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Volunteer Harley Fowler, with bucket, pours a layer of rocks into a Grattix box at the Port of Vancouver last week. The boxes will be given for free to some businesses along the Columbia River.

Port of Vancouver’s Grattix boxes provided gratis

Volunteer Harley Fowler, with bucket, pours a layer of rocks into a Grattix box at the Port of Vancouver last week. The boxes will be given for free to some businesses along the Columbia River.

January 30, 2023, 6:05am Business

What began as a project to filter stormwater at the Port of Vancouver has evolved into an innovation now being spread to businesses up and down the Columbia River. Read story

An ambulance passes PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on in September 2021.

Clark County, regional hiring appears to slow

An ambulance passes PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on in September 2021.

January 24, 2023, 5:38pm Business

Hiring in Clark County appeared to be slowing in December, according to preliminary estimates from the Washington Employment Security Department. It was the same situation in each of Southwest Washington’s counties. Read story

Crumbl cookies are a made-from-scratch indulgence, as seen here in a photo from the Hazel Dell location.

Crumbl Cookies coming to Vancouver Mall area

Crumbl cookies are a made-from-scratch indulgence, as seen here in a photo from the Hazel Dell location.

January 24, 2023, 6:02am Business

Cookie lovers will rejoice with a second Vancouver-area Crumbl Cookies opening its doors in Orchards on Friday. Read story

Kevin Syverson, left, and Chase Kleinschmidt of Silicon Forest Electronics demonstrate a pick-and-place machine.

Clark County’s high-tech ecosystem takes a network

Kevin Syverson, left, and Chase Kleinschmidt of Silicon Forest Electronics demonstrate a pick-and-place machine.

January 22, 2023, 6:05am Business

When the Columbia River Economic Development Council was formed in 1982, the three largest employers in Clark County were the Boise Cascade paper mill downtown, the Alcoa aluminum smelter near the Port of Vancouver and the Crown Zellerbach paper mill in Camas. Read story

Clark College center strives to serve industry, students

January 22, 2023, 6:04am Business

Clark College’s Center of Excellence for Semiconductors and Electronics Manufacturing program is a big part of the region’s effort to train high-tech employees. Read story

Drivers pass land proposed for industrial development, left, north of state Highway 14. Developer Killian Pacific has plans for four large industrial buildings there, to be used in a flexible capacity.

Industrial development planned off Highway 14 in Vancouver

Drivers pass land proposed for industrial development, left, north of state Highway 14. Developer Killian Pacific has plans for four large industrial buildings there, to be used in a flexible capacity.

January 21, 2023, 6:02am Business

It’s a site that anyone who regularly drives down state Highway 14 in Vancouver would recognize — an empty, roughly 17 acres of land, just down the road from the Grand Central retail center. Now it’s being planned as a large flexible industrial development called simply The Collective. Read story

At left, two robbers are seen in this surveillance video captured at Sticky's Pot Shop in Hazel Dell in September. Armed robberies at cannabis retailers spiked statewide last year.

Cannabis shop robberies spiked in Clark County in 2022

At left, two robbers are seen in this surveillance video captured at Sticky's Pot Shop in Hazel Dell in September. Armed robberies at cannabis retailers spiked statewide last year.

January 19, 2023, 6:02am Business

It was almost 10 p.m. in late February 2022 when four armed robbers, all in their late teens and early twenties, stormed the Craft Cannabis Marijuana Dispensary on Andresen Road, holding two shop employees at gunpoint and stealing about $1,600 in cash plus cannabis-related products. Read story

A company sweatshirt is seen on the chair of an employee at Sigma Design.

Camas-based Sigma Design laying off 42 employees

A company sweatshirt is seen on the chair of an employee at Sigma Design.

January 17, 2023, 5:34pm Business

Camas-based Sigma Design Inc. is permanently laying off 42 employees in Camas and Vancouver as of Jan. 31, according to the Washington Employment Security Department. Read story

Work started last summer on Port of Vancouver USA's Berth 17 at the port's Terminal 5. Work on the berth, which includes removing an old crane, is expected to be completed this summer.

Port of Vancouver cleans up former brownfield site, readies waterfront for more business

Work started last summer on Port of Vancouver USA's Berth 17 at the port's Terminal 5. Work on the berth, which includes removing an old crane, is expected to be completed this summer.

January 14, 2023, 6:01am Business

The Port of Vancouver has rehabilitated an old brownfield site and is now making improvements to its associated maritime dock. The rehabilitation of the berth is a big investment — around $13 million — but when work is complete, the port expects to bring more business to the city’s shoreline. Read story

Construction continues on the ZoomInfo building at Terminal 1 at the Vancouver waterfront. Multiple office buildings are under construction downtown, expanding the supply of office space for the area and bringing in new businesses.

Vancouver office space is in demand

Construction continues on the ZoomInfo building at Terminal 1 at the Vancouver waterfront. Multiple office buildings are under construction downtown, expanding the supply of office space for the area and bringing in new businesses.

January 12, 2023, 6:02am Business

As the national office vacancy rate sat at about 16.2 percent at the end of November, demand for office space in downtown Vancouver remains much more competitive. Read story