Stories by Aaron
Gregoire, CREDC, port were part of campaign to entice sportswear giant
The city of Vancouver aggressively sought an expansion of Nike Inc. in Clark County, offering at least $8.1 million for the project and pitching the company on expanding at the former Hewlett-Packard site now owned by SEH America, public records obtained by The Columbian show.
Vancouver-based firm outsources human resources services
Barrett Business Services Inc., the Vancouver-based supplier of staffing and outsourced human resources services, reported solid financial results Wednesday, raking in fourth-quarter net revenues of $113.7 million — a 34 percent increase year over year.
Training can lead to blue-collar jobs
Not long ago, Bree Smith found herself stuck in a pit of a job, rapidly going nowhere on a bottom-rung paycheck.
Commissioners expected to OK continuing exclusive lease talks with BHP Billiton
The Port of Vancouver is expected to continue to keep a key piece of property off the market in hopes of landing a potash export facility planned by a global mining company.
Company pressured state heavily before receiving tax deal
Three business days before Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber called lawmakers into a rushed special session to hand Nike a sweetheart tax deal, an attorney for the company told the state Nike would keep looking elsewhere to expand if Oregon didn't meet its needs, records obtained by The Columbian show.
You've probably never heard of Jeff Connaughton.
It's a chilly and unrelentingly gray Tuesday, but the belly of the tugboat Chief is warm as the crew prepares to feast on a pork roast.
Rumors focus on possible expansion in Camas
Rumors fly again about the future of WaferTech in Camas, with speculation suggesting the company's global parent is considering the site for expansion
A sprawling crude oil and ethanol facility with ties to Clark County businesses has been acquired for $95 million by a corporation that says the transaction will enable it to serve energy markets on the West Coast.
Nonemergency health care offered at flat fee, no wait
ZoomCare, the Portland-based chain of medical clinics, said Monday it has opened its first primary care clinic in Vancouver, at 164th Avenue and Mill Plain Boulevard. It's the privately held company's 17th such clinic since it launched six years ago.
Local economy maintains slow pace, adding 400 jobs in Dec.
Clark County's economic recovery maintained its trudging pace in December, an analysis released Wednesday showed, adding 400 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis from November.
Madore, Mielke break contract over council's support for light rail
Commissioners say they'll reinstate funding if CREDC changes position on light rail
City staff can't say whether company was playing games over Oregon taxes
Five months after Nike Inc. approached Vancouver about expanding in Clark County, city officials still can't tell anyone what they offered the athletic apparel goliath to try to land some tantalizing Nike jobs here.
Longtime relationship with PeaceHealth to end this fall
About 100,000 Clark County residents who receive health insurance through Kaiser Permanente will go to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center for hospital services under a sweeping new agreement between the two medical giants.
Sites in Ridgefield, B.G. among those considered for planned north county location
As north Clark County grapples with growth, Clark College is emerging as a key player in how that region will look and feel for decades to come.
Tech giant considering selling assets, businesses
Hewlett-Packard Co., whose workforce includes an estimated 500 employees in Vancouver, is considering jettisoning assets and business units, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company said in its year-end financial statement.
After 30 years of helping oversee Clark Public Utilities' power and water decisions, Carol Curtis is stepping down from her post as one of the utility's three elected commissioners.
Camas woman finds success helping winemakers promote their products
It was late in the summer of 2008 and, not long after launching a wine consulting company, Dixie Huey had already reached her limits.
Regina Swartz is living proof that the human spirit is no abstract concept.
Oregon tax law enacted to stave off possibility of development elsewhere
When Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber called the Oregon Legislature into a rushed special session last week, he said the state needed to give tax assurances to Nike in order to keep the company from expanding out of state.
Northwest Pipe, manufacturer of steel pipe, sets compensation for incoming executive board chairman, and president and CEO
Washington's estimated unemployment rate has declined below 8 percent for the first time since January 2009, reaching a seasonally adjusted 7.8 percent in November.
Terminal operators give union until Dec. 24 to accept, reject offer
One of the four operators of grain export terminals battling union dockworkers over a new contract is not on the operators' latest statement rejecting a union offer
PeaceHealth and Catholic Health Initiatives are asking the Washington State Department of Health for permission to launch a massive new regional health care system with operations based in Vancouver.
She claims she was fired for uncovering, reporting illegal acts
A former employee of Vancouver-based Riverview Bancorp Inc. has filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging she was retaliated against and wrongfully fired for uncovering and reporting multiple cases of fraudulent activity at the bank.
