March 23, 2017

Brazen Sotheby’s International Realty Inducted into Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents

Luxury Real EstateBrazens Represent Bellevue Luxury Real Estate

The Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents continues to expand its reach with the newest appointment of Brazen Sotheby’s International Realty to represent the city of Bellevue in Washington State. Each member of the Board of Regents is selected based on their leadership and enduring accomplishments in the real estate industry and are armed with an exclusive array of impressive marketing tools and solutions.

The Brazen name has been renowned in luxury real estate for over 37 years, [Read more…]

Opportunity and outcomes put University of Washington Bothell in Top 25 of Washington Monthly Best Bang for the Buck ranking

UW Bothell logoWashington Monthly ranks the University of Washington Bothell No. 22 on its 2016 Best Bang for the Buck list of top 100 western region colleges. The list rates colleges based on their value-added or colleges that “help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”

This year’s list is partially based on newly released data from the Obama administration’s “College Scorecard.” The data set focuses on student outcomes and includes graduation rates, the percentage of first-generation students enrolled, earnings 10 years after enrolling at a given college and whether students are paying down at least some of their loan principal. Washington Monthly also incorporated the percentage of enrolled Pell-eligible students into their methodology. [Read more…]

Valve Moving to Lincoln Square Expansion

Valve BellevuePopular Gaming/Technology Developer Valve Leases Nine Floors in New Building

Valve has leased 225,000 square feet of prime office space in the new office tower at Lincoln Square’s 1.5 million square foot expansion site.

With the lease of floors 11 – 19, the company will encompass nearly one third of the total office space available in the new tower which features 710,000 square feet of Class A space. Launched on the Eastside in 1996, Valve first leased space at another KDC office tower in Bellevue Place. [Read more…]

Bellevue’s Outerwall to Be Acquired, Return to Private Ownership

Outerwall logoOUTERWALL ENTERS INTO DEFINITIVE MERGER AGREEMENT TO BE ACQUIRED BY CERTAIN FUNDS MANAGED BY AFFILIATES OF APOLLO GLOBAL MANAGEMENT FOR $52.00 PER SHARE IN CASH

Transaction Valued at Approximately $1.6 Billion
Outerwall Board of Directors Declares $0.60 Quarterly Dividend

Bellevue-based Outerwall Inc. has announced that it has entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger with affiliates of certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC, a global alternative investment manager, pursuant to which the Apollo Funds will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Outerwall common stock for $52.00 per share in cash.  No word was given as to whether the company will be relocated or jobs will be affected.

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Courthouse Dogs Foundation Winner of BECU People Helping People Award

Courthouse Dogs FoundationBECU Awards Courthouse Dogs Foundation $20k

Courthouse Dogs Foundation has been awarded $20,000 as a winner of a 2016 BECU People Helping Employees’ Choice Award, voted on by BECU’s more than 1,500 employees, for their work in providing training for employees in the criminal justice system in the use of professionally trained facility dogs to provide emotional support and make children comfortable in an uncomfortable situation during legal proceedings. [Read more…]

Washington State Wine Industry Represented by Winegrape Growers of America’s New Chairman Todd Newhouse of Upland Vineyards

Todd Newhouse Upton VineyardsTodd Newhouse Elected as Board Chairman of Winegrape Growers of America

At the 2016 National Grape and Wine Policy Conference, the Winegrape Growers of America (WGA) elected Todd Newhouse as Board Chairman. Newhouse is the owner of Upland Vineyards in Outlook, Washington and also serves as the Board Chairman for the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers (WAWGG).

During the Conference, WineAmerica also elected officers for the coming year. Martin Clubb of L’Ecole No. 41 in Walla Walla, Washington and WAWGG member was elected to the position of Vice Chair. [Read more…]

Keep Washington Competitive Urges Support for Millennium Bulk Terminals

Keep Washington CompetitiveKeep Washington Competitive Draft environmental impact statement released for review in advance of public hearings

OLYMPIA — Labor, business and agricultural representatives from Keep Washington Competitive (KWC) are expressing their support of the Millennium Bulk Terminals Project and the release of the Cowlitz County draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). The document, released Friday, represents a significant step forward in the regulatory process for the project. [Read more…]

Bellevue YMCA to Host Free Diabetes Prevention Program

Free Diabetes Prevention ProgramFree Diabetes Prevention Program Group Starts May 18th

The YMCA’s Free Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease. Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% and 71% in adults over age 60.  [Read more…]

John Gillespie Joins Stantec’s Bellevue Office as Senior Project Manager

John Gillespie StantecJohn Gillespie New Senior Project Manager for Stantec

Stantec has hired John Gillespie as a senior project manager in their Bellevue, WA office. With more than 31 years of experience John Gillespie is now responsible for managing diverse sewer, water, storm water, and facility type projects, promoting business development, providing client support services, and managing project staff. [Read more…]

State Planning More Increases for 520 Bridge Toll

520 Bridge Toll IncreasesStop the Madness: No New Increases for 520 Bridge Toll

The new 520 Bridge is not even completely open and state government is already trying to push two MORE 520 Bridge Toll increases.  Washington State Transportation Commission is proposing increases to the already unreasonably high rates on the SR 520 Bridge Toll: [Read more…]