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September 2017

09/22/17

Federal $$ to state maritime sector

The federal government has awarded half a million dollars to Washington state to support a campaign toward technological innovation in the maritime industry.

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09/22/17

40/40: Global views & Local actions

Local "stars" highlighted in 2017 "40 Under Forty" recognition come from as far as Kenya and as close as Lynden. What unites them all is a willingness to work for the betterment of their South Sound communities.

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09/22/17

AG: Capital Medical Center withheld charity care

Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a lawsuit against Capital Medical Center in Olympia, alleging it repeatedly violated Washington’s Consumer Protection Act by withholding charity care from thousands of low income patients.

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09/22/17

Nutrition retailer adds location at JBLM

Health and wellness product retailer 5 Star Nutrition has announced the launch of 11 new locations at military bases across the country, including one at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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09/22/17

24 Hour Fitness top open new Tacoma location

Gym franchise 24 Hour Fitness is expanding its presence in Washington with a new club in Tacoma, the company’s 20th in Washington.

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09/21/17

40/40: Local hometown booster & banking on future

Small hometowns don't always get the benefit of returning young persons willing to lead into the future, but Shelton has. And in a newly arrived role model banker, new elements of a community can see their own way forward.

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09/21/17

New Public Works director for Thurston

A 15-year veteran of Pierce County's government is the newly named director of public works for Thurston County.

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Working on / in the community

09/21/17

Working on / in the community

"Days of Caring" will bring more than several hundreds of Thurston residents in workgroups and other associations for community service tomorrow and Saturday.

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09/21/17

Rains reduce fire closures for tourists

The cooler, wetter weather since Sunday has reduced the risk from persistent forest fires north of Mount Rainer, so a major tourism route around the national park reopened this afternoon.

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09/21/17

Fewer candidates for more jobs in Pierce

While there wasn't much change to the local jobs picture last month in metropolitan Tacoma, it is clear to see the improvement over the past several years.

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09/20/17

40/40: Building schools & learning for all

You likely won't find many individuals with more passion for the power of education that these two young community leaders. Both are acting on their beliefs in ways that earn a place on the 2017 "40 Under Forty" recognition list.

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09/20/17

L&I sees lower ’18 Workers Comp rates

State government managers of the Workers' Compensation insurance program believe they can lower the per employee-hour premium an average of 2.5 percent next year.

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09/20/17

State forecast sees revenue increase

Less than three months into Washington state's new biennium, economic forecasters already see larger tax collections than expected, along with generous opportunity for later weakness.

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09/20/17

State AG sues NW Detention on wages

The private operator of an immigration detention facility on Tacoma's Tideflats has been sued by the state for failing to pay minimum wage rates to those held there who perform its operational tasks.

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09/20/17

Seaport Alliance CEO honored

The innovative joint marketing approach between Port of Tacoma and its Seattle counterpart has drawn more plaudits for CEO John Wolfe of Northwest Seaport Alliance at an industry conference.

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09/19/17

Realtors support Mason Co. YMCA

Efforts to fund, build and eventually open a YMCA facility in Shelton-Mason County gained from a donation given by local real estate professionals.

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09/19/17

40/40: Learning for life & public service

A home-grown college professor and attorney helping to create the new emergency calls dispatch center are two members of 2017 "40 Under Forty" recognition program.

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09/19/17

South Sound unemployment flat in August

Washington’s county jobless rates for August were released today, showing a South Sound unemployment picture that has remained relatively flat month to month.

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40 Under Forty reaches 600 in 2017

09/19/17

40 Under Forty reaches 600 in 2017

Business owners and executives, entrepreneurs, bankers, attorneys, architects, non-profit leaders, pastors and managers of key government operations are all included on the 2017 "40 Under Forty" list of honorees announced today.

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09/19/17

SPSCC to join distilleries at Tumwater facility

South Puget Sound Community College has signed a letter of intent to partner with Craft District, LLC, to lease space in a facility near the former Olympia Brewery in Tumwater.

