среда, 19 сентября 2012 г.


The Columbian
Farmers Insurance Group of Companies in Vancouver is among 28 employers to be nominated for the 1997 Work and Family Progress Awards.
Sponsored by the Work/Family Northwest Conference, the awards honor employers with family-friendly work policies.
Five winners, to represent small, medium, large, nonprofit and government employers, will be selected Tuesday at the seventh annual Work/Family Northwest Conference in Seattle.
The conference consists of government and private employers exploring ways for employers to implement family-friendly work policies, such as flexible schedules.
Other companies nominated this year include The Herald newspaper in Everett, Starbucks Coffee Co. in Seattle, Group Health Northwest in Spokane and the Yakima County prosecuting attorney.
For information about the conference, call Larry Macmillan, (360) 586-3023.
Puttin’ on the art
Some 68 Vancouver businesses will be putting on an artsy air, courtesy of 100 local artists, to celebrate Arts Crawl ’97 Thursday through Saturday.
The free event is held yearly to showcase local talent, from potters to sculpturists and watercolorists.
Pick up a map at downtown art galleries and participating businesses, then stroll the local businesses-turned-art-galleries.
The event will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Participating businesses cover a 40-block area of Vancouver, falling mostly between Washington and Broadway streets, from Fifth to 24th streets.
Apartments proposed
Adam Rhodes of West Country Development is proposing a 132-unit apartment complex for six acres on the northwest corner of 172nd Avenue and Mill Plain Boulevard, according to documents submitted to the city of Vancouver. The property is owned by local developer Tim Ralston. Rhodes is to meet with city planning staff Oct. 28 to discuss the project.
Agriculture on the Web
Folks who grow or process food products might want to check out www.agbase.com on the Internet.
The site is dedicated to connecting Pacific Northwesterners involved in agriculture.
Growers, sellers, processors and packers can find free industry info on weather, suppliers, events, associations and success stories. They can also list their own operations on the free directory.
The site, supported by advertisers, is a joint effort of Redmond-based SourcePAGE, an Internet consultant, and Western Resource Analysis, an agriculture consulting firm in Wenatchee.
Word is really out now
Clark County has been noticed by big biz wigs in Washington, D.C.
The area is noted as a high-tech hot spot in the Oct. 3 issue of The Kiplinger Washington Letter, a weekly business newsletter out of Washington, D.C., that circulates to 262,000.
“Vancouver/Clark County in southern Washington state will be hot as Silicon Valley firms head north and U.S. trade with Asia increases,” the newsletter said. “New hires from the area have a good work ethic and willingness to learn.”
Susan Farmer writes about banking, construction, agriculture, telecommunications and consumer news for The Columbian. She can be reached at 699-6030, Ext. 2318, or by e-mail to susan.farmer@columbian.com.

Columbian staff writer

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