Business

Commercial vacancies at 17 percent downtown

5:35 p.m. February 26
Brokers report rising interest, are optimistic that rate will decline

If you're looking for commercial space to lease in downtown Vancouver, you won't have to look far.

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Business News

PeaceHealth hospital doctors sound alarm

By Sherri Buri McDonald, The Register-Guard February 28, 2015 6 a.m.

EUGENE , Ore. — The number of hospitalists treating patients at PeaceHealth's Sacred Heart Medical Centers in Springfield and Eugene has fallen to dangerously low levels at a time of peak demand, local hospitalists say.

Google of the Future

By Matt O'Brien, San Jose Mercury News February 28, 2015 6 a.m.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Tech giant Google on Friday morning dropped off reams of paperwork at Mountain View City Hall detailing the company's whimsical plans to expand its corporate headquarters.

Agency helps Wheat Thins with message

By Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune February 28, 2015 6 a.m.

CHICAGO — When The Escape Pod, a small Chicago ad agency, was charged with creating a new campaign for Wheat Thins, an outside-the-box idea came from the box itself.

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Briefs

Umpqua Bank to close Main Street branch in Vancouver

February 27, 2015 2:55 p.m.

Vancouver Umpqua Bank will close its downtown Vancouver branch at 1220 Main St. on March 27, transferring customers to a branch just a few blocks away at 1400 Washington St.

Online mortgage lender expands into Washington

By The Columbian February 27, 2015 6 a.m.

Privlo, a California-based online mortgage lender that aims its services at small business owners, entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals, has expanded its offerings to Washington.

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Strictly Business

Strictly Business: Shipper's departure bad for all

By Gordon Oliver February 15, 2015 6 a.m.

Mercifully, the Port of Vancouver has been on the sidelines in the battle between West Coast port operators and the Longshore union that has turned increasingly nasty in recent weeks. The port's union dockworkers, having endured an 18-month lockout at the United Grain Terminal before reaching a contract deal in August, aren't in this fight affecting their union siblings at container-handling ports. Surely they're relieved that it's somebody else's turn on the front lines.

Strictly Business: Would a corporate airport fly?

By Gordon Oliver February 1, 2015 6 a.m.

Ken Fisher, the billionaire Camas investment manager, has brought more jobs to Clark County in the past decade than anyone else. With more than 900 employees settled into a sparkling new office campus in Camas, Fisher carries some weight when he talks about what it might take to draw corporate bigwigs to a county that is often overlooked by the big guys.

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Columnists

Berko: Taking a dim view of SolarCity

By Malcolm Berko February 28, 2015 6 a.m.

Dear Mr. Berko: What do you think of SolarCity bonds, which pay 4 percent and are guaranteed by individual leases on solar installations? I would like to invest $10,000 in the solar bonds, which would give me an income of $600 a year, if you approve.

Singletary: Heed the call, America: The time to save is now

By Michelle Singletary February 27, 2015 6 a.m.

There are a lot of folks tired of the snow and arctic temperatures many areas of the country are experiencing these days. I know I am tired of the bone-chilling cold.

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Real Estate

Commercial vacancies at 17 percent downtown

By Gordon Oliver February 26, 2015 5:35 p.m.

If you're looking for commercial space to lease in downtown Vancouver, you won't have to look far.

Plan to develop part of quarry progresses

By Justin Runquist February 24, 2015 5:06 p.m.

Last summer, a Portland developer submitted preliminary plans to refurbish an 84-acre section of a quarry on the southeast edge of Vancouver into a blossoming commercial-residential hub, paving the way for a new and inviting entryway to the city.

Vancouver steps in direction of tenant protections

By Scott Hewitt February 23, 2015 7:24 p.m.

Twenty days' notice to vacate a rental for no reason in particular — except that the landlord wants you to leave — seems like "cruel and unusual punishment," Vancouver City Councilman Larry Smith said Monday afternoon. "It's very harsh. It bugs the daylight out of me."

Home rental prices rose steadily in January 2015

By JOSH BOAK, Associated Press February 21, 2015 4:29 p.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. home rental prices rose at a steady rate overall in January, though they barely budged or even dipped in parts of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.

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Register for the upcoming Economic Forecast Breakfast on Jan. 22, 2015 at the Vancouver Hilton, and catch a glimpse of the growth and development opportunities that lie ahead for this region. This year's keynote features Ken Fisher, founder and CEO of Fisher Investments in Camas, who will provide his outlook for the local economy.

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