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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.