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  • Hawaii solar firms RevoluSun, Distributed Energy Partners restructure

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    Duane Shimogawa
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Honolulu-based solar energy firms RevoluSun and Distributed Energy Partners, which together have designed and built solar energy systems totaling more than 50-megawatts of energy in Hawaii since 2009, are restructuring to divide work for the residential and commercial markets. The two firms will move into different offices, with RevoluSun serving the residential market and Distributed Energy Partners serving the commercial market, with the six partners moving from management to ownership roles of…
  • Here's the Charles Koch ice bucket challenge video

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    Emily Behlmann
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The CEO of America's second-largest privately held company accepted the challenge from Wichita State Shockers men's basketball coach Gregg Marshall. Koch Industries posted a video to Facebook of Charles Koch's ice bucket challenge. Scroll down to see the post and video, or see it on Koch's Facebook page. The ice bucket challenge is a viral fund- and awareness-raising phenomenon for the ALS Association. The association has raised more than $50 million in the past three weeks to support research…
  • Oregon splits the difference on Ambre coal grants

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    Wendy Culverwell
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    It's been quite a week on Oregon's coal export front. Friday, the Oregon Transportation Commission awarded more than $40 million in Connect Oregon grants to fuel transportation projects. But the awards cut both ways for Ambre Energy's controversial Morrow Pacific Project to export coal mined in the Powder River Basin to South Korea via the Columbia River. The commission OK'd one grant associated with Ambre Energy but rejected a second. The commission gave the Port of St. Helens $2 million to extend…
  • GM unveils Chandler IT center, plans to employ 1,000 at capacity

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    Emily Overholt
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    General Motors was a long way from Detroit with the unveiling of its 170,000-square-foot Information Technology Innovation Center in Chandler Friday morning. The center, which has half of its expected 1,000 employees already working, is a score for Chandler and its Price Road Corridor, which already houses Intel Corp. and Microchip Technology Inc. This is the fourth Innovation Center in the country, with other sites in Georgia, Texas and Michigan. "GM is exactly the type of technology employer…
  • MIT researchers develop algorithm that can help drones help themselves

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    David Harris
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Last year, Amazon's Jeff Bezos said the giant online retailer would one day deliver goods via drones. To many, Bezos' announcement was a PR tactic, but Amazon's tactics are turning into an actual business plan with actual hires. Cue researchers from MIT, who might soon help Amazon and other retailers makes long deliveries via drones without any hiccups. According to MIT, researchers have developed a two-pronged approach that can allow drones to do two things: monitor their own "health" in real…
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  • Hawaii solar firms RevoluSun, Distributed Energy Partners restructure

    Duane Shimogawa
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Honolulu-based solar energy firms RevoluSun and Distributed Energy Partners, which together have designed and built solar energy systems totaling more than 50-megawatts of energy in Hawaii since 2009, are restructuring to divide work for the residential and commercial markets. The two firms will move into different offices, with RevoluSun serving the residential market and Distributed Energy Partners serving the commercial market, with the six partners moving from management to ownership roles of…
  • HLTA launches Women in Lodging and Tourism group for Hawaii hotel execs

    Jason Ubay
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    The Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association officially launched the Women in Lodging and Tourism – Hawaii chapter at an event this week at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. The new group provides a network for women hospitality professionals for education and mentorship. Discussions to start an association started at an HLTA meeting in May. Julie Arigo, WIL-Hawaii chapter chair and general manager of Waikiki Parc Hotel, said the organization hoped to sign up 100 members, but as of Thursday, WIL-Hawaii had…
  • Hawaii is doing better than most states in cancer prevention policy, study says

    Matt Tuohy
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    A new report form the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network says Hawaii’s policy on cancer prevention is improving, but says there’s room for it to grow. The report, titled " How Do You Measure Up?: A progress Report on State Legislative Activity to reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality," shows how states can reduce cancer deaths through passing legislation. Hawaii met six of the 12 criteria the report used to measure every state placing it in the "middle" category along with nine other…
  • SolarWorld to check with Hawaii's Inter-Island Solar Supply regarding faulty part

    Duane Shimogawa
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    SolarWorld, the largest solar photovoltaic panel maker in the United States, is checking with its distributors, including Honolulu’s Inter-Island Solar Supply, to make sure the wrong hardware wasn’t used during the installation of its solar-energy systems, the spokesman for the Hillsboro, Ore.-based company told PBN on Friday. But Rick Reed, president of Inter-Island Solar, which has locations on all of the major Hawaiian Islands to serve its approximately 650 wholesale customers, told PBN that…
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa to offer new degrees in astrophysics and astronomy

    Matt Tuohy
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has approved two new degree programs at UH Manoa to accommodate aspiring astrophysicists and astronomers. The board on Thursday approved several new items including the a bachelor of science degree in astrophysics and a bachelor of arts degree in astronomy in the physics and astronomy department and the Institute for Astronomy. The new degrees include introductory, intermediate and advanced astronomy courses and research tutorials with leading scientists…
 
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  • Here's the Charles Koch ice bucket challenge video

    Emily Behlmann
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The CEO of America's second-largest privately held company accepted the challenge from Wichita State Shockers men's basketball coach Gregg Marshall. Koch Industries posted a video to Facebook of Charles Koch's ice bucket challenge. Scroll down to see the post and video, or see it on Koch's Facebook page. The ice bucket challenge is a viral fund- and awareness-raising phenomenon for the ALS Association. The association has raised more than $50 million in the past three weeks to support research…
  • Kratofil appointed to Jackson County Sports Complex Authority

