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Statshot: Biopharma Bonanza

Statshot: Biopharma Bonanza

State boasts diverse areas of expertise

Washington’s life science industry is thriving. The sector includes academic and nonprofit research institutions and companies conducting research and development in biotech, medical devices, digital health, bioagriculture, biofuels, and veterinary medicine. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News ranks the state’s life science cluster among the top 10 in the United States. The Numbers 11,000 Life science…

The X Factor

The X Factor

Health tech startup takes an unusual path

Xealth is not your typical startup. Its main backers aren’t venture capital firms but more than a dozen health systems, including the Cleveland Clinic, Atrium Health, and Banner Health. Oracle-owned Cerner, one of the largest electronic medical records companies globally, is another investor. Its customer base is varied, ranging from health providers, hospital systems, and…

On Reflection: Bringing ’Em Back

On Reflection: Bringing ’Em Back

Hotel operators anticipate bump as bumbershoot and bite return

The return of Bumbershoot and the Bite of Seattle have hotel operators optimistic about the second half of 2023. A report by commercial real estate firm Marcus & Millichap also notes that international tourism “is likely to ramp up” with China loosening travel restrictions. More than 175,000 Chinese tourists came to Seattle in 2019 and…

Statshot: Washington wineries, restaurants pack economic punch

Statshot: Washington wineries, restaurants pack economic punch

It’s probably the last thing on your mind when dining at your favorite restaurant or enjoying a Pinot at your go-to winery, but you’re providing a big boost to Washington’s economy. 2: National rank as wine producer in U.S. 80: Varieties produced 90: Percent of wineries making fewer than 5,000 cases per year 400: Wine…

Parametrix: All for One

Parametrix: All for One

As an employee-owned company Parametrix has its perks, but staffers also embrace the work

It sounds counterintuitive: Seattle engineering company Parametrix thinks “beyond the dollars.” So says Jeff Peacock, who recently vacated his position as CEO to become chairman of the board of directors. It’s why Parametrix moved to become employee-owned more than 30 years ago. And it’s a key reason why employees voted the firm onto the Best…

Having a (Basket) Ball

Having a (Basket) Ball

Professional men's basketball finally returns to Seattle

Fifteen years after NBA legend Kevin Durant hit the last basket in Seattle SuperSonics history, the wife-husband team of Jacqueline Yang and Pierre Cockrell Sr. are bringing men’s professional basketball back to the hoops-starved city. They are the owners of the expansion Seattle Super Hawks, a men’s minor league basketball club that will begin play…

On Reflection: Living  the Dream

On Reflection: Living the Dream

Washington ranks high for prosperity in annual study

Amazon and Microsoft are slashing jobs. Housing prices and rents in the Seattle area remain among the highest in the United States. Recession fears grip the country. Washington state, however, is enjoying a run of prosperity. So says the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream in its annual American Dream Prosperity Index, which ranks…

Statshot: Getting High

Statshot: Getting High

A building planned in Seattle could become among the tallest in the United States

Seattle could soon have the 10th-tallest building in the United States. If the project comes to fruition, the 701 Fourth Avenue Tower at Fourth Avenue and Columbia Street would become the tallest in the city, surpassing nearby Columbia Tower. The developer is Crescent Heights Inc., a real estate development company based in Miami. The 1,184-foot-tall…

The Long Game

The Long Game

Barghausen Consulting Engineers sets itself up for a future once its founder retires

Tom Barghausen isn’t quite ready to retire. The 71-year old, however, knows that day is coming. A transition plan has been in place since 2017. Barghausen serves as president of the eponymous company he founded in 1982, Barghausen Consulting Engineers Inc. The professional services firm offers civil engineering, land surveying, land-use planning, and architecture. This…

Statshot: Hot LEED

Statshot: Hot LEED

Environmental efficiency in Seattle's sites

Columbia Tower. 999 Third. Puget Sound Plaza. 2 Union Square. Met Tower. Seattle boasts numerous LEED-certified buildings, or structures that meet rigorous certifications in five categories: energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, materials, water savings and site selection. (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Seattle ranks No. 7 in the United States for…

Talent Scout

Talent Scout

SkillShow shines the light on athletes, teams and events

As a high school catcher and infielder recruited by major universities, Tom Koerick had no idea how to market himself. With help from his father, the Philadelphia-area native ended up making a VHS videotape of his highlights to send to college coaches. On a recruiting trip to Duke University, Koerick noticed stacks of tapes in…

Statshot: Climate Change Charge

Statshot: Climate Change Charge

State takes the lead with ambitious goals

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s strategic climate agenda, released last December, positions the state as a national leader in reducing climate pollution and pursuing climate-mitigation policies. The state’s ambitious goals include reducing climate pollution by 45% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 95% by 2050. Here’s a snapshot of the state’s changing climate.  NOTE: Here is…

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