DECEMBER 22, 2016


Tri-Cities Airport unveils new security checkpoint for holiday travelers

Wendy Culverwell, December 21, 2016, Tri-City Herald

Holiday travelers will have a little more breathing room when they pass through security at the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco.

The Port of Pasco unveiled the expansive new passenger screening area Wednesday, just in time for the departures of its six morning flights and their 500-plus passengers.

The Transportation Security Administration moved its equipment into the new passenger screening zone Tuesday night and had two operating lanes going by morning.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT to open Customer Care facility in Washington

GlobeNewswire, December 21, 2016,, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) has finalized plans to open a new Customer Care call center in Grays Harbor County, Washington, bringing at least 150 jobs to the region by May of 2017. The lease, which was approved Wednesday in a special meeting of the Port of Grays Harbor Commission, will encompass 20,000 square feet of space in a building housed inside the Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington.

“Overstock is excited to become a part of the Grays Harbor community with our newest Customer Care center,” said Senior Vice President Carter
Lee. “It’s a win-win situation. Overstock is bringing jobs to the region while at the same time increasing our ability to provide the award-winning customer support that is synonymous with our brand.”

The online retailer selected the Grays Harbor site to help boost economic recovery in the region, which has unemployment levels higher than state and national averages. Once the location for the new facility was decided upon, Overstock worked closely with state and local officials to find a site that could provide the required high-speed telecommunication and flexible tech office space needed.

Read more here: leases office space at Satsop Business Park for customer care call center

LocalTalk Contributor, December 22, 2016

The Satsop Business Park’s ready-to-use office space and redundant fiber and power have attracted a leading online retailer, to the Park. On Wednesday, the Port of Grays Harbor Commissioners approved a lease with for 20,000 square feet of office space to house the company’s first customer care call center in Washington State.

The lease is effective January 1, 2017, at which time Overstock will begin moving furniture and equipment in to serve approximately 150 employees. The customer care call center expects to begin hiring in February and be operating by May. Overstock will look to fill positions by tapping into the labor pool of the surrounding five-county region including Grays Harbor, Thurston, Lewis, Mason and Pacific.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the Grays Harbor community and an ideal place for Overstock to expand its operations,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “The addition of 150 jobs will provide a significant boost to the local economy. We’re all looking forward to Overstock investing in Washington, and in Elma.”

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Overstock leases space for 150-job call center at never-completed nuclear plant

Casey Coombs, December 21, 2016, Puget Sound Business Journal has finalized plans to open a call center in Grays Harbor County, bringing at least 150 jobs to the region by May.

The Port of Grays Harbor Commission on Wednesday approved Overstock’s lease for a 20,000-square-foot building in the Satsop Business Park in Elma.

Salt Lake City-based Overstock (Nasdaq: OSTK) has leased a full floor of the office building constructed on the site of a nuclear power plant that was never activated. The company plans to upgrade the facility and individual workstations ahead of the May opening.

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Waterfront planning moves forward

Dawn Feldhaus, December 22, 2016, Camas-Washougal Post-Record

A Seattle architect hired by the Port of Camas-Washougal has referred to the potential of a Fred Meyer store and fuel station opening near Washougal Waterfront Park and Trail, but the developer of some of that land said no agreements are in place.

David Hansen, of Hansen Design, LLC, mentioned the retail supermarket company several times during a special port commission workshop Dec. 14, while presenting a draft master planning vision for development of a portion of the former Hambleton Lumber Company property.

The port has a $25,000 contract with Hansen to create a master plan for the land at 335 S. “A” St., Washougal.

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 Downtown Poulsbo parking lot to close during construction project

Nathan Pilling, December 21, 2016, Kitsap Sun

One of the city’s downtown parking lots will be closed for several weeks during a construction project beginning next month.

The combined city-Port of Poulsbo lot, which sits off Front Street between the SEA Discovery Center and the Slippery Pig Brewery, is slated to receive a few improvements in a two-part project. The approximately $500,000 effort, a partnership between the city and the port, will include stormwater treatment improvements and repairs to the sea bulkhead underneath the lot.

The work is set to begin Jan. 23 and last for about 30 days. Pedestrian access to the marina and nearby businesses as well as vehicle access to the Discovery Center will be maintained during the work, according to the city.

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Rash of derelict boats in South Sound strains response resources

Derrick Nunnally, December 21, 2016, The News Tribune

When a boat is left neglected in Washington waters — tied up or anchored down for weeks — the way things are supposed to work is straightforward.

The official or private citizen who spots the boat reports it to the state Department of Natural Resources to investigate and look for the owner. Eventually, the boat is either claimed or removed. Under state law, this policy governs boats in Puget Sound and inland lakes and rivers. It has led to the removal of about 600 boats in its 15 years.

But over the past few months, a watchdog agency for Commencement Bay says the program hasn’t been effective at managing the derelict boats in Sound waters near Tacoma. Officials from the nonprofit Citizens for a Healthy Bay said they have watched and reported five boats since the beginning of October. Three of them either sank or ran aground before the state agency intervened.

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