Property owners face double financial hit after Oso mudslide

Filed on 31. Mar, 2014 in News

Property owners face double financial hit after Oso mudslide

By Jim Davis The (Everett) Herald Business Journal People who own property in the landslide area near Oso probably didn’t have insurance that protects against such a disaster — and, worse, they’re still on the hook for their mortgages. Standard homeowner and business policies specifically exclude damage caused by earth movement such as a landslide. [...]

Jobs Report: Construction industry hiring grows

Filed on 26. Mar, 2014 in News

Jobs Report: Construction industry hiring grows

Construction job gains that labor economists have anticipated for the past year in Whatcom County appear to be materializing, according to new employment data released by the Washington State Employment Security Department. While sector-specific numbers for construction are tough to pin down—estimates can sway depending on which firms economists contact for surveys during any given [...]

Habitat for Humanity opening store in former Mayberry location

Filed on 17. Mar, 2014 in News

Habitat for Humanity opening store in former Mayberry location

Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County plans to open its first Bellingham store in a retail building at 1825 Cornwall Ave., a spot once home to Mayberry Sporting Goods. John Moon, the nonprofit organization’s executive director, said the new store will allow Habitat for Humanity to have a location closer to its donor and volunteer [...]

Allegiant Air unlikely to return Bellingham-Reno flight service

Filed on 10. Mar, 2014 in News

Allegiant Air unlikely to return Bellingham-Reno flight service

Allegiant Air quietly discontinued its flight service between Bellingham and Reno. Nev., several months ago, and it appears unlikely that the route will return. Jessica Wheeler, the Las Vegas-based airline and travel company’s public relations manager, confirmed that nonstop service between the Bellingham International Airport and the Reno-Tahoe International Airport ended Jan. 19. She said [...]

Sustainable business challenge offers cash prize, inventor support

Filed on 09. Mar, 2014 in News

Sustainable business challenge offers cash prize, inventor support

The Northwest Innovation Resource Center is putting aspiring entrepreneurs’ ideas to the test when it comes to sustainable products or business practices. And at stake: $25,000 in cash prizes and business support. The Bellingham-based nonprofit’s Northwest Washington Sustainability Challenge will assemble teams from regional colleges to pitch proposals to a judging panel made up of [...]

Kudos: WCC building earns LEED Silver status

Filed on 07. Mar, 2014 in Business Briefs

Kudos: WCC building earns LEED Silver status

Whatcom Community College’s Auxiliary Services Building has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The building opened in spring 2013. It houses the campus’ facilities department, as well as the copy, print and mail centers. All new buildings constructed at WCC will be designed to meet LEED standards, [...]

Chamber’s new CEO favoring a pragmatic approach

Filed on 05. Mar, 2014 in Features

Chamber’s new CEO favoring a pragmatic approach

During his first 90 days leading the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Guy Occhiogrosso said he plans to brush up on his listening skills. Occhiogrosso, who was named president and CEO of the Bellingham chamber in late January, takes over on March 3. His first few months will likely involve a lot of face-to-face [...]

City planners release preliminary draft of new downtown plan

Filed on 03. Mar, 2014 in News

City planners release preliminary draft of new downtown plan

Bellingham city planners have issued a preliminary draft of a new downtown plan as the city’s Planning Department prepares for a public hearing later this month concerning the direction and regulation of the city’s central district. That hearing is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, in the Bellingham City Council [...]

Cities want cut of Washington’s anticipated pot tax revenue

Filed on 03. Mar, 2014 in News

Cities want cut of Washington’s anticipated pot tax revenue

By Christopher Lopaze WNPA Olympia Bureau A new economic forecast predicts recreational-marijuana businesses will bring millions to the state, and the fight is underway for how the proceeds will be spent, with cities vying for a share. Recreational-marijuana business is expected to bring in $51 million in state revenue during 2015-2017, according to a recent [...]

Survey suggests more cross-border shoppers are staying home

Filed on 02. Mar, 2014 in News

Survey suggests more cross-border shoppers are staying home

The Canadian dollar’s fall in value over the past year has caused some residents north of the border to make fewer shopping trips into the U.S., according to a recent poll of people living in lower British Columbia. Steve Mossop, president of Insights West, a Canadian market research firm, shared the results from his company’s [...]

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