Thurston County Chamber of Commerce http://thurstonchamber.com Serving Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater since 1874 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:04:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 New Condominium to Break Ground in the Heart of Olympia http://thurstonchamber.com/new-condominium-break-ground-heart-olympia/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:50:46 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=14826 The soaring views of the Olympics, Capitol Lake, and downtown Olympia will soon be enjoyed from a new vantage point. The seven-story, for-purchase condominium adds two floors of above-ground parking for Olympia residents, averaging two stalls per unit. Units span 1,300 to 2,400 square feet and, though not yet priced, each will showcase high-end, modern…

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The soaring views of the Olympics, Capitol Lake, and downtown Olympia will soon be enjoyed from a new vantage point.

The seven-story, for-purchase condominium adds two floors of above-ground parking for Olympia residents, averaging two stalls per unit. Units span 1,300 to 2,400 square feet and, though not yet priced, each will showcase high-end, modern layouts, sweeping glass vistas, and top-of-the-line finishes.

The development features an intentional design of 70% corner units with stunning Pacific Northwest panoramas. Ideally placed near some of Olympia’s signature restaurants, Percival Landing, and City park, the development is aiming to turn the heads of home-hunters throughout the city.

Locals and city officials alike are anticipating that this new condominium will provide much-needed residential housing for the area’s growing economy.

“We have applied for Land Use Approval with the City and the development sign went up on the property,” said Pat Rants, president and designated broker of The Rants Group. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to move forward on bringing this much-needed housing option to Olympia. There’s a lot of energy behind this project. The city is excited, and we can’t wait to deliver a really exceptional option for residents.”

Pat Rants, president, and designated broker can be reached for comment from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

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INTERCITY TRANSIT WANTS YOU TO GET NOTICED THIS SEASON http://thurstonchamber.com/intercity-transit-wants-get-noticed-season/ Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:22:54 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=14822 The season’s short, wet days make pedestrians and bicyclists less visible to drivers. To help you be safe and be seen, Intercity Transit is providing free, reflective-safety lights this December when you buy your monthly pass at the Olympia Transit Center. Your safety is a top priority at Intercity Transit. Reflective clothing and lights can…

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The season’s short, wet days make pedestrians and bicyclists less visible to drivers. To help you be safe and be seen, Intercity Transit is providing free, reflective-safety lights this December when you buy your monthly pass at the Olympia Transit Center.

Your safety is a top priority at Intercity Transit. Reflective clothing and lights can help make you more visible. Help ensure your safety by using:

Lights:

  • Waiting at a bus stop: Use a flashlight, light up your cell phone, or wear a flashing safety light to ensure that our drivers can see you.
  • Bicycling: State law requires the use of a white headlamp and a red rear reflector or taillight when it’s dark.
  • Walking or running: Wear a headlamp, carry a flashlight, or wear flashing safety lights.

Flashing lights appear brighter and draw attention faster than steady lights. Add them to shoes, backpacks, coats or jacket sleeves, purse straps and anywhere else you can think of.

Reflective clothing and gear:

  • Jackets, vests, caps, gloves and more with reflective features are great options to increase your visibility.
  • Reflective tape or bands are inexpensive options that can be added to outfits, backpacks umbrellas and more.
  • Highly-visible umbrellas help you stand out (and keep you dry).
  • Reflective backpack covers help keep contents dry and make you more visible.

Safety lights will be available free with the purchase of a monthly bus pass at the Olympia Transit Center during December while supplies last. After December, safety lights may be purchased for $2.00.

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The City of Olympia Has Named Mike Reid as the New Economic Development Director http://thurstonchamber.com/city-olympia-named-mike-reid-new-economic-development-director/ Tue, 05 Dec 2017 21:15:21 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=14815 The City of Olympia has named a new Economic Development Director: Mike Reid. A lifelong Olympian, Reid is a well-known member of the local economic development community. He has spent nearly a decade at the Port of Olympia, serving as the Port’s Property Development Manager and then as Senior Manager for Business Development. “I am…

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The City of Olympia has named a new Economic Development Director: Mike Reid. A lifelong Olympian, Reid is a well-known member of the local economic development community. He has spent nearly a decade at the Port of Olympia, serving as the Port’s Property Development Manager and then as Senior Manager for Business Development.

“I am delighted that Mike is joining the City’s executive leadership team,” said Steve Hall, Olympia City Manager. “He is a great fit for Olympia. His experience and local connections allow him to hit the ground running and be effective from day one.”