    James Dornbrook
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed Greg Kratofil Jr. to the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority. Kratofil, a Republican, will replace authority chairman Gerald Winship, an independent whose term expired on July 15. Kratofil is a partner in the Kansas City law firm Polsinelli PC. He is Google’s local counsel for the Google Fiber for Communities Project, and assisted in the negotiations and documentation of naming rights for Livestrong Sporting Park. The authority governs maintenance and…
  • Share your 'Ice Bucket Challenge' moments

    Leslie Collins
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    The ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" has morphed into a social media craze, and Kansas City has now dived into the icy challenge. We've personally witnessed a number of local CEOs getting drenched, along with their employees, and challenge other companies and bigwigs in the metro. Since taking off in late July, the national challenge has helped raise $41.8 million for ALS research. So, now we're challenging you, our readers, to send us your videos and photos showing Kansas City-area companies and organizations…
  • Sprecher Brewing prepares fire truck for second traveling beer garden at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson

    Denise Lockwood
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Sprecher Brewing Co. will add a second traveling beer garden, which is set to roll in at the Milwaukee Rally at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson, 1280 Blue Ribbon Drive in Oconomowoc, from Aug. 28 through Aug. 31. “We couldn’t ask for a better venue to debut our second traveling beer garden. Harley-Davidson has always been a sign of Milwaukee-based ingenuity; Sprecher Brewery has, too. We’re proud to be affiliated with such a strong local brand,” said Jeff Hamilton, president of Sprecher. A bright…
  • Milwaukee Ald. Joe Davis proposes $100M in city bonding for new arena

    Rich Kirchen
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    North side Milwaukee Ald. Joe Davis, a potential candidate for Milwaukee mayor, has proposed that the city expand its bonding authority by $100 million, which could be used to fund a new downtown arena. Davis said in a press release Friday that city leaders need to ensure that all their funding options are available to participate as a partner “in this critical project.” “The city of Milwaukee faces a pivotal choice about its future with the Milwaukee Bucks basketball franchise,” Davis…
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  • Oregon splits the difference on Ambre coal grants

    Wendy Culverwell
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    It's been quite a week on Oregon's coal export front. Friday, the Oregon Transportation Commission awarded more than $40 million in Connect Oregon grants to fuel transportation projects. But the awards cut both ways for Ambre Energy's controversial Morrow Pacific Project to export coal mined in the Powder River Basin to South Korea via the Columbia River. The commission OK'd one grant associated with Ambre Energy but rejected a second. The commission gave the Port of St. Helens $2 million to extend…
  • Boeing CEO Ray Conner takes Ice Bucket Challenge at Boeing Classic

    Rachel Lerman
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    It's not just Seattle tech leaders who are taking an icy plunge to benefit the ALS Association. Boeing CEO Ray Conner took part in the challenge Thursday at Snoqualmie Ridge while preparing for the Boeing Classic golf tournament. Conner was challenged by EVA Air Chairman K.W. Chang. He challenged CEO of Southwest Airlines Gary Kelly, Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson and CEO of GE Aviation David Joyce. "It's perfect, beautiful," Conner said as water poured over his head. The ALS Association has raised…
  • Better Bricks: Deal of the Year winner adds a second key tenant

    Andy Giegerich
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Park Avenue West has enlisted its second key tenant. Washington Trust Bank announced Friday it would move its Oregon regional headquarters onto the under-construction downtown tower's 18th floor when the structure is completed in 2016. Washington Trust joins Stoel Rives, Park Avenue West's anchor tenant, in the 546,000-square-foot building next to the Fox Tower. The building won a Better Bricks Commercial Real Estate Award for TMT Development, the project's developer. Washington Trust will occupy…
  • Seattle opens the door to Chinese tourists

    Rob Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Chinese tourists who visit Seattle’s El Gaucho steakhouse will soon have the option of ordering off menus printed in Mandarin Chinese. The restaurant is also recruiting Mandarin speaking servers and/or hostesses. “We’re going to see an explosion (of Chinese tourists) over the next few years,” said El Gaucho CEO Chad Mackay. He should know. Mackay is the former chairman of the Visit Seattle board of directors and now serves as chair of the finance committee. As we reported in this week’s…
  • Northwest business destiny sails through China

    Steven Goldsmith
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    China’s red-hot economic growth has been slowing, but that doesn’t mean companies in the Puget Sound area can ignore the world’s most populous country. As the (subscribers only) points out, China is projected to soon overtake Japan as Washington state’s No. 1 source of overseas tourists. But as tourism grows, investment from China in Washington companies has not kept pace. The PSBJ's Steve Wilhelm recently reported that Washington has attracted only 31 direct investments from China,…
 
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  • GM unveils Chandler IT center, plans to employ 1,000 at capacity

    Emily Overholt
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    General Motors was a long way from Detroit with the unveiling of its 170,000-square-foot Information Technology Innovation Center in Chandler Friday morning. The center, which has half of its expected 1,000 employees already working, is a score for Chandler and its Price Road Corridor, which already houses Intel Corp. and Microchip Technology Inc. This is the fourth Innovation Center in the country, with other sites in Georgia, Texas and Michigan. "GM is exactly the type of technology employer…
  • Rick Perry: Been indicted, got fingerprinted, got the T-shirt

