Downtown Bellingham Partnership hatches a plan to fill vacancies

Filed on 05. Jul, 2015 in Features, New Business, News

Downtown Bellingham Partnership hatches a plan to fill vacancies

Imagine a downtown space that allows start-up retailers, dance and fitness instructors and other entrepreneurs to try their business ideas without the commitment and upfront cost of signing a lease. Now imagine that space moving from one vacant downtown storefront to the next, leaving behind new businesses with each move. That’s Nick Hartrich’s vision for [...]

Housing market is hot, but new apartments could change price-to-rent ratio

Filed on 01. Jul, 2015 in News

Housing market is hot, but new apartments could change price-to-rent ratio

The price and number of homes sold in Whatcom County climbed higher in May, outpacing numbers for last year and last month. At the same time, the amount of new listings on the market decreased. Those conditions have led to a seller’s market with declining inventory. Whatcom County’s housing market is down to 3.69 months [...]

The Local Public House is expanding and opening a beer laboratory

Filed on 30. Jun, 2015 in Business Briefs, New Business, News

The Local Public House, at 1427 Railroad Ave., has plans for an expansion that will add a lounge area to the restaurant and give home brewers with professional aspirations a place to practice their craft. The beer-centric restaurant is expanding into the space next door, which Finder’s Keepers collectibles is moving out of. Rob Whitney, [...]

Two-year, $38.2B state budget passes; shutdown averted

Filed on 30. Jun, 2015 in News

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald Writer OLYMPIA — The threat of a government shutdown dissipated Monday as state lawmakers passed a $38.2 billion budget for government operations in the next two years. Senators approved the plan on a 38-10 vote with Democrats casting the dissenting votes. A short time later, the House passed it on a 90-8 margin. It now goes to [...]

Library system seeking marketing proposals

Filed on 29. Jun, 2015 in News

Library system seeking marketing proposals

The Whatcom County Library System wants to increase awareness of its services and convey the message that the library has something for everyone in Whatcom County. The library system is seeking proposals for a marketing plan that will help it reach those goals, according to a request for proposals the Whatcom County Library System issued [...]

Inslee concession on fuel standards clears way for $15B transportation package

Filed on 28. Jun, 2015 in News

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald writer Gov. Jay Inslee on Sunday dropped his pursuit of a low carbon fuel standard aimed at reducing pollution, clearing away a final obstacle to an agreement with lawmakers on a $15 billion transportation package. Inslee and lawmakers have been negotiating a 16-year proposal that would be paid for with [...]

Jack’s Bicycle reopening after remodel

Filed on 26. Jun, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

Jack’s Bicycle Center, at 1907 Iowa St., is hosting a grand reopening party on Saturday, June 27, after completing a remodel. The event goes from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and includes a BBQ lunch, demos featuring Giant Bicycles team rider Jeff Lenosky, deals on bikes and gear and a raffle. The bike shop demolished [...]

Boeing to cut 747 production rate to 1 per month

Filed on 25. Jun, 2015 in Features, News

Boeing to cut 747 production rate to 1 per month

By Dan Catchpole Everett Herald writer EVERETT — The Boeing Co. is cutting the number of 747s it rolls out of its Paine Field plant annually by one-third by next March. The company, which announced the production cut Wednesday, remains optimistic that it will still be making the jumbo airplane in the next decade. Industry analysts are [...]

Bellingham Tech appoints Blue Sea Systems founder to board

Filed on 24. Jun, 2015 in Business Briefs, News, People On The Move

Bellingham Tech appoints Blue Sea Systems founder to board

The Bellingham Technical College Foundation appointed Scott Renne as its newest board member. Renne, founder of two Bellingham engineering and manufacturing businesses, will serve a three-year term from 2015 to 2018, according to a press release from the college. Renne founded Terra Power Systems, which makes electrical systems for commercial vehicles; and Blue Sea Systems, [...]

State average annual wage grew by 4.2 percent last year

Filed on 24. Jun, 2015 in Business Briefs, Market Indicators, News

It may not be growing as fast as Whatcom County home prices, but Washington’s annual average wage grew by 4.2 percent in 2014 — the biggest percentage change since 2007, according to the state Employment Security Department. The state’s annual average wage increased to $54,829, and the average weekly wage went from $1,012 in 2013 [...]

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