A California startup aiming to drastically cut the costs of home refinancing has branched out to Washington and Oregon with an online lending service that it hopes will be the cutting edge of a transformation of the highly regulated home lending industry.
Bruno Amicci acted like a kid in a candy shop Wednesday morning as he bustled through the Luepke building in downtown Vancouver, talking nonstop to a handful of visitors and employees in the largely empty space.
A new political action committee, calling the Port of Vancouver "out of touch with our community and the public interest," says it will provide campaign cash and grass-roots personnel to get candidates that share its values elected to the port's three-member board of commissioners.
By SHELBY SEBENS for The Columbian
January 21, 2015 4:44 p.m.
The fact that starting a new business is hard and most of them fail probably wasn't news to the business executives and small business owners who turned out for a networking session in downtown Vancouver Wednesday morning.
The state agency that reviews major energy projects agreed Tuesday to launch preliminary meetings that will help set the stage for a courtlike trial of a proposal to build the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver.
Mark Rodgers likes to know how things work. He started taking computer programing classes after serving in the Army. While working for the Oregon Department of Transportation he figured out how to repair the computer-run traffic signals. Now he trains others on how to repair the signals. "I am known as 'The Guy' in knowing how to fix the signals," Rodgers said.
Opponents and backers of a proposal to build the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver are battling over the timing of legal proceedings that will help decide the proposal's fate.