Reid chairs the Thurston County Chamber’s Business and Economic Development Committee; serves on the Olympia Downtown Association’s Economic Vitality Committee, and has served as vice-president of the board of directors of Sidewalk, a local non-profit focused on ending homelessness.

“I’ve known Mike for many years and have seen his leadership in action,” said Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby. “He is invested in Olympia and its future. He has the ability to pull people together and to engage the community in achieving our economic development goals.”

Reid holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego. He follows Renee Sunde, who served as Olympia’s first Economic Development Director.

“As an Olympian, the opportunity to work towards continuing to make Olympia more economically resilient for all of its residents is truly an honor,” said Reid.

Reid will begin his new position on Dec. 18, 2017.

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Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes: A Smarter Way to Do Business http://thurstonchamber.com/miss-moffetts-mystical-cupcakes-smarter-way-business/ Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:54:05 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=14812 Opening up not one, not two, but three retail cupcake stores in less than two years was not a simple task. There were unforeseen challenges and inefficiencies to overcome, systems to streamline, employees to train, and customers to win over. When Rachel Young opened her first Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes location in downtown Olympia near…

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Opening up not one, not two, but three retail cupcake stores in less than two years was not a simple task. There were unforeseen challenges and inefficiencies to overcome, systems to streamline, employees to train, and customers to win over.

When Rachel Young opened her first Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes location in downtown Olympia near the Olympia Farmers Market in January 2014, she was ambitious, passionate, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Nine months later, she opened her second location inside the Capital Mall, across from the food court.

Then in August 2015, Young opened her third shop in the  Fred Meyer Complex in Lacey, sharing a  storefront with Elle’s Floral Design.

Is rapid growth a good thing or a bad thing?

“The past few years of my life have been an overwhelming roller coaster that I wouldn’t take back in a heartbeat,” says Young. “I have learned and experienced hard knocks that I never, ever, came remotely close to hearing about in business school.”

There were many months along the way that Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes was in the red, and Young had to choose between paying for the eggs and butter, or pay the electric bill, only to have the oven or industrial mixer break down the next day.

In December 2016, Young’s strategic partner in Lacey, Michelle LaPraim, owner of Elle’s Floral Design, approached her with an idea that would help both of their businesses. LaPraim wanted to fully take over the Lacey shop. She would cover the rent, staffing, and overhead costs, while also purchasing Young’s  cupcakes at wholesale pricing. This allowed Michelle to keep the retail profit on the cupcakes.  After they both met with their CPA and ran numbers, they decided to move forward with LaPraim’s plan.

After only a few months the numbers proved that the move was a good one. “My business started to turn around. Cash flow increased and I could breathe a lot easier. I started wondering if this was the business model I should be considering in all of my expansion plans, rather than personally owning and being responsible for multiple retail stores.”

In the summer of 2017, Elle’s Floral Design was approached to buy Floral Ingenuity, a long-standing, well-known business in the community, and moved to their East Olympia storefront near Puget Sound Energy on Pacific Avenue.

“We needed to find someone to take over the Fred Meyer Complex location who would still be willing to sell cupcakes,” says Young. “I immediately thought of Jeff Gibson, a savvy marketer and good friend, who had actually managed two of my Miss Moffett’s locations in the past, including the Lacey one.”

Young approached Gibson, and after weeks of consideration, he did indeed take over the location, now called The Sweetest Things. According to their Facebook page, The Sweetest Things is a locally-focused gift boutique predominantly featuring products made by female small business owners. Their mission is to provide a place that supports and empowers women in business and in the community.

Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes fit perfectly in The Sweetest Things, along with other locally-made gluten-free goods, crafts, gifts, cards, and apparel.

“Since I was appointed to Lacey City Council in April, I have become passionate about incubating and expanding the number of small businesses in Lacey, so I’m proud to have helped make that possible for The Sweetest Things,” says Young. “It’s nice to see a local gift shop blossom, and I hope more people become aware of everything The Sweetest Things has to offer.”

Wanting to continue simplifying her business by empowering other business owners, Young offered her French macaron provider, Melinda Gagnon, owner of Macarons by Mel, the opportunity to take over the Downtown Olympia (Farmer’s Market) location. Gagnon would continue selling Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes, of course.

“Mel (Melinda) was looking for commercial kitchen space and we have a great working relationship,” says Young. “She has dreamed of owning her own French macaron storefront. The downtown location is perfect for her.”

