Job shadow program helps Whatcom youth imagine future careers

The Whatcom Business Alliance’s Youth Engagement Initiative is working to make real its vision of a dynamic local economy in which communities, schools, businesses and policy-makers operate together in support of our youth, the emerging workforce. How exactly would the community support youth in this model? Through the promotion of academic and career pathways, workplace…

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Where to find fact-based industry data in Whatcom County

Local business leaders, small-business owners and voters have relied on Whatcom Business Alliance to advocate on their behalf since 2013. It has become WBA’s role in the community to help stakeholders in Bellingham, Lynden, Ferndale and throughout Whatcom County access policy information and fact-based research during key decision-making periods. When important issues arise in Whatcom…

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A $100 investment could change your post-college career path

The most successful college students are the ones who go above and beyond their peers in pursuit of their goals. Think about it: Every quarter of every year, dozens of students graduate from Western Washington University with the exact same degree. And that doesn’t even take into account the hundreds of students flooding the job…

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Response to Bellingham’s Climate Action Task Force

The City of Bellingham’s Climate Action Task Force was launched in September of 2018 with the purpose of determining the feasibility, costs and impacts of the city’s 100-percent renewable energy ambitions. The Task Force rolled out preliminary recommendations for the building and transportation sectors in June 2019. Recommendations include the electrification of all commercial, residential,…

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Whatcom County business tapped to create wayfinding signage at Paine Field

Since its March opening, the new commercial passenger terminal at Everett’s Paine Field has given Western Washington flyers a convenient option for getting out of town. Even if you’ve already traveled through the new terminal, you probably didn’t realize that Bellingham’s Signs Plus created the signs that guide you through it, from the parking lot…

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Alcoa’s Steve Emig named Plant Manager at Ferndale location

Alcoa Intalco Works announces Steve Emig has been named Plant Manager of the aluminum smelter in Ferndale, Washington. Emig has served as Operations Manager at Intalco since August 2018. He succeeds Ron Jorgensen who was returned to Australia. Over the last year, Emig has expertly guided Intalco’s operations in smelting, carbon, maintenance and casting. Before…

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WBA policy highlights: What we’re watching for you

Good policy is critically important to a healthy community. And, as we’ve discussed in the past, a good understanding of policy also is integral to community success. That’s because local business leaders — that’s you — need to be able to make sense of local policies in order to get involved in issues that matter…

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Pam Brady one of five finalists for 2019 Professional Woman of the Year

Congratulations to WBA Board Member, Pam Brady, who was chosen from among many community nominations by Whatcom Women in Business’s (WWIB) Board of Directors. The five Finalists and Legacy winner embody the heart of the areas WWIB seeks to honor: Business Acumen, Community Involvement, Leadership, and Mentoring. The finalists are: Alyssa Springs, Flow Motion Massage…

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Dale Zender announces retirement after 37 years

After 37 years of dedicated service to PeaceHealth, Dale Zender will be retiring. Dale’s commitment to the community has been a hallmark of his career. In 2015, he was named the Whatcom Business Alliance’s Business Person of the Year. He was also the recipient of the rare John Tiscornia Award in 2011, honoring at least 20 years…

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Whatcom County needs living wage jobs

In early 2018, WBA began an effort to bring attention to the importance of local workforce development, engaging with employers, educators, parents and other stakeholders. As one way to address workforce development, WBA has launched the YESWhatcom.com recruitment portal, which aspires to help Whatcom County employers meet workforce needs while assisting local youth and other…

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