    Bill Hethcock
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Oh Lord, it must be hard to be humble when you’re Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Even your mugshot looks good enough to slap on a T-shirt. RickPAC, a political action committee that supports Perry, is selling T-shirts with his recently taken mugshot on them. The politician whom iconoclastic journalist Molly Ivins always called "Governor Goodhair" hawked the new wares in a tweet on Friday. The front of the special-edition T-shirt has a mugshot of Perry, looking Rico Suave in a dark suit and a light blue…
  • LDS real estate arms swap Arizona land for $104M

    Mike Sunnucks
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Two real estate arms of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have swapped ownership of land in the outer suburbs of Phoenix. Property Reserve Inc. has sold at least 16 parcels to Suburban Land Reserve Inc. for $104.2 million, according to Maricopa County Records. Both companies are real estate affiliates of the Mormon Church. Both are also major buyers of real estate across the U.S. and the Southwest. Real estate industry officials say the land sale between LDS brethren companies involves…
  • Dallas' Gaedeke Group to invest $3.8M in Oak Lawn Plaza redo

    Candace Carlisle
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Dallas-based real estate investment firm Gaedeke Group LLC plans to bankroll a major renovation for Oak Lawn Plaza, an office building located in the high-trafficked entry to the Dallas North Tollway from the city's urban core. The firm is one of a number of investment groups banking on the city's rising real estate values and putting money into their own office properties. Other office buildings, such as Thanksgiving Tower, Bank of America Plaza and 2100 Ross, are in the midst of multimillion…
  • Irvine's Reverse Medical gets snatched up by Covidien as Medtronic merger looms

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    As it prepares for a merger with Medtronic Inc., medical device company Covidien has itself acquired a small California-based company to makes products to treat vascular disease. Covidien (NYSE: COV) didn’t say how much it paid for Reverse Medical Corp. in an announcement today, saying only that the business will come under its existing neurovascular product line. Reverse Medical, in Irvine, Calif., is now launching its MVP Micro Vascular Plug System and the UNO Neurovascular Embolization System,…
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  • MIT researchers develop algorithm that can help drones help themselves

    David Harris
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Last year, Amazon's Jeff Bezos said the giant online retailer would one day deliver goods via drones. To many, Bezos' announcement was a PR tactic, but Amazon's tactics are turning into an actual business plan with actual hires. Cue researchers from MIT, who might soon help Amazon and other retailers makes long deliveries via drones without any hiccups. According to MIT, researchers have developed a two-pronged approach that can allow drones to do two things: monitor their own "health" in real…
  • Coca-Cola Field to get new seats

    James Fink
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    For the first time since Coca-Cola Field opened 26 years ago, a large section of seats in the downtown ballpark will be replaced this off-season. Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo Bisons officials confirmed approximately 3,700 seats in the lower bowl — roughly dug out to dug out — will be replaced, with newer and wider seats. Gone will be the now-faded and well-worn red seats that were installed just before the ballpark opened in 1988. The new seats will be green in color. Work will begin shortly…
  • State officials report the first case of West Nile virus in 2014

    Jessica Bartlett
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced today that a Middlesex County man has the first reported human case of the West Nile virus in the state this year. The man was diagnosed at the Hinton State Laboratory institute. The patient, who is in his 60s, remains hospitalized but is recovering, state officials said. In 2013, eight cases of West Nile virus were detected in Massachusetts residents.
  • Loudoun hopes to double attendance at this year’s Epicurience festival

    Rebecca Cooper
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Attendees at last year’s first Epicurience Virginia festival in Loudoun County had a great time, they said in surveys afterward, but some of the event’s vendors wished there had been a few more of them. The festival celebrating the culinary and wine offerings of Loudoun County and the rest of the commonwealth returns this year, and Loudoun tourism officials hope to increase the attendance at the grand tasting event in Leesburg’s Morven Park Aug. 30. Epicurience runs Aug. 29-31. “In an…
  • Xerox adds 500 jobs in Cherry Hill

    Lauren Hertzler
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    From now until October, Xerox said it will be adding 500 new positions at its Cherry Hill facility. The job openings are for customer care representatives for Xerox’s annual benefits enrollment program. The company said it’s looking for applicants with previous customer service experience. “During the time of enrollment, there is a need for more customer service to answer questions that employees might have while enrolling for healthcare, vision, 401K, etc.,” Xerox spokeswoman Jennifer…
 
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  • Judge approves new congressional map, allows election to proceed

    Brandon Larrabee
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    A Leon County judge upheld a second draft of the state's congressional districts in a decision issued Friday, but shelved the new map until after the November elections. The decision marked a major victory for legislative Republicans, who approved the new plan this month after Lewis ruled that their first draft violated the Florida Constitution's ban on political gerrymandering. The GOP had also pushed for the earlier version of the districts, approved in 2012, to remain in place through this year's…
  • 'Structure change' in the works for Louisville Chase operations

    Braden Lammers
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    There has been a lot of chatter about changes in the works in the wealth-management and private-banking segment of JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Louisville operation. I reached a company spokesman, and he didn't do much to clear things up. "We announced yesterday that we are changing the way we are covering some of the market, no different than the framework that’s been in place forever, but it does impact some people on the ground," said Jeffrey Lyttle, senior vice president and head of community engagement…
  • Workers' comp insurance rates expected to decline

