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Clark County's economy remains in slow-growth mode in September
Unemployment rate stays nearly unchanged
Washington state’s economy added a net 1,200 jobs from August to September, the state Employment Security Department reported Wednesday, as unemployment dropped to 8.5 percent — down from an estimated 8.6 percent a month earlier.
Add another voice to the ongoing talks aimed at reaching a new labor agreement between union dockworkers and grain shippers.
Next Clark Public Utilities commissioner will help agency maneuver challenging future
When voters select a new Clark Public Utilities commissioner, they'll shape the direction of a three-member board that provides commodities used by tens of thousands of Clark County businesses and households: electricity and water.The candidates in the upcoming Nov. 6 general election are Jim Malinowski, 74, a retired utility engineer and a power utilities technology instructor at Clark College; and Julia Anderson, a 65-year-old freelance journalist and former Columbian business editor. The winner will represent District 1 in north Clark County.
Several initiatives direct resources to high-tech advanced manufacturing
Small and medium-sized companies involved in advanced manufacturing in Clark and other nearby counties will get help with everything from market research to workforce training thanks to a $1.79 million federal grant.
Its first eye care center opens today; kidney treatment enhanced
The Vancouver Clinic is stepping up its mission to provide comprehensive and convenient health care services, launching its first-ever eye care clinic and expanding its kidney-treatment services at its Salmon Creek location.
Talk to economists, businesspeople and economic developers, and often the running assumption about the future is that there will always be growth.
Workforce development council serves Southwest Washington region
A Vancouver nonprofit that oversees job training programs and helps employers recruit workers in Southwest Washington has received $4.32 million to help job seekers boost their skills and find employment.
Founder, CEO of two 50-year-old small businesses share secrets to longevity
Dena Strong and Vern Peterson carved out their careers in two completely different businesses. But their small Clark County companies share something in common: They're turning 50 this year.
Washougal firm, state L&I reach deal; penalties reduced
Pendleton Woolen Mills has agreed to take extra steps to boost health and safety at its Washougal textile mill in exchange for paying reduced penalties for violations under an agreement it has reached with state regulators.
Clark County shed an estimated 700 jobs in August and posted a preliminary unemployment rate of 9.6 percent, further indications of the area's sluggish growth, the region's labor economist reported Tuesday.
IT leader positions to be relocated to local headquarters
PeaceHealth will cut 45 jobs from its information-technology staff and relocate another eight from other regions to its headquarters in Vancouver as part of its ongoing effort to streamline administrative support functions for medical services.
Sapa Extrusions North America, which makes aluminum products such as deck railing and bike frames, announced Friday the completion of its first facility in Washington state. The company convened an open house to highlight its 142,800-square-foot building at the Port of Vancouver.The building houses equipment transferred from Sapa's Portland facilities and other regional facilities, and features new equipment and upgrades. The company employs 100 people at the location it's leasing from the port. Sapa's regional operations include a Portland facility that employs 500 people. The company serves a range of markets, including solar and renewable energy, building and construction, and distribution and consumer durables.
Unemployment rate rises slightlyto 8.6 percent
Washington state's economy came up short in August, the state Employment Security Department reported Wednesday, as large decreases in leisure and hospitality and wholesale trade payrolls contributed to a net loss of 1,100 jobs over the month.
Snack plant lauded for providing local workers steady employment
The next time you reach into a bag of Frito-Lay snack chips just remember one thing: There's a good chance the salty goodies were made in Vancouver before they landed on a store's shelf.
He expects to add 450 workers at HQ by 2017, create regional health care system based in Vancouver
It's no surprise health care plays a major role in Clark County's economy. In July alone, for example, the county added 300 jobs in the rapidly changing sector.
The job-producing project is important, but perhaps not as important as the way it's being funded.
State agency's records cite multitude of violations that jeopardize worker safety at Washougal woolen mill
Pendleton Woolen Mills is one of the Northwest's best-known and most respected companies, a rare survivor from the region's industrial past that is positioned for a prosperous future.Yet as the Portland-based company celebrates its 100th anniversary, its antiquated Washougal textile mill is proving to be an embarrassment as the company faces charges from the state of failing to protect the health and safety of the mill's 190 workers.
Proof of a company's ability to survive an economic shock and to prepare for a fresh future went on display Friday morning as Vancouver-based Nautilus Inc. -- a manufacturer of fitness equipment -- celebrated its new global headquarters amid cheers and claps from its employees.
Nautilus CEO Bruce Cazenave says opening of new, relocated offices is a recommitment to keep jobs in Vancouver
Group aiming for $5.5M by 2017 to boost Clark County economy
Clark County’s largest nonprofit business recruiter and jobs promoter has already reached 60 percent of its goal of raising $5.5 million through 2017 to fund its annual operating budget.
