July 2011

From this Issue

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation is one of the most contaminated sites in the United States. The reservation comprises 586 square miles in southeastern Washington bordering the Columbia River. The area is home to nine mothballed nuclear reactors and five former processing facilities that were built during World War II and the Cold War.

September marks the end of federal stimulus spending at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Are the Tri-Cities ready for what comes next?

Seattle Business magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For


“No fat cats here,” reads one comment in the Best Companies survey of employees at West Monroe Partners. “Everyone contributes and works hard for our clients and for the company.”


Some may be surprised to learn that the leadership strategy behind Valley Medical Center—which serves a population of nearly 600,000 and employs close to 3,000 people—originated with a receptionist at a hat factory in St. Louis.

First Place: NO JOKE


It’s no wonder employees never seem to leave Baker Boyer Bank. The initial interview process is so rigorous, one might be inclined to stay put out of sheer exhaustion.


As hospitals scurry to curry our favor with shiny buildings and new partnerships, who’s going to pay for it all?

Under Steve Cooper, Tacoma-based TrueBlue has expanded beyond its Labor Ready franchise, which has long provided day labor to construction companies, into a family of enterprises that find employment for a range of blue-collar workers—from carpenters to aviation mechanics—in a variety of industries. The new businesses helped TrueBlue weather the recession.

Stock price rises in spite of bad news

From high tech to high fiber, Washington struggles with federal rules on temporary visas.

Seattle-based Impel NeuroPharma might change how drugs treat disease.

Newest emerging issues facing your best company practices today.

Bothell-based HaloSource aims to make clean water affordable and accessible in the developing world.

Are we really obsessed with being connected to our fellow man or merely obsessed with acquiring stuff?

Ballplayer turned sports agent Joe Urbon covers all the bases for his talented clients.

How Virginia Mason Medical Center took a common complaint and delivered uncommon health care.

Ask a smart young college student about her career plans and she might talk about business, medicine or law. On rare occasions, you might find someone interested in engineering. What you aren’t likely to find is a student interested in manufacturing.

What employers should do as economic conditions improve.

The answer should depend on how well your business is prepared to survive a major earthquake.