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09/18/17

Workplace heroes to be honored in Tacoma

Twenty-seven workplace heroes and heroines will be honored this week during the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Tacoma for their life-saving efforts.

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09/18/17

Envoy America expands into Pierce County

A new ridesharing company for seniors and patients is expanding into the South Sound.

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09/18/17

Reber Ranch, World Vision pitch in for hurricane victims

With much of the country devastated by catastrophic hurricanes over the last few months, South Sound companies are reaching across state lines to help.

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09/15/17

Texas firm opens new housing community in Olympia

LGI Homes, Inc. has announced the opening of its newest housing community: Deschutes River Highlands, located in the Olympia area.

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09/15/17

Construction under way on Puyallup retirement complex

Wesley Homes Bradley Park has received the green light from the City of Puyallup, and the retirement community's construction has begun.

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09/15/17

AWB bus tour to celebrate manufacturing

The Association of Washington Business is hitting the road to celebrate Washington manufacturers — the makers of everything from airplanes and music stands to carbon fiber and fair trade skin care products.

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Franke Toby Jones starting project

09/15/17

Franke Toby Jones starting project

As more and more senior citizens are choosing to downsize from their homes into group facilities in the South Sound, major growth is expected to accommodate them.

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09/14/17

Food trucks headed to downtown Kent

Downtown Kent folks will have some new lunch options starting next Wednesday, as various food trucks gather to test the market for their offerings.

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09/14/17

Pt. Defiance Zoo wins 5-year accreditation

Tacoma's world famous zoo and aquarium now has a fresh, five-year accreditation from the national group that sets standards for appropriate animal care and display.

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09/14/17

Consumer prices steady, earnings flat

Moderating price increases matched fairly flat gains in real personal earnings over the past two months, according to data reported today for the metro-Puget Sound consumer marketplace.

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09/14/17

LCD refunds coming next week

Businesses and consumers in Washington that purchased items containing an LCD screen and later filed a claim with the state will start receiving refund checks next week, according to the state Attorney General.

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09/14/17

State fines large dental insurer

An acknowledged failure to provide timely customer service will cost a California-based dental insurance provider at least $100,000 in a penalty announced today from Olympia.

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09/13/17

Mason PUD crew in Florida

With more than 6 million Floridians without electricity following last weekend's hurricane, line crew members from Shelton's PUD 3 have joined the rebuilding effort.

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09/13/17

Executive appointments announced of note

South Sound business and civic organizations announce new hires and a retirement of note.

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09/13/17

Tacoma sues drug manufacturers

Joining other municipalities and government units around the country, Tacoma today signed on to a lawsuit seeking damages from the makers of opioid prescription drugs.

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09/13/17

Fires control allow nat’l park to reopen

Moderating weather conditions have allowed firefighters to make sufficient progress on blazes north and east of Mt. Rainier National Park so that popular visitor areas can be reopened.

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09/13/17

More job seekers drive rate up a tick

More available workers in the labor pool are responsible for the one-tenth percent nudge upward in Washington state's unemployment rate for August.

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09/12/17

Back-to-school spending

Did you spend your fair share in back-to-school shopping? Nationally, it's been estimated the spending totaled $8.5 billion.

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09/12/17

Visual arts award winners showing

The first decade in honoring works by visual artists in Pierce County is the theme for The Foundation of Art awards now showing in a Tacoma gallery.

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09/12/17

New leader for United Way-Thurston

Crossing the U.S. diagonally, the next executive director for Thurston County's community safety net organization is relocating from Florida to the South Sound.

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09/12/17

Retail jobs open as Santa comes our way

Only 103 shopping days 'til Christmas – and merchants are beginning to wonder where they will find retail staff to serve their eager customers. Their trade association is connecting with the state jobs unit.

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09/12/17

Exports down, car sales up, per tax report

The monthly report of Washington state tax collections includes a snapshot of the overall economic activity. Most signs remain positive in the most recent release this week.

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09/11/17

Dick's Sporting Goods begins hiring for Tacoma store

Dick’s Sporting Goods has announced its intent today to hire for three new Puget Sound area locations, including one at the Tacoma Mall.