Clark County's largest nonprofit business recruiter and jobs promoter will announce its "Opportunity Clark County" capital campaign next week, aiming to raise a total of $5.5 million through 2017 to fund its annual operating budget.
Manufacturer of steel pipe says it has hired a new independent registered accounting firm
BNSF Railway Chairman and CEO Matthew Rose weighs in on coal-train traffic and coal dust, among other issues
Clark County added a net 800 jobs in the 12 months through July.
Project aimed at luring employers, new jobs
The Port of Camas-Washougal, joined by other east Clark County officials, kicks off construction of infrastructure to entice employers to build
Washington's July jobless rate inches up, although annual data show overall improvement in the labor market
Area's ability to attract companies harmed, CREDC tells state
Clark County's largest nonprofit jobs promoter and business recruiter issued a position paper Tuesday calling on state government to streamline its permitting and appeals processes to boost the region's ability to compete for jobs.
When you lose your job for the first time and you watch the career you thought you had vanish, it feels like nothing you've ever felt before.
Port aims to attract tenants with Centennial Industrial Park
Building a massive new network of rail tracks to boost business isn't the only project that the Port of Vancouver has its eye on these days.
The manufacturer of steel pipe was involved in legal battles since late 2009
Malinowski and Anderson lay out general election plans
The field of seven candidates for a position on the Clark Public Utilities Board of Commissioners narrowed to two in Tuesday's primary election, with Jim Malinowski and Julia Anderson garnering the most votes.
Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency said Tuesday it has imposed a $1 million civil penalty against a Vancouver man for violating securities laws.
Vancouver fitness equipment maker's net sales rose in 2Q
No company wants to see a financial loss, however small. But Nautilus, Inc. took its $164,000 shortcoming in the second quarter ended June 30 practically in stride as officials pointed to higher overall sales and planned new product launches during an earnings conference call Monday.
It washed up in Oregon after being ripped loose by 2011 tsunami
It’s not the biggest job that Ballard Diving and Salvage has taken on, but it’s an important one that few contractors are capable of doing.
Fitness equipment maker relocating to smaller building at Columbia Tech Center
Nautilus Inc. is close to relocating its headquarters within the Columbia Tech Center campus, with more than 80 percent of its new, smaller building's construction completed and with the move-in expected to wrap up in September.
Clark County's job market showed no signs of speeding up in June, the region's labor economist reported Tuesday.
Clark County's economy remained slow in June but 'moving in the right direction,' economist says
Todd Coleman will receive an annual salary of $186,524
The Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved an annual salary of $186,524 for the port’s new executive director, Todd Coleman.
Incoming executive has requested a raise over Paulson's pay
The Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners is expected to decide the salary of the port's new executive director, Todd Coleman, today.
The Port of Ridgefield said Friday it has sold a 5.6-acre property to Portland-based Alliance Industrial Group, which plans to build an 80,000-square-foot facility and employ up to 160 employees at the site.
He faces $1M penalty for allegedly taking $187K from investors
Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency said Thursday it has ordered a Vancouver man to stop illegally selling securities. The Department of Consumer and Business Services also said it plans to levy a $1 million civil penalty against Shelby H. Bell, who it said has taken in nearly $200,000 from thousands of investors.
Oregon regulators say Shelby H. Bell violated several of the state's securities laws
Payrolls in Washington state rise, though jobless rate stays the same
Employers in Washington added a net 58,500 jobs in the 12 months through June, the state Employment Security Department said Wednesday. The unemployment rate, however, did not budge, staying at an estimated 8.3 percent.
Settlement is less than a quarter of 'base penalty' for violations
Great Western Malting Co. — the Vancouver-based maker and seller of beer malt — has found out what happens when you breach rules that signify the U.S. government's decades-long distaste for Cuba.
Seven candidates share their priorities, ideas and proposals
Seven candidates are competing for the District 1 position on the Clark Public Utilities Board of Commissioners now held by Carol Curtis, who is not seeking re-election after 30 years of representing the North Clark County district.
My 10-year-old niece, Elizabeth, tossed the pebble into the pond, and the ripples it made were impressive.
Inspection of Washougal mill drew $93,000 in penalties from L&I
Portland-based Pendleton Woolen Mills is asking the Washington Department of Labor & Industries to throw out all 41 of the workplace safety and health violations — and $93,300 in penalties — it levied against the company's textile mill in Washougal.
Work part of effort to improve train traffic
The Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a $2.5 million contract to begin work on building a new rail access route into the port. The project, to begin in August, will rid the region of a traffic chokepoint and boost the movement of both freight and passenger train traffic.
The Port of Camas-Washougal today will discuss whether to officially weigh in on the potential impacts of increased train traffic that may result if plans to export coal from the Pacific Northwest become reality.