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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Policy. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “policy” as “a high-level overall plan embracing the general goals and acceptable procedures especially of a governmental body.” Essentially, policy is the set of laws, regulations and standards that affect how government operates in a community. Good policy is critical to the health of the community. But where does good…

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The Alaska Aviation Museum presented Lynden Chairman Jim Jansen with a Lifetime Achievement Award recently and inducted him into its Hall of Fame. The annual Hall of Fame event celebrates pilots and entrepreneurs who have shaped Alaska’s aviation history. Jim earned his pilot’s license in 1965. In 1967, he was driving a truck at the remote…

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The average annual wage in the Cherry Point Industrial Zone is more than double the average wage in Whatcom County as a whole. According to the 2019 Employment at Cherry Point study prepared by Western Washington University’s Center for Economic and Business Research, the average wage at Cherry Point of $110,690 dwarfs the county average…

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The Whatcom Dream: We Gotcha Covered Toy Store Every year we promote The Whatcom Dream’s toy store to our WBA Membership and friends – encouraging toy donations for families that are part of The Whatcom Dream programs. The Whatcom Dream’s mission is to create poverty reducing pathways for Whatcom County residents to discover their dreams…

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Originally published in Business Pulse magazine Sept/Oct 2018 issue. The following is a summary of Business Pulse magazine’s 2018 Best Places to Work Survey. The complete article may be read in Business Pulse magazine’s digital copy, here. Guidelines, Factoids, and Quotables: 2018 Business Pulse Best Workplaces Survey Clear guidelines steered the Business Pulse survey that enabled employees to rate…

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If you are an educator and would like to learn more about the Junior Achievement Job Shadow visit their website or contact Whatcom County Program Director, Elaine Christensen. If you are a business and would like to host a school tour of your workplace, contact WBA.

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Lynden Transport and Lynden International for 2018 Quest for Quality Lynden Transport’s 22nd award and sixth consecutive No. 1 It’s now six straight first-place finishes for Lynden Transport in the Quest for Quality Awards competition. The latest honor came on Aug. 7 at the 35th annual Logistics Management Awards show in Anchorage, where Lynden received…

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Initiative 1631 Update! Nov. 6, 2018 — Much of the statewide Election interest was focused on initiatives. Voters rejected Initiative 1631, a proposed carbon fee on fossil-fuel emissions, with 56.3% of ballots opposing. The Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA) takes positions on issues only after it has cut through the propaganda, vetted the facts and has…

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ELECTION UPDATE: Initiative 1634 APPROVED! Much of the statewide interest was focused on initiatives. Initiative 1634, which would block Washington cities from enacting new food and beverage taxes, has comfortably passed with support from 54.8% of voters. BACKGROUND On November 6, 2018, voters in Washington State will be asked to weigh in on Initiative 1634.…

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