Thursday, 23rd October 2014

Inslee sets Apple Cup deadline for transportation plan

Filed on 30. Oct, 2013 in Features

By Brandon Macz Bellevue Reporter  Before an Apple Cup champion emerges, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he wants to see an approved transportation bill on his desk crafted through a bipartisan effort and identifying $10 billion in revenue sources needed to keep the state’s roads and bridges from failing. “November is the month for action [...]

Community banks, credit unions in a pickle with pot business

Filed on 29. Oct, 2013 in Features

By Jerry Cornfield The (Everett) Daily Herald Community banks and credit unions are ready and willing to provide financial services to entrepreneurs in the state’s new legal pot industry. But they aren’t able to, at least not yet. Marijuana businesses, even ones that will soon be legally licensed in this state, are considered criminal enterprises [...]

Special Report: Washington faces realities of growing aerospace market

Filed on 27. Oct, 2013 in Features

Special Report: Washington faces realities of growing aerospace market

By Jerry Cornfield The (Everett) Daily Herald Matt Yerbic is bullish on aerospace in Washington, but that has not deterred people in other states from courting one of the owners of Everett-based Aviation Technical Services. And the offers are pretty darn good. “They say we will build you a building for nothing, we will train your [...]

University Ridge student-housing project gets city’s green light

Filed on 27. Oct, 2013 in Features

University Ridge student-housing project gets city’s green light

A contested proposal for a privately run student-housing project in a residential neighborhood about three miles from Western Washington University has received approval from Bellingham’s hearing examiner, but with several conditions that could alter some of the developer’s original plans. Dawn Sturwold, the city’s hearing examiner, approved a land-use application for the project in a [...]

Report shows strength, new trends in Whatcom’s housing market

Filed on 27. Oct, 2013 in Features

Whatcom County’s housing market enjoyed gains in the third quarter of 2013, with homes sales rising nearly 21 percent along with moderate increases in sale prices, according to a recent analysis of Northwest Multiple Listing Service data by Lylene Johnson of The Muljat Group. Local NMLS real-estate agents reported 718 county home sales in the [...]

Bellingham poised for more hotels, hundreds of additional rooms

Filed on 20. Oct, 2013 in Features, New Business

Bellingham poised for more hotels, hundreds of additional rooms

As one new hotel opens in Bellingham, the list of others ready to enter the local market keeps growing. A 122-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott opened on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 4040 Northwest Ave. The hotel, which has been in development for more than five years, is owned and managed by 360 Hotel Group, based [...]

Chamber joins legal challenge of “expedited removal”

Filed on 07. Oct, 2013 in Features

Several regional economic groups, including the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce, are taking a stand against the U.S. government’s use of “expedited removal,” a border-security measure that can ban foreigners from entering the U.S. for at least five years—and in some cases, forever. Bill Gorman, interim director of the Bellingham Chamber, said that while he believes [...]

After a decade, high success for program helping farms to market

Filed on 06. Oct, 2013 in Features

After a decade, high success for program helping farms to market

After deciding to start a small farm in Whatcom County, Ephraim and Laura Kurszewski knew that growing crops would only be part of the challenge. To get a handle on the commercial side of the endeavor, they turned to a business training program for local farmers called Food To Bank On, run by the Bellingham-based [...]

Credit unions campaign to preserve tax-exempt status

Filed on 29. Sep, 2013 in Features

By Christina Harper The (Everett) Herald Business Journal The Credit Union National Association has launched a grass-roots campaign encouraging its 96 million members throughout the United States to contact Congress in a bid deter the removal of credit unions’ not-for-profit tax status. In 1934, Congress passed the Federal Credit Union Act allowing not-for-profit credit unions [...]

Jobs Report: Whatcom’s unemployment dips to 6.5 percent

Filed on 25. Sep, 2013 in Features

Jobs Report: Whatcom’s unemployment dips to 6.5 percent

Continued private-sector job growth in August pushed Whatcom County’s unemployment level to its lowest point in 2013, according to the latest figures from the Washington State Employment Security Department. The county posted a 6.5 percent jobless rate in August 2013, according to initial estimates. That’s down from 7.7 percent in August 2012, and also a [...]

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