    Brian Bandell
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Workers’ compensation insurance rates could decline in 2015 for the first time in four years. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) proposed a 2.5 percent decline in workers’ comp rates effective Jan. 1. The rate filing said there have been fewer losses and claims. The decrease would vary by industry: 3.2 percent for manufacturing, 2.9 percent for contracting, 2.6 percent for goods and services, 2.4 percent for miscellaneous and 1.3 percent for office and clerical. It’s subject…
  • Argos Therapeutics commits to new headquarters in Durham

    Amanda Jones Hoyle
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Argos Therapeutics has reached a deal with a Charlotte real estate developer to build a new headquarters office and manufacturing facility in Durham. Under the terms of the 10-year lease agreement with Charlotte-based The Keith Corp., Argos will lease a 97,500-square-foot building that The Keith Corp. will finance and build on Argo’s behalf, according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Keith Corp., through a subsidiary, has owned an 11-acre site at 1733…
  • FDOT mulls adding SunRail platform at new downtown Orlando hotel

    Anjali Fluker
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The Florida Department of Transportation is looking at an idea that would make a proposed hotel in downtown Orlando extremely transit-oriented. The city of Orlando appearance review board on Aug. 21 looked at a “courtesy review” request from TSCF Church Street Development LLC — a subsidiary of the Boston-based owner of Church Street Station, Tremont Realty Capital — for plans to build a new 13-story, 205-room Hyatt Place Hotel with a potential SunRail station platform, city documents showed. The…
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  • Hawaii solar firms RevoluSun, Distributed Energy Partners restructure

    Duane Shimogawa
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Honolulu-based solar energy firms RevoluSun and Distributed Energy Partners, which together have designed and built solar energy systems totaling more than 50-megawatts of energy in Hawaii since 2009, are restructuring to divide work for the residential and commercial markets. The two firms will move into different offices, with RevoluSun serving the residential market and Distributed Energy Partners serving the commercial market, with the six partners moving from management to ownership roles of…
  • HLTA launches Women in Lodging and Tourism group for Hawaii hotel execs

    Jason Ubay
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    The Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association officially launched the Women in Lodging and Tourism – Hawaii chapter at an event this week at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. The new group provides a network for women hospitality professionals for education and mentorship. Discussions to start an association started at an HLTA meeting in May. Julie Arigo, WIL-Hawaii chapter chair and general manager of Waikiki Parc Hotel, said the organization hoped to sign up 100 members, but as of Thursday, WIL-Hawaii had…
  • Hawaii is doing better than most states in cancer prevention policy, study says

    Matt Tuohy
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    A new report form the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network says Hawaii’s policy on cancer prevention is improving, but says there’s room for it to grow. The report, titled " How Do You Measure Up?: A progress Report on State Legislative Activity to reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality," shows how states can reduce cancer deaths through passing legislation. Hawaii met six of the 12 criteria the report used to measure every state placing it in the "middle" category along with nine other…
  • SolarWorld to check with Hawaii's Inter-Island Solar Supply regarding faulty part

    Duane Shimogawa
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    SolarWorld, the largest solar photovoltaic panel maker in the United States, is checking with its distributors, including Honolulu’s Inter-Island Solar Supply, to make sure the wrong hardware wasn’t used during the installation of its solar-energy systems, the spokesman for the Hillsboro, Ore.-based company told PBN on Friday. But Rick Reed, president of Inter-Island Solar, which has locations on all of the major Hawaiian Islands to serve its approximately 650 wholesale customers, told PBN that…
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa to offer new degrees in astrophysics and astronomy

    Matt Tuohy
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has approved two new degree programs at UH Manoa to accommodate aspiring astrophysicists and astronomers. The board on Thursday approved several new items including the a bachelor of science degree in astrophysics and a bachelor of arts degree in astronomy in the physics and astronomy department and the Institute for Astronomy. The new degrees include introductory, intermediate and advanced astronomy courses and research tutorials with leading scientists…
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  • Hawaii solar firms RevoluSun, Distributed Energy Partners restructure

    Duane Shimogawa
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Honolulu-based solar energy firms RevoluSun and Distributed Energy Partners, which together have designed and built solar energy systems totaling more than 50-megawatts of energy in Hawaii since 2009, are restructuring to divide work for the residential and commercial markets. The two firms will move into different offices, with RevoluSun serving the residential market and Distributed Energy Partners serving the commercial market, with the six partners moving from management to ownership roles of…
  • HLTA launches Women in Lodging and Tourism group for Hawaii hotel execs

    Jason Ubay
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    The Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association officially launched the Women in Lodging and Tourism – Hawaii chapter at an event this week at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. The new group provides a network for women hospitality professionals for education and mentorship. Discussions to start an association started at an HLTA meeting in May. Julie Arigo, WIL-Hawaii chapter chair and general manager of Waikiki Parc Hotel, said the organization hoped to sign up 100 members, but as of Thursday, WIL-Hawaii had…
  • Hawaii is doing better than most states in cancer prevention policy, study says

    Matt Tuohy
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    A new report form the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network says Hawaii’s policy on cancer prevention is improving, but says there’s room for it to grow. The report, titled " How Do You Measure Up?: A progress Report on State Legislative Activity to reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality," shows how states can reduce cancer deaths through passing legislation. Hawaii met six of the 12 criteria the report used to measure every state placing it in the "middle" category along with nine other…
  • SolarWorld to check with Hawaii's Inter-Island Solar Supply regarding faulty part

