2016 port budget includes flat taxes, marine infrastructure updates

Filed on 19. Nov, 2015 in News

Port of Bellingham commissioners approved a budget for 2016 on Tuesday, Nov. 17, with a 3-0 vote. The new port budget maintains the current property tax levy and shifts the focus of port capital projects from the airport to the waterfront and marine infrastructure. The port will collect roughly 28.22 cents per $1,000 of assessed [...]

Boeing plane production greater than market forecasts call for

Filed on 18. Nov, 2015 in News

By Dan Catchpole Everett Herald Writer EVERETT — The world’s two biggest airplane makers are making more airplanes than ever before, and plan to make even more. But based on analysis of their own market projections, the Boeing Co. and Airbus Group are making more airplanes than the market needs. Either current production levels will [...]

Could Chinese investment return to Whatcom County?

Filed on 17. Nov, 2015 in Features, News

Could Chinese investment return to Whatcom County?

In his office on Newmarket Street in the Barkley District, Patrick Starr entered search terms into an online real estate database and came up with a list of properties for sale for more than $4 million in King County. An untrained eye might not have noticed the prevalence of the number eight in the listings. [...]

Two local builders win statewide awards

Filed on 15. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

The Building Industry Association of Washington recognized leaders from two Whatcom County companies at its annual awards ceremony on Nov. 5. Roger Almskaar, of Almskaar Land Use & Consulting, took home the Associate of the Year award. Almskaar is a land use consultant based in Bellingham. He mainly works on short plats, zoning and environmental [...]

“Changing Canadian Economy and Whatcom County” talk on Nov. 18

Filed on 15. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs, Events, News

Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute will host a talk titled “The Changing Canadian Economy and Whatcom County” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 18 in Viking Union 565. The event is free and open to the public. The presentation will be a roundtable discussion featuring Chris Lawless of the British [...]

Albertsons is top bidder on 12 of 13 Haggens in Washington

Filed on 13. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

Albertsons outbid competitors on 12 of the 13 Washington state stores that Bankrupt grocer Haggen auctioned off this week. Bellingham-based Haggen auctioned off 55 stores throughout Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California and Arizona between Nov.9-11, according to documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware on Nov. 13. Albertsons plans to convert former Haggen stores in [...]

Busy professionals are earning MBAs through WWU’s Weekend MBA program

Filed on 12. Nov, 2015 in Features, News

Busy professionals are earning MBAs through WWU’s Weekend MBA program

By Jocelyn Robinson For The Bellingham Business Journal A master’s degree in business may seem like an odd education for a nurse, but for Amanda Crain it was a perfect fit. Crain, the director of nursing services at the Puget Sound Kidney Centers, is in her final quarter of earning an MBA from Western Washington [...]

Rep. Larsen seeks input on TPP trade pact on Friday

Filed on 12. Nov, 2015 in Events, News

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald Columnist Congressman Rick Larsen is doing something this week his congressional colleagues from Washington and around the country are not. He’s talking about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, a mega-pact negotiated by the administration of President Barack Obama with 11 Asian and Pacific Rim nations. More precisely, Larsen is asking [...]

Woods Coffee to open first Canadian location in Tsawwassen next year

Filed on 11. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

Woods Coffee to open first Canadian location in Tsawwassen next year

Many Whatcom County retailers market to Canadians, but Woods Coffee is taking it to another level. The Lynden-based chain’s first Canadian shop is under construction in Tsawwassen, just north of Point Roberts, Washington. The store, which will be the company’s 18th, should open in the first quarter of next year in the Tsawwassen Springs Golf [...]

Chamber announces annual award nominees and winners

Filed on 11. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced nominees for several of the yearly awards it presents to local companies, as well as the winners of the Nonprofit and Green Business of the Year awards. The Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County (DVSAS) won the chamber’s Nonprofit of the Year award, and [...]

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