This fall, Macarons by Mel did indeed take over the downtown storefront, and she is continuing to sell Young’s cupcakes, which she purchases at wholesale prices. Her French macarons are a popular faire at the store, which are also available at Young’s Capital Mall location, as well as The Sweetest Things.

“Finding strategic partners like Elle’s Floral Design, The Sweetest Things, and Macarons by Mel has truly been the key to my success,” says Young. “We’ve even been able to offer an on-demand delivery service for our customers, also locally-owned, called PugetSound2Go.”

The takeaway for Young, and what she reminds herself continuously when she gets overwhelmed, is that she doesn’t have to take on the whole world by herself. There are always other people who can help in ways that benefit everybody. The business community in Thurston County is a thriving, embracing world, where many opportunities exist.

With food sensitivities on the rise, and Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes becoming a 100% gluten-free and peanut-free bakery in spring 2017, there are now more opportunities than ever before to expand into grocery stores and local markets.

“What I get excited about is all of the potential,” says Young. “I envision strategic partners appearing in other areas too, like Dupont, Lakewood, and Tacoma. What I need now is a larger commercial kitchen and a distribution network for my growing wholesale business.”

Young is heading into the holiday season much less stressed than in previous years, with only one retail storefront to manage instead of three. Yet she loves promoting and marketing for all three while helping the other business owners be successful too. The ideas, excitement, and inspiration sometimes keep her up at night.

“After everything that my team and I have learned, we are at a point where we can finally experience healthy, profitable growth with eyes wide open.”

Young is actively seeking new strategic partners and investors in Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes expansion. She can be contacted at rachel@mysticalcupcakes.com.

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Commencement Bank Announces Key Transitions in Executive Leadership http://thurstonchamber.com/commencement-bank-announces-key-transitions-executive-leadership/ Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:37:41 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=14806 Commencement Bank (OTCQX: CBWA) On December 1, 2017, Chief Executive Officer Hal Russell announced key changes in the Bank’s leadership roles. Russell appointed founding Bank member and former Executive Vice President & Chief Credit Officer, John Manolides, as the new President & Chief Operating Officer. Manolides will also join the Bank’s Board of Directors in…

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Commencement Bank (OTCQX: CBWA) On December 1, 2017, Chief Executive Officer Hal Russell announced key changes in the Bank’s leadership roles. Russell appointed founding Bank member and former Executive Vice President & Chief Credit Officer, John Manolides, as the new President & Chief Operating Officer. Manolides will also join the Bank’s Board of Directors in 2018. Russell will continue to operate as the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer and has no plans to retire in 2018; however, he felt it was time to begin the succession process to ensure a smooth transition upon his retirement.

“As I get closer to retirement, I have every confidence in my successor and the next level of bank management. John Manolides has been with the Bank since inception in 2006 and it is my honor to appoint him as President & Chief Operating Officer. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we also welcome him as the newest member of our Board,” said Russell.

The second announcement was to promote former Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Tom Dhamers, to Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Dhamers will remain a member of the Executive Management Team.

“Tom Dhamers has been a strong member of the Executive Management Team since he assumed his position through the merger with Thurston First Bank. His expertise has helped navigate the Bank through its first merger and I am pleased to acknowledge his contribution by appointing him as Executive Vice President,” said Russell.

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Saint Martin’s University Announces the Recipients of its 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards http://thurstonchamber.com/saint-martins-university-announces-recipients-2018-distinguished-alumni-awards/ Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:25:34 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=14802 Saint Martin’s University is announcing the seven recipients of its 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards, which will be presented during Homecoming festivities on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Honorees are Tom Barte ’68, of Lacey, WA; George A. Parker ‘71, Ph.D., of Shoreline, WA; Christine Schaller ’93, of Tacoma, WA; Fr. George Seidel, O.S.B. HS’50, ’55, of Lacey, WA; Perry…

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Saint Martin’s University is announcing the seven recipients of its 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards, which will be presented during Homecoming festivities on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Honorees are Tom Barte ’68, of Lacey, WA; George A. Parker ‘71, Ph.D., of Shoreline, WA; Christine Schaller ’93, of Tacoma, WA; Fr. George Seidel, O.S.B. HS’50, ’55, of Lacey, WA; Perry Shea ’84, of Tenino, WA; John Spiller Sr., HS’24,’26, posthumous; and, Christopher Thomsen ’80, of Port Angeles, WA.