    Duane Shimogawa
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    SolarWorld, the largest solar photovoltaic panel maker in the United States, is checking with its distributors, including Honolulu’s Inter-Island Solar Supply, to make sure the wrong hardware wasn’t used during the installation of its solar-energy systems, the spokesman for the Hillsboro, Ore.-based company told PBN on Friday. But Rick Reed, president of Inter-Island Solar, which has locations on all of the major Hawaiian Islands to serve its approximately 650 wholesale customers, told PBN that…
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa to offer new degrees in astrophysics and astronomy

    Matt Tuohy
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has approved two new degree programs at UH Manoa to accommodate aspiring astrophysicists and astronomers. The board on Thursday approved several new items including the a bachelor of science degree in astrophysics and a bachelor of arts degree in astronomy in the physics and astronomy department and the Institute for Astronomy. The new degrees include introductory, intermediate and advanced astronomy courses and research tutorials with leading scientists…
 
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  • 'Structure change' in the works for Louisville Chase operations

    Braden Lammers
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    There has been a lot of chatter about changes in the works in the wealth-management and private-banking segment of JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Louisville operation. I reached a company spokesman, and he didn't do much to clear things up. "We announced yesterday that we are changing the way we are covering some of the market, no different than the framework that’s been in place forever, but it does impact some people on the ground," said Jeffrey Lyttle, senior vice president and head of community engagement…
  • Rick Perry's lawyers will ask judge to dismiss case

    Bill Hethcock
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s lawyers will ask a judge to dismiss criminal charges against Perry, citing the governor’s constitutional veto authority and his First Amendment right to speak his mind. The judge presiding over the case gave Austin attorney David Botsford a week to file the motion to dismiss the case, according to the Associated Press. Perry skipped his arraignment Friday morning. His lawyers have entered a plea of not guilty to the two felonies he's accused of — abuse of official…
  • Better Bricks: A touching tribute from the Bill Naito Co.

    Wendy Culverwell
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Renovating a historic building in the middle of downtown is a messy, noisy business. So when The Bill Naito Co. initiated a $20-plus million renovation of The Galleria, 921 S.W. Morrison in 2012, to accommodate CityTarget, there were bound to be complaints about noise, traffic and parking. Boy were there, says CEO Bill Barendrick, CEO. Guests at the Governor Hotel (now the Sentinel) weren't happy to be awakened by construction noise. Nearby residents complained as did businesses. Barendrick jokes…
  • BB&T cuts jobs, but Birmingham spared

    Antrenise Cole
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    BB&T cut an undisclosed number of employees this week in multiple areas of its operations, the bank confirmed. While the bank would not identify the specific locations, David White, vice president of corporate communications at BB&T, said none of the reductions are in the Birmingham area, and noted that the bank has open positions in Alabama. “In response to a challenging economy and competitive environment, BB&T is restructuring and, in some cases, consolidating positions in several areas of…
  • D.C.-area credit unions serving low-income members

    National Credit Union Administration
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The number of credit unions designated to serve low-income members has nearly doubled nationwide, from 1,140 to 2,107, in the two years since the National Credit Union Administration began a push to increase small business lending and financial literacy programs. Nearly two-dozen such credit unions exist in Greater Washington — here are the largest ones with total assets of at least $1 million. For the full story, go here.
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  • Hawaii solar firms RevoluSun, Distributed Energy Partners restructure

    Duane Shimogawa
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Honolulu-based solar energy firms RevoluSun and Distributed Energy Partners, which together have designed and built solar energy systems totaling more than 50-megawatts of energy in Hawaii since 2009, are restructuring to divide work for the residential and commercial markets. The two firms will move into different offices, with RevoluSun serving the residential market and Distributed Energy Partners serving the commercial market, with the six partners moving from management to ownership roles of…
  • HLTA launches Women in Lodging and Tourism group for Hawaii hotel execs

    Jason Ubay
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    The Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association officially launched the Women in Lodging and Tourism – Hawaii chapter at an event this week at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. The new group provides a network for women hospitality professionals for education and mentorship. Discussions to start an association started at an HLTA meeting in May. Julie Arigo, WIL-Hawaii chapter chair and general manager of Waikiki Parc Hotel, said the organization hoped to sign up 100 members, but as of Thursday, WIL-Hawaii had…
  • Hawaii is doing better than most states in cancer prevention policy, study says

    Matt Tuohy
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    A new report form the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network says Hawaii’s policy on cancer prevention is improving, but says there’s room for it to grow. The report, titled " How Do You Measure Up?: A progress Report on State Legislative Activity to reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality," shows how states can reduce cancer deaths through passing legislation. Hawaii met six of the 12 criteria the report used to measure every state placing it in the "middle" category along with nine other…
  • SolarWorld to check with Hawaii's Inter-Island Solar Supply regarding faulty part

    Duane Shimogawa
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    SolarWorld, the largest solar photovoltaic panel maker in the United States, is checking with its distributors, including Honolulu’s Inter-Island Solar Supply, to make sure the wrong hardware wasn’t used during the installation of its solar-energy systems, the spokesman for the Hillsboro, Ore.-based company told PBN on Friday. But Rick Reed, president of Inter-Island Solar, which has locations on all of the major Hawaiian Islands to serve its approximately 650 wholesale customers, told PBN that…
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa to offer new degrees in astrophysics and astronomy

