Business

Gravitate changes plan for building

4:30 p.m. August 18
Digital marketing agency initially envisioned first floor of former Koplan's building as a small business incubator; now, it will house eatery, office space

New life is coming to a prime piece of downtown Vancouver street-front real estate, five years after it became vacant, according to the commercial real estate broker working to lease the former site of Koplan's Home Furnishings.

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Business News

Oil terminal review process extended

By Aaron Corvin August 19, 2014 5:29 p.m.

The state panel reviewing a proposal for an oil-by-rail transfer terminal in Vancouver agreed Tuesday to extend to early next year the timeline for completing a review of the proposal and for making a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee.

Heat takes toll on state's wheat crop

August 19, 2014 4:48 p.m.

REARDAN — Too much heat and too little rain this summer are taking a toll on the winter wheat crop in eastern Washington.

County economy adds jobs, continues to strengthen

By Aaron Corvin August 19, 2014 4:26 p.m.

Clark County's economy expanded by 6,100 jobs in the 12 months ending in July, the region's labor economist reported Tuesday, posting a growth rate of 4.4 percent and plunging its preliminary unemployment rate to 6.3 percent, down from 9.5 percent a year ago.

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Briefs

Clark County Business Briefing

August 17, 2014 6 a.m.

People in business and new business news

Two Prestige Care homes win regional recognition

By The Columbian August 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Two Clark County nursing centers operated by Vancouver-based Prestige Care Inc. have been recognized by Qualis Health as among the top-performing skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers in Idaho and Washington state.

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Strictly Business

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.

Strictly Business: Legal pot industry sure to be robust

By Gordon Oliver July 13, 2014 6 a.m.

It's rare when any business in Clark County attracts national or even regional interest, so the media throng that greeted last Wednesday's opening of Main Street Marijuana was quite a curiosity.

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Columnists

Washington View: Too many of state's youths still seek jobs

By Don Brunell August 19, 2014 6 a.m.

The good news is Washington is separating itself from the national jobless rate. In July, an average of 6.2 percent of Americans were looking for work, while Washington's unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent.

Harney: Lawsuit a wake-up call on title insurance?

By Kenneth R. Harney August 18, 2014 6 a.m.

A new federal court suit alleging kickback violations by one of the country's top-producing real estate sales teams raises an unsettling question for homebuyers: Could your agent or broker be pocketing under the table large chunks of what you pay for title insurance?

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Real Estate

County acts on massage parlors

By Tyler Graf August 12, 2014 5:40 p.m.

Clark County has taken an initial step in putting the squeeze on illicit massage businesses.

BergerABAM moving to former City Hall site

By Gordon Oliver August 11, 2014 5:09 p.m.

The engineering and environmental consulting firm BergerABAM said Monday that it will move its Vancouver offices to the former City Hall building at 210 E. 13th St., the first announced tenant in a building that is now called Block 56.

Analysis: East Vancouver shopping lacks what works in other parts of county

By LUCIA WORTHINGTON for The Columbian August 10, 2014 6 a.m.

As a community of shoppers, we have a lot of choices in Clark County on how and where to spend our money. With more than 50 shopping centers on the north side of the Columbia River, our shopping options are just around the corner.

Vancouver rental market remains tight

By Erin Middlewood July 29, 2014 4:21 p.m.

Jacinta Cox has been looking for a new house to rent since late May with no luck. She and her family have lived in the same place for eight years, but the landlord wants to sell the house. The Cox family would love to stay in Camas, but Jacinta has had to widen her search.

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