Clark County lags behind in economic recovery

10:01 p.m. September 17
Census Bureau numbers paint a depressing picture of local economy

Five years of economic recovery did little for Clark County, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Business News

Analysis takes jab at Vancouver waterfront plan

By Aaron Corvin September 18, 2014 7:43 p.m.

The companies seeking to build the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver have thrown a counterpunch at the developer who argues the terminal will severely curtail his plan to construct a $1.3 billion commercial/residential redevelopment of the city's waterfront.

SAP will buy Bellevue firm for $7.36B

September 18, 2014 7:24 p.m.

NEW YORK — German business software maker SAP said it will buy Bellevue-based travel and expense management software company Concur Technologies for $129 per share, or about $7.36 billion. That's a premium of 19.7 percent to Concur's closing price Thursday.

Amazon expands its gadget lineup

By Jay Greene, The Seattle Times September 18, 2014 7:11 p.m.

NEW YORK — The newest version of Amazon's Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers, which launch next month, will come with the requisite incremental innovations that make the coming generation of the devices lighter and faster.

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Applebaum elected to Northwest Pipe board

By The Columbian September 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Northwest Pipe Co. says Michelle Galanter Applebaum has been elected to the company's board of directors. Applebaum, who has more than 30 years of experience in capital markets, also was appointed to the board's audit committee, the Vancouver-based manufacturer of steel pipe said in a filing Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Local workforce development group receives $4 million

By The Columbian September 12, 2014 6 a.m.

The Washington state Employment Security Department has distributed nearly $41 million in federal funds to 12 local workforce development councils to help workers boost their skills and find jobs, the department said Thursday.

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Strictly Business

Strictly Business: Oil terminal fight gets a new player

By Aaron Corvin September 7, 2014 6 a.m.

Add yet another player to the multifaceted battle over whether Vancouver will make room for the Northwest's largest oil transfer terminal: Heartland LLC, a Seattle-based real estate advisory and investment firm.

Strictly Business: Visionary Fred Meyer

By Gordon Oliver August 17, 2014 6 a.m.

As a teenager, Fred Grubmeyer decided to explore life beyond Brooklyn and headed west. He briefly tried his hand at gold mining in Alaska but realized his small miner's shovel was no match for the mountain in front of him. The young man found his way to Portland, shortened his name to Meyer and over decades built a chain of shopping centers that made him a local household name.

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Singletary: Some tips for building good credit

By Michelle Singletary September 19, 2014 6 a.m.

As the old saying goes, no man's credit is as good as his money.

Singletary: Erase debt ahead of retirement

By Michelle Singletary September 17, 2014 6 a.m.

When people talk about retirement, it's often in the context of how much money they've got to save for their senior years.

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Real Estate

Clark County real estate market stays strong

By Gordon Oliver September 16, 2014 4:15 p.m.

Clark County's real estate market in August reflected a normal seasonal downturn from July but showed continued strength overall with year-over-year increases in pending sales and median sales price and a 10 percent drop in the time needed to sell a home.

State Highway 502 hits expansion milestone

By Eric Florip September 15, 2014 6 a.m.

The ongoing expansion of state Highway 502 between Interstate 5 and Battle Ground marked a milestone recently as crews began paving a stretch of the roadway, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Ridgefield rising

By Justin Runquist September 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Dale and Karol Cushenbery counted themselves lucky when they recently closed the purchase of their new home in Ridgefield.

Burlington plans activities for Vancouver Plaza debut

By The Columbian September 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Burlington will open its new store at Vancouver Plaza on Oct. 24 with a ribbon-cutting and two days of special activities, the discount clothing retailer announced today.

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