    Matt Tuohy
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has approved two new degree programs at UH Manoa to accommodate aspiring astrophysicists and astronomers. The board on Thursday approved several new items including the a bachelor of science degree in astrophysics and a bachelor of arts degree in astronomy in the physics and astronomy department and the Institute for Astronomy. The new degrees include introductory, intermediate and advanced astronomy courses and research tutorials with leading scientists…
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  • LDS real estate arms swap Arizona land for $104M

    Mike Sunnucks
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Two real estate arms of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have swapped ownership of land in the outer suburbs of Phoenix. Property Reserve Inc. has sold at least 16 parcels to Suburban Land Reserve Inc. for $104.2 million, according to Maricopa County Records. Both companies are real estate affiliates of the Mormon Church. Both are also major buyers of real estate across the U.S. and the Southwest. Real estate industry officials say the land sale between LDS brethren companies involves…
  • Dallas' Gaedeke Group to invest $3.8M in Oak Lawn Plaza redo

    Candace Carlisle
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Dallas-based real estate investment firm Gaedeke Group LLC plans to bankroll a major renovation for Oak Lawn Plaza, an office building located in the high-trafficked entry to the Dallas North Tollway from the city's urban core. The firm is one of a number of investment groups banking on the city's rising real estate values and putting money into their own office properties. Other office buildings, such as Thanksgiving Tower, Bank of America Plaza and 2100 Ross, are in the midst of multimillion…
  • MIG Real Estate drops $35.5 million on Arizona deal

    Mike Sunnucks
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:18 pm
    A Southern California that already owns business hotels, an office complex and multifamily properties in the Phoenix area has bought a Chandler, Ariz. apartment complex for $35.5 million MIG Real Estate purchased the 234-unit Symphony Apartments in Chandler near Frye and Dobson roads. There have been a slew of apartment complex sales including a good number involving California buyers and sellers. CBRE brokers Tyler Anderson, Sean Cunningham and Asher Gunter negotiated the sale. The seller was…
  • Transaction Action: Land next to Pearl Brewery development on the sales block

    Tricia Lynn Silva
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    This special online feature details the real-estate sales, leases, new assignments and other deals that have recently taken place in San Antonio and other parts of Texas. Every week, we will post a new listing of some of the latest real estate news for our readers. Have some newsworthy real estate news to share? Contact real estate reporter Tricia Lynn Silva at tsilva@bizjournals.com. Sold! The Point Royale Apartment Homes has changed hands. Joe James, Kent Myers and J. Patrick Burke of the Austin…
  • New Clorox Building tenants gobble Oakland office space

    Adam Weintraub
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Two offices leases have filled up about one-fourth of all the vacant office space in the Clorox headquarters building at 1221 Broadway in Oakland, including one tenant that will relocate from offices in San Francisco. The deals, signed in the past week or so, will tighten up the Oakland Class A office market and show that the rising rents and competition for space in San Francisco are making Oakland look like a viable alternative for more potential tenants. As recently as August 1, the 520,000-square…
 
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  • Hawaii solar firms RevoluSun, Distributed Energy Partners restructure

    Duane Shimogawa
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Honolulu-based solar energy firms RevoluSun and Distributed Energy Partners, which together have designed and built solar energy systems totaling more than 50-megawatts of energy in Hawaii since 2009, are restructuring to divide work for the residential and commercial markets. The two firms will move into different offices, with RevoluSun serving the residential market and Distributed Energy Partners serving the commercial market, with the six partners moving from management to ownership roles of…
  • HLTA launches Women in Lodging and Tourism group for Hawaii hotel execs

    Jason Ubay
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    The Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association officially launched the Women in Lodging and Tourism – Hawaii chapter at an event this week at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. The new group provides a network for women hospitality professionals for education and mentorship. Discussions to start an association started at an HLTA meeting in May. Julie Arigo, WIL-Hawaii chapter chair and general manager of Waikiki Parc Hotel, said the organization hoped to sign up 100 members, but as of Thursday, WIL-Hawaii had…
  • Hawaii is doing better than most states in cancer prevention policy, study says

    Matt Tuohy
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    A new report form the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network says Hawaii’s policy on cancer prevention is improving, but says there’s room for it to grow. The report, titled " How Do You Measure Up?: A progress Report on State Legislative Activity to reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality," shows how states can reduce cancer deaths through passing legislation. Hawaii met six of the 12 criteria the report used to measure every state placing it in the "middle" category along with nine other…
  • SolarWorld to check with Hawaii's Inter-Island Solar Supply regarding faulty part

    Duane Shimogawa
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    SolarWorld, the largest solar photovoltaic panel maker in the United States, is checking with its distributors, including Honolulu’s Inter-Island Solar Supply, to make sure the wrong hardware wasn’t used during the installation of its solar-energy systems, the spokesman for the Hillsboro, Ore.-based company told PBN on Friday. But Rick Reed, president of Inter-Island Solar, which has locations on all of the major Hawaiian Islands to serve its approximately 650 wholesale customers, told PBN that…
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa to offer new degrees in astrophysics and astronomy

