A capital venture indeed.

Washington State companies had a banner year when it came to venture capital. According to Pitchbook, 375 deals totaling $3.5 billion were made in 2019, up from $3 billion the year before and $1.7 billion in 2017. Highlights of the VC funding frenzy included Convoy,...

Get ready to Thrive!

Designed for second-stage companies that are trying to get over the hump to continue their exponential growth, the Washington State Department of Commerce has launched its new program, Thrive!. Thrive connects second-stage CEOs with subject matter experts on a range...

Startup ecosystem reaches critical mass.

Two experts at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence have predicted ideal conditions for an explosion of new startups in Washington State. They make a good case. Washington is home to 130 engineering offices and the list is impressive. It includes  Adobe,...

From papermill to prime waterfront.

One of Vancouver’s best waterfront views is getting a $1.5 billion makeover. The Waterfront-Vancouver USA project, a public-private partnership between the City of Vancouver and Gramor Development, Inc., will turn the former industrial site into a 20 block urban...

A high-tech tunnel? Hey, it’s Washington!

Finally, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. After years of work and a few setbacks, the new tunnel that cuts under downtown Seattle to connect the southern and northern parts of the city is finally slated to open by the end of the year. Not only is it a...

Amazon widens footprint in Seattle.

With all the headlines about creating a second headquarters in another city, Amazon is nevertheless leasing more office space and still growing in downtown Seattle. They have signed one of the biggest office space leases in Seattle history in the new Rainier Square...

Funko opens stunning new HQ in Everett.

Thousands of fans lined up early to catch a sneak peek at Funko’s new toy headquarters in Everett. The originator of hundreds of pop culture bobble-headed cult figures opened the new store in the city’s former Bon Marche department store. The...

Wemco expansion pays off big.

Expansions in Washington State can really pay off for some companies, especially if they are planned and executed well. Such is the case with Wemco Co., a Spokane-area company that needed to triple its production capacity to keep pace with its customer’s needs....

U.S. News touts Washington’s business advantages.

Superlatives can only do so much. Sometimes it takes a national news magazine to capture the very essence of Washington’s competitive strengths, from our diversified industries and cross-collaboration between businesses to our investments in STEM and higher...
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