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09/11/17

Tacoma investment company joins worldwide advisory firm

Merit Harbor Capital, an investment banking company headquartered in Tacoma, has joined CDI Global’s worldwide mergers and acquisitions advisory firm.

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09/11/17

Tacoma to consider paid sick leave amendments

Tacoma’s City Council is scheduled to consider amendments to Tacoma’s paid sick leave law on Tuesday, Sept. 19th.

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09/11/17

Regional council adopts 'Amazing Place'

The Puget Sound Regional Council’s Economic Development District board has unanimously adopted a new economic strategy, titled “Amazing Place: Growing Jobs and Opportunity in the central Puget Sound region.”

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09/08/17

Federal Way accounting firm reorganizes, rebrands

Accounting firm Wolf CPA Services, Inc., in Federal Way has announced a reorganization and rebranding, and will now operate as Osprey Accounting Services, Inc.

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09/08/17

Tacoma manufacturing firm acquired by Texas company

KML, a Tacoma-based manufacturer of decorative surfaces and panels, has been acquired by Texas-based Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces.

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09/08/17

Cleanup to begin on downtown Port of Oly parcels

Work is set to begin on the cleanup of several East Bay parcels in downtown Olympia, the Port of Olympia announced today.

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09/07/17

Amazon looking for second home

Amazon today announced plans to open Amazon HQ2, a second company headquarters in North America.

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09/07/17

Safeway grocery delivery drivers vote to unionize

Teamsters Local 174, which represents workers out of a pair of Auburn facilities, just got bigger.

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09/07/17

Spokane senator slams Inslee, calls for veto override

State Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, has called on Gov. Jay Inslee to call a special legislative session to override his veto of tax relief for manufacturers in Washington.

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09/06/17

Residential market slower, still strong

Residential real estate sales in August slowed a bit, which brokers attribute to seasonality, rather than market forces. Overall, most analysts foresee a rebound in September and October, before the normal autumn slump arrives.

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09/06/17

Tukwila IT company acquired by Tacoma's Merit Harbor

Tacoma-headquartered investment bank Merit Harbor Capital has acquired Tukwila’s FUSE Networks, Inc., via a management buyout.

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09/06/17

New president at Tacoma's Milgard

Milgard Windows & Doors in Tacoma has announced the appointment of Vishal Singh as its new president.

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09/06/17

Insurance commish talks to Senate committee in D.C.

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler testified today before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee in Washington, D.C., calling for Congress to help stabilize individual health insurance markets.

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09/06/17

More area rental data paints different picture

After one rental site released its findings about rent growth in the area, another site’s numbers are painting a rather contradictory picture.

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09/05/17

New CEO at Russell Investments

Global asset manager Russell Investments, which formerly made its home in Tacoma, today announced that Michelle Seitz has been named the company’s new CEO.

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09/05/17

Mount Rainier National Park closes section due to wildfires

The Norse Peak Fire has led to closure to the northeast section of Mount Rainier National Park.

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09/05/17

Tacoma, Kent among fastest growing rents

Apartment hunting website RENTCafe.com has released its most recent Apartment Market Report, detailing fast-paced rent growth in a couple of South Sound communities.

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09/05/17

State sues St. Joe’s over charity care

Catholic-based charitable hospital St. Joseph in Tacoma was named in a lawsuit filed today by the state alleging its business practices actively discouraged the provision of charity care to low-income patients.

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09/01/17

Another DSHS extension for Western State Hospital

Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services has announced that Western State Hospital has been provided an additional 30-day extension to the systems improvement agreement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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09/01/17

Divorce Lawyers for Men adds Tacoma practice

Divorce Lawyers for Men, a network of legal professionals, has added a new office in Tacoma.

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09/01/17

CHI Franciscan responds to AG lawsuit

With Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filing a federal lawsuit against CHI Franciscan yesterday, the Tacoma-based health network replied to the allegations with a statement.

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09/01/17

Major dental insurer ordered to fix provider network

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has ordered Dental Health Services, a major dental insurer in the state, to fix its network of providers by Oct. 30.

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