    Matt Tuohy
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has approved two new degree programs at UH Manoa to accommodate aspiring astrophysicists and astronomers. The board on Thursday approved several new items including the a bachelor of science degree in astrophysics and a bachelor of arts degree in astronomy in the physics and astronomy department and the Institute for Astronomy. The new degrees include introductory, intermediate and advanced astronomy courses and research tutorials with leading scientists…
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  • University of Hawaii at Manoa to offer new degrees in astrophysics and astronomy

    Matt Tuohy
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has approved two new degree programs at UH Manoa to accommodate aspiring astrophysicists and astronomers. The board on Thursday approved several new items including the a bachelor of science degree in astrophysics and a bachelor of arts degree in astronomy in the physics and astronomy department and the Institute for Astronomy. The new degrees include introductory, intermediate and advanced astronomy courses and research tutorials with leading scientists…
  • Rick Perry: Been indicted, got fingerprinted, got the T-shirt

    Bill Hethcock
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Oh Lord, it must be hard to be humble when you’re Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Even your mugshot looks good enough to slap on a T-shirt. RickPAC, a political action committee that supports Perry, is selling T-shirts with his recently taken mugshot on them. The politician whom iconoclastic journalist Molly Ivins always called "Governor Goodhair" hawked the new wares in a tweet on Friday. The front of the special-edition T-shirt has a mugshot of Perry, looking Rico Suave in a dark suit and a light blue…
  • Rick Perry's lawyers will ask judge to dismiss case

    Bill Hethcock
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s lawyers will ask a judge to dismiss criminal charges against Perry, citing the governor’s constitutional veto authority and his First Amendment right to speak his mind. The judge presiding over the case gave Austin attorney David Botsford a week to file the motion to dismiss the case, according to the Associated Press. Perry skipped his arraignment Friday morning. His lawyers have entered a plea of not guilty to the two felonies he's accused of — abuse of official…
  • Omni Development negotiating lease to build Hudson Valley Community College's first student housing

    Megan Rogers
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Hudson Valley Community College is negotiating a lease with Omni Development to construct the school's first student housing. Duncan Barrett, chief operating officer at Omni Housing Development, said the company plans to build a 330-bed, $20 million residence hall. Barrett and the Troy school are negotiating a lease for 45 Vandenurgh Place where the residence hall will be constructed. A lease should be finalized by fall. Omni Housing is the residential arm of Albany, New York-based commercial real…
  • Broward College-FIU open new campus - slideshow

    Brian Bandell
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Broward College and Florida International University have completed construction of their joint campus in Miramar. The Miramar West Center, at 1930 S.W. 145th Ave., totals 89,000 square feet and will be LEED certified. It was built by Kaufman Lynn Construction and designed by Perkins + Will. View the slideshow above for photos of the new building. The Broward College courses will focus on business, supply chain, management, global trade and logistics. FIU will have undergraduate programs in liberal…
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  • Hawaii solar firms RevoluSun, Distributed Energy Partners restructure

    Duane Shimogawa
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Honolulu-based solar energy firms RevoluSun and Distributed Energy Partners, which together have designed and built solar energy systems totaling more than 50-megawatts of energy in Hawaii since 2009, are restructuring to divide work for the residential and commercial markets. The two firms will move into different offices, with RevoluSun serving the residential market and Distributed Energy Partners serving the commercial market, with the six partners moving from management to ownership roles of…
  • SolarWorld to check with Hawaii's Inter-Island Solar Supply regarding faulty part

    Duane Shimogawa
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    SolarWorld, the largest solar photovoltaic panel maker in the United States, is checking with its distributors, including Honolulu’s Inter-Island Solar Supply, to make sure the wrong hardware wasn’t used during the installation of its solar-energy systems, the spokesman for the Hillsboro, Ore.-based company told PBN on Friday. But Rick Reed, president of Inter-Island Solar, which has locations on all of the major Hawaiian Islands to serve its approximately 650 wholesale customers, told PBN that…
  • Oregon splits the difference on Ambre coal grants

    Wendy Culverwell
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    It's been quite a week on Oregon's coal export front. Friday, the Oregon Transportation Commission awarded more than $40 million in Connect Oregon grants to fuel transportation projects. But the awards cut both ways for Ambre Energy's controversial Morrow Pacific Project to export coal mined in the Powder River Basin to South Korea via the Columbia River. The commission OK'd one grant associated with Ambre Energy but rejected a second. The commission gave the Port of St. Helens $2 million to extend…
  • Energy secretary: KC's new NNSA facility a model for U.S.

    James Dornbrook
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:06 pm
    After eight years of planning, construction and the largest industrial move in the United States, the U.S. Department of Energy officially dedicated the new $687 million National Security Campus in Kansas City. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was the keynote speaker at the event, which drew about 1,000 people. The crowd included employees, government officials, the design and construction crews, and officials from Honeywell, which manages the $700 million manufacturing operation for the non-nuclear…
  • Maersk Oil's Houston head reflects on tough day of job cuts

    Jordan Blum
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Bruce Laws, president of Houston-based Maersk Oil, oversaw an admittedly "tough" week during which the company downsized its Houston staff by more than 25 percent. Facing profit losses and lesser returns in the Gulf of Mexico, Denmark-based Maersk eliminated 54 Houston positions, while transferring eight others to Copenhagen. The "refocused" Houston office will maintain about 150 employees — 215 counting contractors. The Denmark-based company is focusing more on other parts of the world. "It's…
 
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  • Oregon splits the difference on Ambre coal grants