These alumni have a lifetime of achievements: personally, professionally and with Saint Martin’s University. The University formally began recognizing its notable alumni in the early 1980s. Recipients were selected from nominations based on service to his or her community, professional achievement or service to Saint Martin’s University. Here are some highlights about each of this year’s award recipients:

Tom Barte ’68

Barte is being recognized for his years of service to Saint Martin’s University. He has been a member of the Saint Martin’s Alumni Association for more than 20 years and served a term as president. Throughout this time, he has also been involved with the Capital Food and Wine Festival as a deputy director, wine and sponsorship committee chair, and general volunteer. Barte has also been a part of the concessions trailer at Lakefair and other local events. Barte is a fixture on campus, visiting almost daily. After retiring, he took a part-time job driving for Saint Martin’s athletic teams, international programs, and other student groups. During his time shuttling students, coaches, faculty, and staff to and from destinations, Barte has become an ambassador for alumni relations. He has even been known to spend his vacation time meeting with potential students and their families to help admissions with recruiting efforts.

George A. Parker ‘71, Ph.D.

Parker is being recognized for his professional achievements. He is a technical fellow, technical lead engineer and Boeing designated expert at The Boeing Company. In this position he leads and interfaces with 20 engineers, scientists and technical technicians to solve production material problems, research new materials, and perform failure analysis support and investigative analysis in support of the National Transportation and Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. In addition, Parker has written and developed the Boeing – Edmonds Community College educational experiential learning exposure internship program which has been successful in replacing the maturing technical technician workforce at Boeing. Besides his professional career, Parker is active in mentoring and coaching young engineers and scientists and working with various science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) outreach programs. He has also been an assistant basketball coach at Seattle Pacific University for more than 30 years. Moreover, Parker serves his community through his church by working with youth and young adults and he serves on a number of professional and nonprofit boards.

Christine Schaller ’93

Schaller is being recognized for her professional achievements. Schaller was elected to the Thurston County Superior Court in 2012. She currently serves at Family and Juvenile Court, hearing all types of family law matters, as well as juvenile offender and dependency cases, and while at Family and Juvenile Court, Schaller served as the chief judge for two years. In January 2018, Schaller will preside over criminal and civil trials and serve as the presiding judge for the Thurston County Superior Court. Prior to her election, Schaller served for almost eight years as a Family and Juvenile Court commissioner for Thurston County Superior Court. In 2009, Schaller was named “Jurist of the Year” by the Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section. Schaller is also active in the community.  She has served in leadership roles with the Thurston County Bar Association, Washington Women Lawyers Capitol Chapter, and Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services. In the greater Thurston County community, she has served on community boards including the Child Care Action Council, Saint Martin’s Alumni Association, and United Community Aids Network.  She is also active with the Thurston County Relay for Life as both a participant and a previous team captain. She especially enjoys opportunities to work with youth by volunteering as a judge for the YMCA annual Mock Trial Competition and speaking to students on Law Day or with Street Law classes.

Fr. George Seidel, O.S.B. HS’50, ’55

Fr. George is being recognized for his Benedictine service. He has dedicated his life to service for approximately 70 years as a member of the Saint Martin’s Abbey and as a faculty member at Saint Martin’s University, where he has taught a variety of philosophy courses since 1962. He is a leader in his field and is well published. Fr. George has also served both organizations as a member of the Board of Trustees for numerous terms. In his downtime, you can find Fr. George playing the piano at a variety of functions.

Perry Shea ’84

Shea is being recognized for his service to the community. He is a co-founder and president of SCJ Alliance, a nationally recognized, multidisciplinary consulting firm specializing in civil engineering, transportation planning and design, environmental and urban planning, landscape architecture and design, and public outreach. Since its inception in 2006 with three people, SCJ has grown to 85 employees. Community service has been one of Shea’s priorities throughout his career, and giving back to the community has become a hallmark of the SCJ company culture. Shea is the current chairman of the board for the Thurston County Economic Development Council, and a long-time board member and volunteer. He served on the Tenino school board for 10 years, and is a current member of the South Puget Sound Community College Foundation board. The SCJ team, led by Shea’s example, has supported dozens of nonprofits with volunteer hours and financial donations in the communities in which its employees live and work.

