accelerate' their jobs growth was announced today.

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09/01/16

Orion expanding to Mukilteo

Two jobs training and development social enterprises have merged, according to an announcement today. Orion Industries – a major parts supplier to The Boeing Company – will add a Mukilteo facility.

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