$5.3 million worth of improvements aimed at luring employers
Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners unanimously approves hiring Rotschy Inc. to install infrastructure at 58-acre portion of Centennial Industrial Park
Turns out, green jobs — those future jobs that will help underpin a sustainable economy — are already here. What's more, greener industries grow faster than the overall economy, and states in the U.S. that possess a greater focus on green industries have fared better in the economic crash.
Thousands statewide to exhaust all benefits by year's end
Clark County remains a tough place to find work, and figures showing that thousands of long-term job seekers have run out of jobless benefits — with many more to come — only punch home the problem.
Camas plant is valuable to parent, officials say
The semiconductor industry is pulsating with rumors that the global parent of WaferTech -- one of Clark County's biggest employers -- wants to expand elsewhere, raising questions about the future of the 16-year-old, Camas-based manufacturer of computer chips.
Union dockworkers given until Dec. 8 to accept contract
Operators of six grain export terminals — including United Grain Corp.'s facility at the Port of Vancouver — struck an aggressive tone Thursday in giving union dockworkers until Dec. 8 to accept their "last and final offer."
Owners say they'll respond today to longshoremen's comments about 'final offer'
With a midnight deadline looming for a possible lockout at six grain export terminals — including United Grain Corp.'s facility at the Port of Vancouver — terminal owners said Wednesday they'll take more time to respond to union dockworkers' request for further negotiations.
It is aimed at stalking enemy submarines
A global defense company has received a $58 million contract to build an unmanned vessel that stalks enemy submarines, and two companies in the Portland-Vancouver region will benefit.
Ostensibly, Vancouver-based Columbia Machine Inc. shouldn't be here.
Job growth stronger than expected in second quarter
Clark County, mired in an agonizingly slow recovery, got a jolt of good news Tuesday as the region's labor economist reported that the local economy performed better than expected in this year's second quarter.
Clark Public Utilities' crew back home after emotional, exhausting 15-day tour
Uprooted homes. Hollowed-out lives. Misery on a staggering scale.
Gains in private sector are offset somewhat by government losses
Washington state added a net 6,700 jobs in October, the state Employment Security Department reported Thursday, and posted an initial unemployment rate of 8.2 percent, down from 8.5 percent in September.
Commissioners cut back on capital projects, opt against property tax hike
The Port of Vancouver will head into 2013 with a slimmed-down spending plan but with expectations it will rope in more revenue to plow into infrastructure projects and jobs, thanks to a decision by its Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
Department of Ecology approves largest water right in recent state history for Clark Public Utilities, and a smaller one for Ridgefield
While much of the world, including the U.S. West, struggles over how to maintain a sustainable supply of water, communities across Clark County on Friday received a reassuring message: Your access to that crucial and finite resource is guaranteed for decades.
The Washington Department of Ecology approves significant new sources of water for utility's service area
One company has submitted preliminary plans to build facility
The Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association is pursuing two biotechnology companies in hopes of landing them -- and the jobs they'd bring -- in Camas, the head of the association said this week.
Plan would redevelop former lumber mill property into business, recreational hub
Aiming to secure public access to a waterfront property and then revitalize it for commercial purposes, the Port of Camas-Washougal Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the acquisition of about half of the 26-acre former Hambleton Lumber Co. site.
Although its retail sales have been flat so far this year, Nautilus Inc. on Monday reported a third-quarter profit of nearly $1 million. The company's top executives, meanwhile, said they're working on several initiatives, including rolling out new products at lower prices to reach more consumers and to expand the business.
Utility crews join effort to restore power in N.J.
Clark Public Utilities crews have arrived in New Jersey to help restore power on the East Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, joining electric companies across the U.S. in the recovery effort.
Camas operations healthy; solar branch largely dismantled
Half a world away, the giant Japanese electronics company Sharp Corp. is in a world of trouble.
Utility serving Clark County joins other electric companies in relief effort
He discusses global economy, America's role in it at WSUV
Leo Panitch, an expert in political science and economics, came to Washington State University Vancouver on Tuesday looking to capsize conventional wisdom about the global economy and America's role in it.
Failure of dockworkers, shippers to reach deal would have big impact
The continuing negotiations between regional grain shippers and union dockworkers might seem, at first glance, like a limited contract dispute — another bump along the way to smoothing out the lines of international commerce.
When James Hansen says he was too hopeful about the potential impacts of climate change, you know it's time to pay attention -- and to act.
$64M proposal 20% less than 2012 plan, includes no 1% property tax hike
Facing global economic and political headwinds, the Port of Vancouver is proposing a smaller spending plan for 2013. It also expects to forgo taking the 1 percent property tax hike it's allowed under state law.
Port commissioners OK their part of interlocal pact for economic development
When opportunities arise to help businesses grow and to create jobs, the Port of Vancouver and the city of Vancouver want to be able to move quickly to grab them.