John Spiller Sr., HS’24,’26

Spiller is being recognized posthumously for his professional achievements and service to Saint Martin’s. He spent his career as an attorney, and while in private practice in Seattle, Spiller provided legal counsel to the Washington State Legislature, Saint Martin’s College (now University), the Archdiocese of Seattle and Catholic Charities, in addition to his firm’s clients. Spiller and former Washington State Attorney General, Smith Troy, were instrumental in the 1954 legal battle to keep the state capital in Olympia. Spiller also worked tirelessly in condemnation law as Interstate 5 made its way south to Thurston County, resulting in a substantial land acquisition, which greatly impacted the Saint Martin’s Abbey property. Spiller was a man of great faith, and was a dear friend of the monks of Saint Martin’s Abbey. He provided years of professional counsel to the Abbey and school, and was a frequent guest at the Abbey. Spiller passed away in 1981 and has three surviving children, two of whom are alumni.

Christopher Thomsen ’80

Thomsen is being recognized for his professional achievements. As vice president of business development for Kirby Lester Pharmacy AutomationThomsen is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on healthcare‐related automation and technology. He is also the founder and president of The ThomsenGroup Inc., through which he provides expertise and consulting services for public, government and private sector healthcare and pharmacy operations. Thomsen has written and published numerous books and papers regarding comprehensive reviews and assessments of hospital, long-term care, outpatient, retail and mail-order pharmacy, and is a frequent keynote speaker for major pharmacy associations around the globe. Thomsen is a member of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Task Force on Automation and co-authored the NABP Model State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules in 1997 and has testified before numerous state congresses and the FDA regarding pharmaceutical regulations. In addition, he has been issued two US patents for his work on robotics and automated workflow systems, serves as a frequent guest lecturer at schools of pharmacy, provides expert witness services for pharmacy automation and technology-related cases, owns additional healthcare-related companies and continues to serve on numerous boards that benefit the industry.

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Gilda Obi-Davis Joins Timberland Bank http://thurstonchamber.com/gilda-obi-davis-joins-timberland-bank/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 21:59:31 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=14795 Michael R. Sand, president of Timberland Bank recently announced the addition of Gilda Obi-Davis to the bank’s cash management services division. Ms. Obi-Davis is a career banker and has specialized in cash management services with several regional banks over the course of her career.  She will focus on supporting the growth of business deposit relationships…

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Michael R. Sand, president of Timberland Bank recently announced the addition of Gilda Obi-Davis to the bank’s cash management services division.

Ms. Obi-Davis is a career banker and has specialized in cash management services with several regional banks over the course of her career.  She will focus on supporting the growth of business deposit relationships and cash management services for the bank.  She reports to Diana Grantham, manager of the bank’s cash management group and will be headquartered at the Lacey office.

“We are very pleased to have Gilda join us.  She adds a wealth of experience and strength in the business services area.  We believe she will be a great addition to our growing cash management division and will contribute further to our company growth,” stated Ms. Grantham.

“It’s great to be part of a locally-based, well-capitalized institution such as Timberland Bank.   The bank was built on sound fundamentals and maintains a strong focus on helping business owners maximize their time and make efficient use of their money.  Timberland maintains a strong commitment to the personal service business owners rely on and they do what is right for the community,” stated Obi-Davis.

Timberland Bank was established in Hoquiam, WA and has grown to 22 branch network in six counties of Western Washington.  The bank operates five branches in the Thurston County market including Lacey, downtown Olympia, Tumwater, Panorama and Yelm

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Congress Launches Bipartisan Congressional Bus Caucus http://thurstonchamber.com/congress-launches-bipartisan-congressional-bus-caucus/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 21:44:30 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=14791 The Bus Coalition and Community Transportation Association of America have joined Co-Chairs Congressmen David Young (R-IA) and Rick Larsen (D-WA) to announce the official launch of the Bipartisan Congressional Bus Caucus (BCBC). The purpose of BCBC is to give a stronger voice to the over 1,100 bus transit systems across the country and highlight the…

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The Bus Coalition and Community Transportation Association of America have joined Co-Chairs Congressmen David Young (R-IA) and Rick Larsen (D-WA) to announce the official launch of the Bipartisan Congressional Bus Caucus (BCBC). The purpose of BCBC is to give a stronger voice to the over 1,100 bus transit systems across the country and highlight the benefits of adequate federal funding of bus transit programs.

The Caucus seeks to raise awareness on Capitol Hill of the challenges accompanying aging bus fleets and facilities, and encourage innovation in a rapidly changing transportation climate where transit agencies strive to deliver reliable service and meet a state of good repair.

Buses are the unsung hero and workhorses in our nation’s transportation network and provide over 51% of transit trips per year. Added together, 5.44 billion bus transit trips per year provide access for people with disabilities, cost-effective transportation for low-income riders and help commuters get to work, students to school and patients to see their doctor. While buses may not get the attention of larger, urban transit modes, they are the backbone of the transit ecosystem and provide critical service in communities of all sizes.

