Cantwell in Vancouver seeking small-business answers

By Aaron Corvin April 16, 2014 4:20 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., on Wednesday took public testimony and asked questions at Vancouver City Hall during her first field hearing as chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Legal bounds of oil terminal lease called into question

By Aaron Corvin April 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Opponents of a proposal to build the Northwest’s largest oil-by-rail transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver have packed public hearings and repeatedly pounded a message to port commissioners: cancel the lease with Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies.

Dispute between food processor, port ramps up

By Aaron Corvin April 8, 2014 5:28 p.m.

A landlord-tenant dispute between Northwest Packing Co. and the Port of Vancouver flared today, as the regional food processor once again pressed its case for a lower lease payment.

Legacy's new leader talks health reform  

By Aaron Corvin April 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Bryce Helgerson, the new chief administrative officer at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, learned the value of a community hospital as a high school student living in a small farming town in northeast Iowa.

Strictly Business: Economic smart growth

By Aaron Corvin April 6, 2014 6 a.m.

The game of economic development promises job- and tax revenue-creating benefits to communities. To players, deploying certain policy and tax-incentive tools are integral parts of a smart government's capacity to win new employers and secure business expansions.

Review to begin of two proposed oil-handling expansions in Grays Harbor

By Aaron Corvin April 4, 2014 7:04 p.m.

Environmental-impact reviews will begin next week of two separate proposals in Grays Harbor County to expand the handling of liquid bulk materials, including hauling crude oil by train, the state Department of Ecology said Friday.

Port of C-W seeks to secure funding for park, trail

By Aaron Corvin April 2, 2014 4:37 p.m.

The Port of Camas-Washougal will apply for an estimated $1.15 million in state grant funding to help pay for a new waterfront park and trail

Vancouver-based Northwest Pipe Co. sells $42.7M in assets

By Aaron Corvin March 31, 2014 3:46 p.m.

Vancouver-based Northwest Pipe Co. said Monday it has sold substantially all of its oil country tubular goods assets.

ILWU picket not guilty of harassment

By Aaron Corvin March 28, 2014 7:22 p.m.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union said Friday that one of its Vancouver members who was charged in August with misdemeanor harassment for her picketing activity has been found not guilty by a Clark County District Court jury.

East county development effort eyes tax credits

By Aaron Corvin March 28, 2014 5:36 p.m.

East Clark County economic development leaders are aiming to tap a federal program to spur private investment in Washougal and Camas to generate jobs. Meanwhile, they plan to investigate the market feasibility of transforming a key 40-acre waterfront parcel into a “destination” point.

Tesoro-Savage: Opposition to oil terminal premature

By Aaron Corvin and Eric Florip March 25, 2014 7:40 p.m.

Top executives from the companies behind a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver said Tuesday they believe it’s premature to take a stand against the project before the state's siting review is sent to the governor.

Tesoro, Savage brass in town for meetings

By Aaron Corvin and Gordon Oliver March 24, 2014 6:33 p.m.

Several top officials of the two companies hoping to build an oil-by-rail transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver are in town this week for private meetings with key business and government leaders, and project partners.

Study: low likelihood of derailment near waterfront project

By Aaron Corvin March 21, 2014 6:51 p.m.

A new study commissioned by the Port of Vancouver has found a very low likelihood of a train derailment on tracks that run alongside a waterfront redevelopment project whose leader says will largely be ruined if an oil-by-rail transfer terminal is built at the port.

Majority of Vancouver City Council against oil plan

By Aaron Corvin and Stephanie Rice March 19, 2014 8 p.m.

A majority of the Vancouver City Council now publicly opposes plans to build the Northwest's largest oil-handling facility at the Port of Vancouver.

Groups raise new challenge to Tesoro-Savage oil project

By Aaron Corvin March 18, 2014 5:19 p.m.

Environmental groups are levelling a new challenge against a proposal to build the Northwest’s largest oil-by-rail transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver

Washougal's waterfront vision

By Aaron Corvin March 16, 2014 6 a.m.

The Port of Camas-Washougal's plan to transform 40 acres of waterfront property into a pleasant mix of recreational amenities and residential, commercial and office buildings is no rush job.

Clark County completes recovery of jobs lost in economic crash

By Aaron Corvin March 11, 2014 7:17 p.m.

Clark County reached a major milestone in its economic progress in October, revised employment estimates released Tuesday show, finally completing its recovery of all 10,000 jobs it lost to the Great Recession.

