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As tensions rise in booming Seattle, tech industry steps up civic engagement:


On Thursday, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan met with representatives from some of the most powerful tech companies in the region at City Hall before racing south to catch the launch event of sea.citi, a group ...


Getting There: How do we fix our crumbling roadways?:


Every year, Washington's vehicles get hit with $656 in needless damage due to poor road conditions. That translates, according to a presentation Millar gave earlier this month to the annual meeting of ...


SIXSITE Gear - High-end camouflage apparel produced in Spokane by K-L Mfg. Co. for former Navy Seal :


Blending into the industrial landscape of Spokane's North Ruby Street is a company producing state-of-the-art camouflage created for hunters by a Navy SEAL. SIXSITE Gear https://sixsitegear.com/ ...


Spokane's increasingly worst-kept secret: It's a great place to live and work:


Jon Potter and Abigail Messegee have found "their spot" along the North Monroe corridor. From their new home, they can walk a block over to their favorite coffee shop, Vessel Coffee Roasters, or over ...


Amazon to build large distribution facility in Spokane:


Amazon confirmed Friday plans to open a 600,000-square-foot fulfillment center near Spokane International Airport. It will be the online retailer's first such center in eastern Washington and will ...


Washington Gov. Inslee Says Rural Broadband 'Economic Challenge of Our Time':


During a tour of the eastern part of the state, the governor addressed the importance of connecting rural and underserved communities to high-speed Internet service. by William L. Spence, Lewiston ...


State of Washington businesses beware: misleading letter calls for annual registration renewals:


Secretary of State Kim Wyman is cautioning Washington business owners to be aware of a misleading and potentially fraudulent mailing that purports to be an official bill related to business registration ...


Now will you come to Tacoma? New tax credit takes aim at Seattle's new head tax:


Bruce Kendall said Monday his phone at the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County has been ringing steadily since last week's vote by the Seattle City Council to tax big businesses $275 ...


Washington Rural Broadband Bill Becomes Law:


The newly signed legislation grants telecommunications authority to port districts, a move officials hope will widen the reach of Internet in rural parts of the state. Richard Byrd, Columbia Basin ...


What's wrong with Seattle's startup scene? Despite top talent, a lack of venture capital stunts growth:


After nine years of building a robust cloud services business with thousands of customers, Geeman Yip was ready to raise venture capital. But when the BitTitan founder began knocking on doors in Seattle, ...


Washington State Passes Nation's Toughest Net Neutrality Law:




Washington State University's 'Drive to 25' campaign puts the focus on research:


Twenty-eight years ago, Washington State University paid $2.8 million for vacant land on the eastern edge of downtown Spokane. That land has since become WSU's health sciences campus and a key piece ...


The Urban-Rural Divide in Washington State:


The state's urban-rural divide shows up in a microcosm within Puget Sound itself. Visiting Stap at his farm was a chance to learn what farmers in this fertile chunk of the region are worried about, and ...


Infrastructure improvements help lure new business to Spokane Valley:


Spokane Valley city officials have long targetted the 800-acre northeastern industrial area near Barker Road and Euclid Avenue for economic development, but it lacked the necessary infrastructure. Now, ...


Washington will keep net neutrality in state if FCC won't for the nation, Inslee says:


"There are some things worth fighting for," Inslee said. "This is a free-speech issue as well as a business development issue." Washington will enforce its own version of net neutrality if the Federal ...


Hey, women in business: This conference will help you replace stress with strength:


It seems obvious now -- amid the culture shift fueled by the #MeToo movement -- to have a conference focused on women's empowerment. In fact, the idea came to Katrina Elkins in August. Elkins is ...


Biotech hub looking to bring high-paying careers to Tacoma:




What would it take for Tacoma to become a hub for high-paying tech jobs?:


Amazon has raised the hopes of just about every city in the country, including Tacoma, when it said it's looking for a suitable site for a second headquarters. Don't break out the champagne and balloons, ...


Wood products to bring 150 jobs to Spokane Valley:


A new factory planned for Spokane Valley is part of a California company's efforts to streamline the U.S. building industry, making construction faster and cheaper. By Becky Kramer beckyk@spokesman.com (509) ...


Sustainable Seattle: It's not just a buzzword but a reality :




EWU and Microsoft join forces on new data analytics degree program:


Eastern Washington University is partnering with Microsoft on a new data analytics degree designed to prepare students to enter a fast-growing field. The university's College of Business and Public ...


Avista. Telect. Now Red Lion. What gives in Spokane?:


In a sense, some homegrown Spokane businesses are like some of the community's children. They start out small, grow a bit, experience successes and grow some more. And then some move away. For ...


WeWork developing co-living space in Seattle with Martin Selig :


WeWork has signed a deal with Martin Selig Real Estate to build a 36-floor development in Belltown. Twenty-three of those floors will be used for WeLive, its communal housing business, and most of the ...


Investors pump $20M into Seattle startup Textio, which helps job recruiters find the right words :




Fox Business show slams Seattle as 'socialist hellhole' :


"Good job, commies!" Montgomery said. In the opening of her Fox Business show "Kennedy," Lisa Kennedy Montgomery called the Seattle City Council "commies" and "do-gooder authoritarians," and called ...


As lawmakers in Washington state crawl toward budget deal, state makes plans for partial shutdown:


There are few conversations that the denizens of the Capitol Campus have these days with the outside world that don't include an inquiry along the lines of "Are they done yet?" The "they" being the ...


State of Washington sued over community colleges' troubled software system:


The company that has filed for bankruptcy in the middle of a troubled project to install a new computer software system for Washington's community colleges is suing the state, claiming it is owed some ...


Plan Washington - Unlock Potential :


Do you believe in business leadership, bipartisan problem-solving, and data-driven public policy? PLAN Washington is a collaborative strategic plan aimed at achieving transformative change ...


Thousands call for lawmakers to spend more on schools:


As part of the latest push to get more state money for public schools, thousands of sign-waving parents, students and school employees jammed the steps of the Capitol Monday morning then streamed into ...


Startup funding ends 2016 on a high note in Washington state - VC funding leaped:


After a rocky start to the year, Washington state startups ended 2016 strong and with a lot of fresh cash in their pockets. Companies raised $290 million in 38 deals during the fourth quarter ...

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