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Traffic congestion is ‘swallowing up the region’ and hurting competitiveness, say business leaders

Business and community leaders in Seattle, Bellevue and Auburn sang a familiar refrain Tuesday that has been heard at meetings around the state. Traffic congestion and an unreliable transportation system are making it difficult for Washington employers to be competitive with other states, and internationally. Focus during the meetings also centered on K-12 and […]

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Priorities4Prosperity in Everett: ‘If we have the workforce, employers will come.’

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Yakima community and business leaders who attended a WashACE listening tour gathering Wednesday identified education, transportation and creating a strong business climate as the most important issues facing the state and their community. A good transportation network is especially important because of the region’s dependence on agriculture and the need […]

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