Inslee seeks funding to study, prepare for oil-transportation risks

By Aaron Corvin March 7, 2014 8:15 p.m.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee won't say anything about the proposal to build the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail transfer terminal in Vancouver until the state permitting agency reviewing the project makes its recommendation.

NLRB: Merit in claims by union, United Grain

By Aaron Corvin March 5, 2014 8:43 p.m.

Two religious leaders called on United Grain Corp., which locked out union dockworkers more than a year ago, to repent what they called the company's sins, including greed and "theft in stealing the right to work."

Port of Vancouver asked to cancel Tesoro-Savage lease

By Aaron Corvin March 4, 2014 5:25 p.m.

Opponents of a planned oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver urged the port Tuesday to cancel its lease with Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies. They leveled several arguments against the project, including that it undermines commercial/residential redevelopment of Vancouver's waterfront, won't help America achieve energy independence, and puts people in harm's way.

Clark Public Utilities warns of deceptive calls to customers

By Aaron Corvin February 28, 2014 11:22 a.m.

Clark Public Utilities announced this week it’s received more than 20 reports from commercial customers — mostly small restaurants — of deceptive calls claiming the businesses are overdue in their electricity bills.

Oil plan backers won't join in forum

By Aaron Corvin February 27, 2014 7:51 p.m.

Representatives of the two companies that want to build the Northwest's largest oil transfer terminal in Vancouver have held many public meetings in the community to make presentations and to answer questions about their proposed oil-by-rail project. But a decision by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies against attending a forum Saturday is stirring controversy over the companies' approach to communicating with the public.

Union dockworkers locked out, looking for work

By Aaron Corvin February 26, 2014 7:38 p.m.

Two years ago, Marcel DeBord, 61, earned the right to call himself a regular "B man," a promotion and prideful place in the world of union dockworkers.

Port, Pacific Shredding tussle over land price

By Aaron Corvin February 25, 2014 5:01 p.m.

A property dispute between the Port of Vancouver and Pacific Coast Shredding has intensified, with the two parties landing in Clark County Superior Court even as they exchange pointed words over how each side is handling the matter.

Nautilus reports strong earnings for 2013

By Aaron Corvin February 24, 2014 5:54 p.m.

Nautilus Inc., the Vancouver-based manufacturer of fitness equipment, wrapped up 2013 with solid earnings, company officials said Monday, including a fourth-quarter profit of $8.5 million. That compares with a profit of $13.5 million in the October-to-December period in 2012.

Lockout: one year later

By Aaron Corvin February 23, 2014 6 a.m.

It's no anniversary to celebrate. Nevertheless, Thursday will mark a year since United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver locked out up to 44 union dockworkers after a simmering contract dispute came to a boil.

Moore targets private sector, eager to help business growth

By Aaron Corvin February 23, 2014 6 a.m.

It’s difficult to imagine Clark County’s economic-development game without Bonnie Moore running and gunning to help drive everything from an individual corporation’s growth to a region’s transition to a knowledge-based economy.

Former siting panel chair joins waterfront project

By Aaron Corvin February 17, 2014 8:14 p.m.

The former chairman of the state agency that's reviewing a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver has been hired by the developer who wants to rejuvenate the city's waterfront to advise him about the agency's permitting process.

Oil terminal slick slope for Vancouver council

By Aaron Corvin and Stephanie Rice February 17, 2014 6 a.m.

When Port of Vancouver commissioners approved a lease last year for what would be the Northwest's largest oil-handling facility, they knew Gov. Jay Inslee would decide the project's fate.

Panel reviewing proposed oil terminal

By Aaron Corvin and Erin Middlewood February 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Mark Leed took time off work to drive two hours from his Vancouver home for a meeting of the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, only to get lost on the way.

Fruit Valley residents, Savage rep talk oil plan

By Aaron Corvin February 11, 2014 5:32 p.m.

Energy companies and environmental groups are drawing battle lines over the increase in oil-by-rail operations and proposals in the Northwest, including a plan by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to handle as much as 380,000 barrels of crude per day at the Port of Vancouver.

Tesoro acquiring safer rail cars for Vancouver terminal

By Aaron Corvin February 6, 2014 6:36 p.m.

Tesoro Corp. said Thursday it has begun replacing older cars in its oil rail car fleet with safer, post-October 2011 cars. The company said it is committed to have its full fleet replaced by the middle of this year, before construction of its proposed oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

Sharp Labs in Camas to receive $4.2M to develop solar technology

By Aaron Corvin February 6, 2014 10:01 a.m.

Sharp Labs of America in Camas will receive about $4.2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop next-generation solar technology that could enable utilities to provide on-demand and low-cost solar electricity, the federal agency said Thursday.

