August 2010

From this Issue

The economic impact of Washington’s luxury cruise industry.

A booming wine tasting region creates a new tourist destination.

While basking in Twilight tourism, Forks considers its post-vampire future.

As niche tourism becomes the norm, why not take an energy tour in the state?

Washington turns to social networks and other innovations to drive a $14 billion industry.

As Washington state’s economy becomes ever more connected with the world, its population is growing more diverse. Already, some cities have nearly a third of their population hailing from far-off shores. That number will only increase in coming years.

Award Recipient, Media, Entertainment & Communications; President, CEO, Big Fish Games (Seattle)

Award Recipient, Retail and Consumer Products; CEO, co-founder, Clarisonic (Bellevue)

Award Recipient, Technology; CEO, founder, Motricity (Bellevue)

Award Recipient, Real Estate & Sustainabilty; President, CleanScapes

Award Recipient, Internet Services; President, CEO, All Star Directories (Seattle)

Award Recipient, Health and Life Sciences; Executive chairman and founder, Applied Precision Inc.

Award Recipient, Financial Services and Insurance; Former president and CEO, Symetra Financial Corp. (Bellevue)

Award Recipients, Consulting; Co-founders and Co-CEOs, Point B Inc. (Seattle)

Award Recipient, Social Responsibility; CEO, Mercy Corps (Portland)

The Northwest's "best and brightest" entrepreneurs stand out for their hard work and innovations.

The question: What local artisinal product will go national next?

Seattle’s Mike Soldano invented the super-high-gain guitar amplifier, and gave “loud” a whole new meaning

The line between community-based organic agriculture and big business is often blurry.

Robot Co-Op keeps its staff small and ideas simple to maximize success.

Health care reform presents an opportunity for Qliance.

GreenStone makes roads environmentally friendly and more durable without asphalt.

President and CEO, Holland America Line Inc.

Mayor Mike McGinn’s plan to replace the viaduct replacement.

LHWhen Howard Behar, the former president of Starbucks, was a
boy growing up in Seattle, his father, a Bulgarian immigrant, owned a neighborhood
grocery. If a customer was in financial trouble, his father would tell Howard

Our industrial, agricultural and maritime history is all around us.

The greatest threat to Puget Sound is what washes from our cities with the rain

Are we ready for the coming wave of Chinese investment?