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Access to Tri-City health care could stand to improve

By Patrick Jones For several years, the greater Tri-City economy has been firing on most cylinders. Median household income has climbed 11 percent in the past five years. Local income is, and has been, higher than the U.S. median for several years, unique among Eastern Washington metros. Wages, as measured by the annual average, have…


Your financial planner and your attorney should be talking

By Beau Ruff Sometimes the concept of financial planning is considered distinct from the more laborious and esoteric task of estate planning. The financial plan is the “low hanging fruit” that is first to be addressed. However, in many important respects, the two should be considered contemporaneously to establish a more robust, holistic plan. A…


Retirement planning starts with honest assessment of your spending today

By Ben Messinger For many of us, retirement funding is a central fixture of our financial plan and one of the most important considerations is determining the income necessary to sustain a desired lifestyle. Knowing the true income need for your lifestyle is the foundation of determining what capital resources must be acquired, which is…


Be alert to significant changes in retirement plans

By Shelley Kennedy It might not have made the headlines but a recently passed piece of legislation could affect the individual retirement accounts and 401(k)s of millions of Americans beginning in 2020. So, if you have either of these accounts or if you run a business, you’ll want to learn more. The new laws, collectively…

Tri-City landscape architecture firm merges with Place LA

Tri-City landscape architecture firm merges with Place LA

Design company expects continued growth in 2020 By Natasha Nellis | Spokane Journal of Business Spokane-based landscape architecture company Place Landscape Architecture LLC, which does business as Place LA, is expanding to the Tri-Cities with its recent merger with Sage Design Group PLLC of Kennewick, said Place LA owner Joshua Tripp.  Tamra Lehuta, previous owner…


Modernizing trade brings real benefits to Washington

By Kris Johnson In December, Washington employers and manufacturers had a number of items on their holiday wish list. The reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank and the ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, were at the top. It looks like wishes do come true. When Association of Washington Business members traveled to…

Technician Dillon Reese works with some of the tooled used by Bernardo|Wills Architecture PC in its downtown Spokane offices. Courtesy Spokane Journal of Business.

Northwest firms explore 3D, virtual reality, drones

Advanced technology helps architects better communicate with clients By Natasha Nellis The flood of technology over the past 10 years has changed the day-to-day operations of Inland Northwest architecture firms, and up-and-coming technology advances have the potential to change the industry even more, experts say. A growing industry of design and building information modeling software,…


Census 2020: 10 questions to influence the next 10 years

By LoAnn Ayers Census 2020 is unlike any of the 23 that came before it. For the first time, in addition to mail or phone, people will be able to respond online from any device. The U.S. Constitution requires this once-a-decade snapshot of how many people live in each community. A high response rate means…


PNNL’s 8 key science and technology highlights in 2019

Selecting 2019’s highlights for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a bit like choosing just one family photo for the holiday card among the dozens of important events and exciting adventures of the year. These eight exemplify how researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy lab are advancing scientific discovery and finding solutions to the nation’s…


Legislative session offers chance to examine state spending growth

By Kris Johnson Main Street businesses bore the brunt of the 2019 Washington legislative session. The $52.8 billion operating budget lawmakers approved in April included more than $1 billion in tax increases. Many of the increases hit small and medium-sized employers in the form of real estate excise taxes and a business and occupation, or…

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