Barrett Business Services reports robust 4Q earnings

By Aaron Corvin February 5, 2014 4:59 p.m.

Barrett Business Services Inc., the Vancouver-based supplier of staffing and outsourced human resources services, continues to surf a wave of growth, bringing in fourth-quarter net revenue of $144.5 million.

Putting knowledge to work

By Aaron Corvin February 2, 2014 6 a.m.

In 2009, Steve Cross made a smart maneuver to hang onto employment.

Pangea Motors moving to rollout

By Aaron Corvin January 31, 2014 7:02 p.m.

Leaders of the largest transportation organization in the Philippines swept into Vancouver on Friday to check the progress of a local company's efforts to revolutionize urban mass transportation in the island nation.

Clark County's labor market has 'another good month'

By Aaron Corvin January 28, 2014 5:17 p.m.

Clark County's labor market experienced "another good month" in December, the region's economist reported Tuesday, adding 3,900 jobs over the year and posting an annualized growth rate of 2.9 percent.

Port of Vancouver prepares to take eminent domain action

By Aaron Corvin January 28, 2014 4:17 p.m.

The port’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution allowing the port to launch a legal process to decide “just compensation” for acquiring roughly 1.1 acres of the nearly 14 acres Pacific Coast Shredding leases from the port.

Strictly Business: Weighing what could happen

By Aaron Corvin January 26, 2014 6 a.m.

Anyone who glances over my columns knows I'm a rabid reader.

Panels explore different factions of local economy

By Aaron Corvin , Cami Joner and Gordon Oliver January 23, 2014 7:20 p.m.

The Columbian's 2014 Economic Forecast Breakfast featured three panel discussions on a range of local business topics, and a fourth panel discussion featuring local high school and college students. Here are some highlights from those discussions.

Port, BHP working on potash facility lease

By Aaron Corvin January 23, 2014 4:25 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver still wants potash. More than three years after the world's biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, selected the port as its preferred site for a facility to export potash — a crop nutrient — the two parties remain in negotiations over the terms of a long-term lease.

Port of Camas-Washougal preps industrial park

By Aaron Corvin January 16, 2014 5:45 p.m.

As the Port of Camas-Washougal continues to prepare one of the region's largest shovel-ready properties for economic development, it is requesting a rezone for future industrial growth and welcoming the expansion of an existing tenant.

CREDC elects officers to lead economic development efforts

By Aaron Corvin January 16, 2014 9:39 a.m.

The Columbia River Economic Development Council, a Vancouver-based public-private partnership, elects officers to lead economic growth initiatives

Port of Vancouver hires firms to lobby state, federal lawmakers

By Aaron Corvin January 14, 2014 1:19 p.m.

If the Port of Vancouver fails to win favorable state and federal legislation or funding this year, it won’t be for lack of trying.

Judge rules partly in favor of port over oil terminal

By Aaron Corvin January 10, 2014 6:58 p.m.

A Clark County judge Friday ruled partly in favor of the Port of Vancouver in a lawsuit that claimed the port violated state environmental and open public meetings laws in approving a lease to build the largest oil-handling facility in the Northwest.

Judge to begin hearing oil terminal suit today

By Aaron Corvin January 9, 2014 5:17 p.m.

Legal jousting over how the Port of Vancouver handled a lease to build the largest oil-handling facility in the Northwest ramps up today, as the opposing parties head to Clark County Superior Court to argue before Judge David Gregerson.

Port of Vancouver director defends oil terminal proposal

By Aaron Corvin January 7, 2014 9:36 p.m.

WASHOUGAL — The Port of Vancouver put safeguards into a lease it signed for a controversial oil-by-rail project, including a safety and operations plan it must approve before the crude-handling facility launches, Todd Coleman, the port's executive director, said Tuesday evening.

Vancouver waterfront developer slams oil terminal plan

By Aaron Corvin January 7, 2014 9:28 p.m.

Barry Cain is no friend of the proposal to build the Northwest's largest oil-handling facility at the Port of Vancouver.

Clark Public Utilities bills up slightly as rebate decreases

By Aaron Corvin January 6, 2014 4:31 p.m.

Clark Public Utilities didn't raise rates to pay for its 2014 operations, but that doesn't mean residential customers will escape paying more for electricity this year.

Most businesses OK with permitting

By Aaron Corvin January 2, 2014 7:15 p.m.

It's not unusual for businesses to grumble about the regulatory hurdles they must clear in Washington state to obtain a permit to build, operate or expand.