Boosters of solar power on Thursday unveiled a new report about the increase in use of that renewable energy as part of a larger effort to support the federal government's push to slash carbon pollution in the face of climate change. Thursday's event also put the spotlight on Vancouver's growing private solar sector, as backers of solar power in Washington gathered to discuss the issue at the facilities of two local companies: Brimma Solar and SunModo.
The new Bamboo Spark is built on the use of a smart pen and a smart folio. Users can write with the smart pen on standard A5 paper. An EMR, or Electro-Magnetic Resonance, board in a smart folio communicates with the pen and preserves the written words or images for storage and editing.
The Port of Camas-Washougal said Wednesday that its Board of Commissioners will convene a special meeting today at the port’s office, 24 S. A St. in Washougal, to discuss and decide which applicants to interview for the District 1 position on the three-member board.
Gov. Jay Inslee's nine-day trade mission to Korea and Japan includes three Southwest Washington representatives who are attending portions of the visit as part of a 70-plus member delegation of Washington business and government officials.
The next billionaire may be the entrepreneur who figures out how to turn contaminated mine water into drinking water. In the process, they would make part of their fortune recovering chemicals and metals we use in our everyday lives.
Bob Berrigan is used to hearing a bittersweet saying from Future Business Leaders of America students at Heritage High School. So he would not be surprised to hear how student Christopher Kites feels about the business club.
The AAA auto club is projecting a 1 percent increase from 2014 in the number of Americans who will travel during the upcoming Labor Day weekend, with a 1.2 percent increase in travel by residents of a Western region that includes Washington and Oregon.
Is the sun setting on Clark County solar opportunities? Or does the sector offer bright opportunities for job creation here?
Already, the greater Portland-Vancouver metro area has a foothold in solar, thanks to SolarWorld in Hillsboro, Ore., which claims to be America's largest, most advanced photovoltaic production site. Japanese corporation Sharp this year chose to base its U.S. solar operations in Camas. Vancouver silicon manufacturer SEH America has hinted that it might venture into the field.
Give a business a $1 million break on taxes and fees: Good idea or bad?
It depends on the business, the types of taxes we're talking about, and how we tell the story, to look at two recent local examples.
Forget alternative energy or high-tech health care. Clark County's developing a niche with no help from the economic development experts: vice. Just look at the evidence. Booze, gambling and drugs are all growing sectors in our economy, bringing in millions of dollars and likely employing hundreds of local people.
The booze is the least controversial. As reporter Sue Vorenberg writes in today's Life section, Vancouver's got a burgeoning beer scene, with a handful of established microbrew pubs and tasting rooms already here and more on the way. Clark County also has a small but growing wine scene, with Three Brothers Winery, East Fork Cellars and Gouger Cellars Winery all earning awards in recent years. Beyond locally made drinks, Clark County liquor sales are up 35 percent to $38.2 million over the past decade, when adjusted for inflation, according to the state Liquor Control Board.
It's probably not a good sign that Clark County's chief cable regulator is just as confused about Comcast's rates as the rest of us.
"It is difficult trying to find the rates on the website -- I can't find them," said Jim Demmon, director of the City/County Cable Office. "We do get a rate sheet here each year, but for new customers you see one rate, for existing it's another, by the time you add in different factors it's very frustrating. And we can't require them to make it available to the public."
On stage, gurus held forth on Twitter and news, Twitter during emergencies, Twitter as a business tool.
It was the 140 Character Conference Northwest. A chance to talk, tweet and learn about Twitter, right here in Vancouver.