Thurston Retail Sales Eke Out Slight Gain in Fourth Quarter

The Thurston County economy received another example of slow growth as taxable retail sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 eked out a tiny gain, rising 0.79 percent from the same period in 2011, according to new state Department of Revenue data.

Smooth Sailing on Brewery Project

Tumwater’s famous “Brewery District,” long due for development, is right on track in its progression of planning after three years.

Following months of independent analyses and public comment sessions regarding the best uses for the area’s varied sites, structures and traffic byways, the “Brewery District Planning Project” was recently mounted by the City of Tumwater.

Sequestration Fears Spook Local Consumers

After Thurston County consumer confidence rose to a new high in the fourth quarter of 2012, it fell sharply in the first quarter of 2013 as a result of concerns about the federal government’s “sequestration,” the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that are set to be phased in.

Green Loans Improve Comfort, Lower Environmental Footprint, Save Money

There are many reasons to improve the efficiency of a home or to upgrade or add technology. Comfort is a great reason; ditch the sweaters and turn up the thermostat. Saving money, lowering our environmental footprint, tax deductions, improving the local economy by hiring green contractors, or learning that homes that are energy efficient have a lower mortgage default risk, by as much as 32%!*

Soloy Finalizes Deal with Chinese Company

Soloy Aviation Solutions, an Olympia-based company, doesn’t just look in the South Sound, or even Washington, for clients. This company has a global view and that has paid off.

Thurston Economic Council gives out 2012 awards

A 160,000-square-foot warehouse in Hawks Prairie that employs more than 100 and delivers medical products to a three-state area was chosen best new business by the Thurston Economic Development Council. The award was one of four announced Tuesday at the Red Lion Hotel Olympia as part of the EDC’s business recognition awards for 2012.