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A pair of moviegoers wait for their concessions on Wednesday at Battle Ground Cinema. The multiplex was one of a handful of local theaters that reopened earlier this month.

Clark County theaters in limbo after glitch delays applications for federal grant

A pair of moviegoers wait for their concessions on Wednesday at Battle Ground Cinema. The multiplex was one of a handful of local theaters that reopened earlier this month.

April 23, 2021, 6:03am Clark County Business

April 8 was supposed to be the big day. After three months of waiting, stage and screen venue operators were finally going to get their chance to apply for Shuttered Venue Operator grants, a major federal lifeline for one of the hardest-hit industries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read story

Beaches server April Martinell brings a plate of bread to customers. Restaurants returned to limited indoor dining in February.

Clark County adds 700 jobs in March for 3rd straight month of gains

Beaches server April Martinell brings a plate of bread to customers. Restaurants returned to limited indoor dining in February.

April 20, 2021, 6:45pm Business

Clark County gained about 700 jobs in March on a seasonally adjusted scale. It was the third month in a row of gains for the local job market. Read story

The Columbia Palisades development, as seen from the bluff that lines the northern and eastern sides of the site. The eastern half of the former Fisher Quarry is poised to become a major development hub along the 192nd Avenue corridor.  At top, Romano Capital recently wrapped up work on the Westridge apartment complex, one of four projects that the company has been working on within the 192nd Avenue corridor. Company President Kess Romano said he sees the eastern corridor and Ridgefield as Clark County's two biggest development hot spots at the moment.

Vancouver’s 192nd corridor reimagined

The Columbia Palisades development, as seen from the bluff that lines the northern and eastern sides of the site. The eastern half of the former Fisher Quarry is poised to become a major development hub along the 192nd Avenue corridor.  At top, Romano Capital recently wrapped up work on the Westridge apartment complex, one of four projects that the company has been working on within the 192nd Avenue corridor. Company President Kess Romano said he sees the eastern corridor and Ridgefield as Clark County's two biggest development hot spots at the moment.

April 11, 2021, 6:05am Business

Commercial buildings and subdivisions line most of the length of 192nd Avenue today, but as recently as 30 years ago, none of that bustling corridor existed — not even the road itself. A viewer flying over today’s eastern edge of Vancouver in the early 1990s would have seen an expanse… Read story

A motorist drives past the exterior of the former J.C. Penney store at Columbia Tech Center, which filed for bankruptcy last year and closed. Retail stores are the only industry in which bankruptcies are increasing. The total number of bankruptcies in Clark County has been decreasing for years, even with the economic impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Bankruptcies low in Clark County during pandemic

A motorist drives past the exterior of the former J.C. Penney store at Columbia Tech Center, which filed for bankruptcy last year and closed. Retail stores are the only industry in which bankruptcies are increasing. The total number of bankruptcies in Clark County has been decreasing for years, even with the economic impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

February 22, 2021, 6:01am Business

A series of government interventions in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic kept the nation’s bankruptcy levels to the lowest seen since before the Great Recession. Read story

Becky Milner, owner of Vintage Books, chats with a colleague while pausing behind a protective panel at the front counter. Vintage Books is preparing for the holiday season that will be much more geared toward e-commerce. But there are many unknowns with revenue for the busiest time of year.

Clark County merchants flip tactics to avoid holiday flop

Becky Milner, owner of Vintage Books, chats with a colleague while pausing behind a protective panel at the front counter. Vintage Books is preparing for the holiday season that will be much more geared toward e-commerce. But there are many unknowns with revenue for the busiest time of year.

November 22, 2020, 6:05am Business

Pam Edwards loves the hubbub of the holiday season, and a big part of that is strolling through stores decorated with the festive sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. Read story

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State launches data dashboard to track COVID-19’s impact on Washington economy

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September 22, 2020, 8:38am Business

The state has unveiled a new interactive data tool to examine the depth of COVID-19’s impact on our struggling economy, which has pushed Washingtonians to file unemployment claims at historically high levels for months, the state Department of Commerce announced Monday. Read story

A ship carrying wind turbine parts is unloaded at the Port of Vancouver in July. The coronavirus pandemic has hit seafarers hard, with up to a quarter of the worldwide work force marooned.

Coalition rallies support for cargo ship workers stranded at sea

A ship carrying wind turbine parts is unloaded at the Port of Vancouver in July. The coronavirus pandemic has hit seafarers hard, with up to a quarter of the worldwide work force marooned.

September 15, 2020, 8:14pm Clark County Business

Local labor leaders and activists joined a virtual press conference Tuesday evening hosted by the Pacific Coast Coalition for Seafarers, aimed at rallying support for cargo ship workers. Read story

Callie Christensen, left, and Kelly Oriard, co-founders and CEOs of Slumberkins, in their downtown Vancouver office in September.

Vancouver’s Slumberkins No. 270 on list of fastest-growing firms in U.S.

Callie Christensen, left, and Kelly Oriard, co-founders and CEOs of Slumberkins, in their downtown Vancouver office in September.

August 19, 2020, 3:13pm Business

Vancouver-based educational children’s brand Slumberkins has more than doubled its revenue every year since its founding, and if the past five months are any indication, the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t going to alter that trajectory. Read story

Washington likely to seek loan to keep jobless fund solvent

June 29, 2020, 4:35pm Business

OLYMPIA — Washington state could make a request for a federal loan as soon as August or September to secure funds by the end of the year in order to keep its unemployment trust fund solvent as it continues to pay out benefits to those affected by the coronavirus shutdowns,… Read story

HP submits application for 1.5 million-square-foot campus in east Vancouver

June 9, 2020, 10:17am Business

Printer and PC maker HP Inc. has submitted a preliminary application to the city of Vancouver detailing its plans for a new corporate campus at Section 30, the site of the former English Pit gravel mine. The site is directly north of the Columbia Tech Center, where HP’s current Vancouver… Read story