exports http://www.kplu.org en Potential longshoremen strike temporarily averted, easing farmers' concerns http://www.kplu.org/post/update-potential-longshoremen-strike-temporarily-averted-easing-farmers-concerns <p><em><strong>Update: </strong></em>A potential strike by longshoremen in the Pacific Northwest has been temporarily averted, according to a spokesman for the grain terminal operators.&nbsp; The terminal operators have been trying to reach a new contract with longshoremen at six ports in Washington and Oregon.</p><p>Pat McCormick of the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers' Association, which represents the terminal operators, says the two sides have agreed to continue talks into mid-October even though the contract expires this Sunday.</p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 22:11:15 +0000 Ashley Gross 6530 at http://www.kplu.org Potential longshoremen strike temporarily averted, easing farmers' concerns New Export-Import Bank office in Seattle targets small businesses http://www.kplu.org/post/new-export-import-bank-office-seattle-targets-small-businesses <p>Mastering the export business can be tough – especially for a small company. Now there’s a new push to help local entrepreneurs sell more stuff overseas.</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:12:42 +0000 Ashley Gross 6041 at http://www.kplu.org Puget Sound economy bouncing back faster than the U.S. http://www.kplu.org/post/puget-sound-economy-bouncing-back-faster-us <p>There have been a few glimmers of hope lately for the U.S. economy, such as a better-than-expected jobs report. But local economist Dick Conway&nbsp; says there&rsquo;s even more reason for optimism for the Puget Sound region.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 5933 at http://www.kplu.org