Economic Development http://www.kplu.org en Promise of the Arctic conference points to opportunities and risks http://www.kplu.org/post/promise-arctic-conference-points-opportunities-and-risks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Arctic is getting hotter faster than any part of the globe. Experts predict the region will be free of sea ice during the summer within about 20 years.&nbsp;</span></p><p>That’s creating a gold-rush mentality among many shipping and energy companies eager to capitalize on new trade routes or tap new sources of oil and gas.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 23:36:38 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8924 at http://www.kplu.org Promise of the Arctic conference points to opportunities and risks Opposition stirring against plans for big bottling plant in Anacortes http://www.kplu.org/post/opposition-stirring-against-plans-big-bottling-plant-anacortes <p>In the city of Anacortes, plans are underway to build what might become the biggest beverage bottling plant in the country.</p><p>Some residents are worried the scale of the operation will ruin their quality of life and put undue strain on the area’s water supply. Skagit County is considering a zoning change tonight to make room for the plant - and activists are planning to turn out against it.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 17:27:08 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8361 at http://www.kplu.org Opposition stirring against plans for big bottling plant in Anacortes A record crusie ship season in Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/record-crusie-ship-season-seattle <p>A record number of cruise ship passengers shoved off from Port of Seattle this year, according to Port officials. Hitting a new height of 933,900 passengers aboard 202 ships. Each of those ships generates $2.1 million for the local economy, according to the consulting firm Martin Associates, including everything from taxes to tourism to stocking the galley.</p><p>Peter McGraw of the Port of Seattle said the city has become the premier point of origin for Alaska cruises. He credited a big investment in infrastructure at the Port, including a new cruise terminal completed three years ago.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 21:57:48 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6639 at http://www.kplu.org A record crusie ship season in Seattle Battle over building in Puget Sound flood plains http://www.kplu.org/post/battle-over-building-puget-sound-flood-plains <p>A federal judge is hearing arguments Tuesday over whether to stop the federal government from issuing flood insurance policies for new development in flood-prone areas around Puget Sound.</p><p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 15:39:06 +0000 The Associated Press 4569 at http://www.kplu.org Racetrack’s expansion plans have enviros, neighbors worried http://www.kplu.org/post/racetrack%E2%80%99s-expansion-plans-have-enviros-neighbors-worried <p>Plans to upgrade a dilapidated old race track near Kent are sparking an environmental debate. The owners of <a href="http://www.pacificraceways.com/AboutUs.aspx">Pacific Raceways</a> say that to stay afloat, they badly need an expansion that would bring thousands of new jobs to the area.&nbsp;</p><p>Neighbors are worried about impacts on surrounding wetlands and fish habitat, especially because they say special <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/council.aspx">legislation King County is considering</a> to facilitate the expansion may set a bad precedent.</p><p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 11:30:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2720 at http://www.kplu.org Racetrack’s expansion plans have enviros, neighbors worried Re-Imagining the GDP http://www.kplu.org/post/re-imagining-gdp <p>How should we measure societal progress and success?&nbsp; What is the economy really for?&nbsp; Is the measure of Gross National Happiness, championed by the tiny south Asian nation of Bhutan, superior to our Gross Domestic Product?&nbsp; How has Seattle become one of the centers in the U. S. pursuing such alternative measures?</p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 08:30:02 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 260 at http://www.kplu.org Re-Imagining the GDP Port Townsend gets national spotlight for Small Business Saturday http://www.kplu.org/post/port-townsend-gets-national-spotlight-small-business-saturday <p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.898144468315657" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">You’ve heard of Black Friday, Buy Nothing Day and Cyber Monday.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Now there’s another post-Thanksgiving shopping event.&nbsp; <a href="http://smallbusinesssaturday.com/facts.html">Small Business Saturday</a> </span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">is a new initiative, meant to give independent shops a boost. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 13:07:25 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 217 at http://www.kplu.org Port Townsend gets national spotlight for Small Business Saturday