SEPTEMBER 11, 2015

AIRPORTS 

Alaska Air asks court to reconsider minimum-wage ruling

By Janet I. Tu, September 9, 2015, Seattle Times

Alaska Airlines has filed a motion asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling from last month saying the $15 minimum-wage law passed by city of SeaTac voters in 2013 applies to Seattle Tacoma International Airport as well.

That means a boost in the minimum wage for many workers at the airport is on hold until the Supreme Court issues a decision on the motion for reconsideration.

Read more: http://www.seattletimes.com/business/economy/alaska-air-asks-court-to-reconsider-minimum-wage-ruling/

 

Airline Consolidation Hits Smaller Cities Hardest

By Jack Nicas, September 10, 2015, Wall Street Journal

Sept. 10, 2015 3:14 p.m. ET

The U.S. airline industry has undergone a dramatic transformation in the past seven years. Whether that’s brought pain or gain for fliers depends largely on where they live.

A Wall Street Journal analysis of industry and government data shows that while airline service and prices have changed little across the country’s major gateways as a whole, carriers have cut flights and raised fares at many smaller and medium-size airports.

Read more: http://www.wsj.com/articles/airline-consolidation-hits-smaller-cities-hardest-1441912457

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Ports of Progress: Opportunity, investment collide in Ridgefield

September 11, 2015, Vancouver Business Journal

When the Port of Ridgefield took on a now familiar waterfront clean-up effort nearly 20 years ago, it was hard to project (even by long-time Port CEO, Brent Grening) just how extensive the efforts would be. Now in the final stages, Grening said that price tag is coming in around $90 million dollars.

Nelson Holmberg, vice president of innovation said, “I would guess, based on numbers alone, it’s one of the biggest, most expensive clean-ups in the history of the state that’s not a superfund.”

Indeed, the contamination left by bankrupt Pacific Wood Treating included 43 acres of waterfront property as well as Carty Lake and Lake River. That acreage, which represents the port’s largest piece of property, is being treated with great reverence by its employees as they move forward in the re-development process.

Read more: http://www.vbjusa.com/news/top-stories/ports-of-progress-opportunity-investment-collide-in-ridgefield/

 

 

Proposed Port deal could bring Web company to Walla Walla

By Vicki Hillhouse, September 11, 2015, Walla Walla Union Bulletin

A Seattle-based web content management firm with offices in New York and Europe is on the cusp of adding a Walla Walla location to its portfolio.

The Port of Walla Walla will vote on moving forward with the purchase of a downtown Walla Walla building and entering into a lease with Seattle firm Ingeniux Corp. on more than half of the space at a West Alder Street suite.

The decision will be made during the Port’s 6 p.m. meeting Thursday in its administrative office at 310 A St.

The move would solidify a growth plan for Ingeniux, founded in 1999 by Jim Edmunds, who has ties to Walla Walla as a 1978 Whitman College graduate.

Read more: http://union-bulletin.com/news/2015/sep/09/proposed-port-deal-could-bring-web-company-walla-w/

 

 

TRANSPORTATION 

Port to join environmental scoping for SR-432 project

By Marissa Luck, September 11, 2015, The Daily News

Port of Longview has taken on a key role in assessing the environmental effect of a major area transportation project.

Port commissioners Wednesday voted to formally participat the federal environmental scoping process for the Oregon Way/Industrial Way intersection project, commonly referred to as the SR-432 project.

The SR-432 project is a $350 million effort to build new rail lines, highway overpasses and other public works to avoid projected congestion in the Longview industrial zone.

Read more: http://tdn.com/news/port-to-join-environmental-scoping-for-sr–project/article_b6389a97-11b9-5f08-9160-8bf33082dcdd.html

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