Most of Intercity Transit’s 71-bus fleet is over 15 years old and built to run for 12 years. The fleet covers 3 million miles and runs about 215,000 service hours to support over 4 million boardings each year. “Our mechanics and drivers have done an amazing job of keeping our aging fleet on the road in service of Thurston County residents, many of whom have no other transportation choice,” says Ann Freeman-Manzanares, General Manager at Intercity Transit. “Technology and consumer demands have changed significantly since our buses rolled off the factory floor.”

“I see how funding cuts at the federal, state and local level are impacting bus systems of all size,” says Richard DeRock, President of The Bus Coalition. “Many agencies are struggling to keep up with aging fleets and crumbling transit facilities. We know when systems age and service is cut, the rider experience suffers and ridership declines. The new Congressional Caucus will shine a light on the needs of the bus transit community and give voice to a transportation asset that is so important to our local and national economy.”

Intercity Transit is seeking state and federal funding for over $34 million in capital improvements to facilities at its Pattison street headquarters where buses are housed and maintained, and at the Olympia Transit Center downtown where an expansion will include the new Greyhound station.

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Ryan Betz Named Oly Fed Employee of the Quarter http://thurstonchamber.com/ryan-betz-named-oly-fed-employee-quarter/ Tue, 28 Nov 2017 18:14:54 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=14782 Olympia Federal Savings is proud to announce Ryan Betz, Marketing & Public Relations Manager, as Employee of the Quarter. Betz was chosen for this award because he always offers to help, never says no when asked, and has a passion for all he does. “Ryan’s insight, guidance, and support are invaluable to achieving the organization’s goals,” Lori Drummond, president…

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Olympia Federal Savings is proud to announce Ryan Betz, Marketing & Public Relations Manager, as Employee of the Quarter. Betz was chosen for this award because he always offers to help, never says no when asked, and has a passion for all he does.

“Ryan’s insight, guidance, and support are invaluable to achieving the organization’s goals,” Lori Drummond, president and CEO said. “Ryan truly captures and personifies the essence and spirit of Oly Fed and he articulates and communicates our values incredibly well in a variety of unique situations.”

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Ron Thomas, TAS Announced Winner of AIA Honor Awards http://thurstonchamber.com/ron-thomas-tas-announced-winner-aia-honor-awards/ Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:50:53 +0000 http://thurstonchamber.com/?p=14757 The American Institute of Architects Southwest Washington (AIA/SWW) Chapter announces Ron Thomas, President of Thomas Architecture Studios, as the winner of the 2017 Charles T. Pearson Honor Award. The award is named after the late Tacoma-based architect Charles T. Pearson who was a founder of the AIA SWW Chapter and known for his exemplary service…

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The American Institute of Architects Southwest Washington (AIA/SWW) Chapter announces Ron Thomas, President of Thomas Architecture Studios, as the winner of the 2017 Charles T. Pearson Honor Award. The award is named after the late Tacoma-based architect Charles T. Pearson who was a founder of the AIA SWW Chapter and known for his exemplary service to the community. The award, which recognizes community-minded architects who serve in the spirit of Pearson, was presented to Thomas during the AIA/SWW Honor Awards ceremony on November 2, 2017, in Tacoma, WA. Thomas was introduced by Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby who was one of six people to nominate him for the award. Selby remarks, “I’ve had a front-row seat watching Ron and his firm repurpose existing buildings as well as design inspiring new projects that have spurred a virtual renaissance of our historic main-street downtown.”

Thomas donated the prize of $500 to SideWalk, an Olympia-based organization focused on ending homelessness in Thurston County.

TAS received the additional honor of winning the Merit Award for Campus Lofts which was completed in 2016. A multifamily housing project by prominent local developer Walker John, Campus Lofts is an adaptive reuse of a former office building into “campus-style” apartments and townhomes. Project partners include: 3rd Gen Investment Group, LLC; PCS Structural Solutions; Landau & Associates; Parametrix; Bailey General Contractors; and Doug Walker Photography.

The 2017 jurors for both honor awards were Ray Calabro, FAIA, Principal at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (Seattle, WA), Cima Malek-Aslani, AIA, Principal at Schacht Aslani Architects (Seattle, WA) and Mark Pynn, AIA, of Mark Pynn Architecture (Sun Valley, ID).

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