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News From The Port

Patrick H. Reay, Executive Director

The Port of Walla Walla has added some additional staff capacity to address the needs of the growing operations and the demands of the economy. In June, the Port added three new staff to the team. Two have joined the administrative team and one has been hired to perform utility maintenance functions in the Burbank area. The new hires include Meagan Allen, Samantha Grant Herriot, and Bradley Davidson.
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Trending News

New Data Shows the Result of Violent Crime

New Data Shows the Result of Violent Crime

The Washington Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) just launched a new interactive website focusing on crime, poverty, education, and health. The SAC Mapping Tool website offers 12 different indicators with data available for each...
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U.S. Census – Men & Women, Money & Work

U.S. Census – Men & Women, Money & Work

Based on data, we know the "typical" U.S. male worker earns more than the "typical" U.S. female worker employed in the same occupation. What is typical? What can drilling deeper into a variety of different occupations and...
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State Auditor Launches Financial Intelligence Tool (FIT) Website

State Auditor Launches Financial Intelligence Tool (FIT) Website

The Office of the Washington State Auditor has a new tool for the citizenry to go for government financial accountability information called the Finance Intelligence Tool (FIT). This data...
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Trends In Action

Number of Physicians (MD’s and DO’s) Remains Steady

Health care and universal insurance coverage, a hot topic issue dutifully covered by the mainstream media in recent years, is actually not a new concept. The political debate of government funded and facilitated health insurance goes back to President Theodore Roosevelt. Discussion existed before Roosevelt, but he was the first to include...
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An Aging Population Carries Economic Implications

A growing economy typically requires a growing labor force. If a core economic development goal is to increase the amount of local goods and services sold, usually more human input is required. But not always. Labor productivity gains can boost output independent of additional hours worked. Still, productivity isn’t strong enough to account for all...
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Are Walla Walla County High School Students Graduating at Acceptable Rates?

Every June, local high schools engage in the most significant rite of passage of the year: graduation ceremonies. It is not without reason that pomp and circumstance surround the event, with twists provided by students of course. Securing a high school diploma represents a significant milestone in a young person’s life. Ideally, one would like every senior to march across the stage and pick up a diploma. But as we know, this almost...
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Annual Taxable Retail Sales: Post-Recession Recovery, Sector Volatility, and the Rise of Online Shopping

In 2018, according to the Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR), over a billion ($1.054 billion) in taxable retail sales took place within Walla Walla County. This is the highest recorded number since the beginning of the trend in 1999, where it was just $462 million. In terms of a growth rate, this was a 10.4% increase from the prior year. It edged out the state, sitting at 9.6%, by nearly one percentage point and marked...
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