AUGUST 4, 2014

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Northern State study second of its kind Skagit County, the Port of Skagit and the city of Sedro-Woolley formed an interlocal partnership in January for a comprehensive study of the best possible uses of the site economically. 

State Commerce Department announces new program to help small business borrowers with SBA loan collateralIf you’re a small business owner looking for a loan but lacking collateral, the Washington State Department of Commerce this week unveiled a program that could be of assistance.

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES

 Guest Column: Inslee seeks to expand Ecology’s reach, authorityWashington Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement regarding Washington’s water quality standards includes a dramatic proposal that raises many red flags for communities and families throughout the state.

 

UNIONS 

$2 Billion a Day at Stake if Longshoremen Join Truckers on West Coast Port Picket LinesFor executives at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the 120 disgruntled truck drivers who picketed for five days last month proved to be little more than a nuisance. Now the busiest U.S. ports face a potentially wider problem: 7,000 longshore workers joining them.

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