    Wendy Culverwell
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    It's been quite a week on Oregon's coal export front. Friday, the Oregon Transportation Commission awarded more than $40 million in Connect Oregon grants to fuel transportation projects. But the awards cut both ways for Ambre Energy's controversial Morrow Pacific Project to export coal mined in the Powder River Basin to South Korea via the Columbia River. The commission OK'd one grant associated with Ambre Energy but rejected a second. The commission gave the Port of St. Helens $2 million to extend…
  • Omni Development negotiating lease to build Hudson Valley Community College's first student housing

    Megan Rogers
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Hudson Valley Community College is negotiating a lease with Omni Development to construct the school's first student housing. Duncan Barrett, chief operating officer at Omni Housing Development, said the company plans to build a 330-bed, $20 million residence hall. Barrett and the Troy school are negotiating a lease for 45 Vandenurgh Place where the residence hall will be constructed. A lease should be finalized by fall. Omni Housing is the residential arm of Albany, New York-based commercial real…
  • CEO of transit startup Bridj unfazed by proposed Cambridge crackdown

    David Harris
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    The data-driven, venture-backed bus startup Bridj might be facing a crackdown on its business from the city of Cambridge, but that doesn't seem to faze its CEO. "It means absolutely nothing," Matthew George, CEO of Cambridge-based startup, said of the city's proposed regulations. "It's a small part of the bureaucracy that for some reason seems to be hellbent on not increasing the transportation options for (residents in the city of Cambridge). It didn't smell quite right to us." According to an…
  • 9News weather: Heavy rain forecast for Denver area (Video)

    Marty Coniglio
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    There's heavy rain in the forecast for Denver and the Front Range Friday. Expect moderate to heavy rain after 2 p.m. Rain will last into the evening, so outdoors sports and activities will be soggy affairs Friday night, and some traffic slowdowns are possible. Total rain around the metro area will be between one half of an inch to up to two inches in a few places. > Click here for more on this forecast from 9News. > And click here for the 9News weather page, with current conditions, detailed…
  • Highmark awards school grants totaling $311,950

    Kris B. Mamula
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    Western Pennsylvania schools have received Highmark Foundation grants totaling $311,950 for programs that start in September with the new school year. The grants range from $5,000 to $10,000 each, and 55 schools received the grants for programming in bully prevention, child injury prevention, healthy eating and fitness and physical and environmental health. The foundation’s Creating a Healthy School Environment program is in its second years, with overall grants totaling $940,000 for programs…
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  • Hawaii is doing better than most states in cancer prevention policy, study says

    Matt Tuohy
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    A new report form the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network says Hawaii’s policy on cancer prevention is improving, but says there’s room for it to grow. The report, titled " How Do You Measure Up?: A progress Report on State Legislative Activity to reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality," shows how states can reduce cancer deaths through passing legislation. Hawaii met six of the 12 criteria the report used to measure every state placing it in the "middle" category along with nine other…
  • Irvine's Reverse Medical gets snatched up by Covidien as Medtronic merger looms

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    As it prepares for a merger with Medtronic Inc., medical device company Covidien has itself acquired a small California-based company to makes products to treat vascular disease. Covidien (NYSE: COV) didn’t say how much it paid for Reverse Medical Corp. in an announcement today, saying only that the business will come under its existing neurovascular product line. Reverse Medical, in Irvine, Calif., is now launching its MVP Micro Vascular Plug System and the UNO Neurovascular Embolization System,…
  • Step closer: Ex-49ers star tackles wearable tech for Parkinson's

    Ron Leuty
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Wearable technology may be all the rage when it comes to tracking your steps, but Jim Kovach believes it can provide some tangible information for Parkinson's disease patients as well. The former president of the Buck Institute for Aging Research in Novato, San Francisco 49ers linebacker and medical doctor is a cofounder of Beneufit Inc., a San Francisco company seeking to use wearable data to coach patients through exercise regimens shown to help Parkinson's patients. Exercise is important for…
  • Workers' comp insurance rates expected to decline

    Brian Bandell
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Workers’ compensation insurance rates could decline in 2015 for the first time in four years. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) proposed a 2.5 percent decline in workers’ comp rates effective Jan. 1. The rate filing said there have been fewer losses and claims. The decrease would vary by industry: 3.2 percent for manufacturing, 2.9 percent for contracting, 2.6 percent for goods and services, 2.4 percent for miscellaneous and 1.3 percent for office and clerical. It’s subject…
  • African-Americans overlooked at Covered California, lawmakers say

    Kathy Robertson
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The board at Covered California got an earful Thursday from two African-American legislators unhappy with what they say was a lack of outreach to the African-American community during the first open enrollment for the new state health benefit exchange. Covered California boosted outreach to Latinos but the “lack of commitment” to African-Americans means this population could owe more than $8 million in penalties to the IRS for failure to buy insurance, Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, a Democrat…
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  • GM unveils Chandler IT center, plans to employ 1,000 at capacity

    Emily Overholt
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    General Motors was a long way from Detroit with the unveiling of its 170,000-square-foot Information Technology Innovation Center in Chandler Friday morning. The center, which has half of its expected 1,000 employees already working, is a score for Chandler and its Price Road Corridor, which already houses Intel Corp. and Microchip Technology Inc. This is the fourth Innovation Center in the country, with other sites in Georgia, Texas and Michigan. "GM is exactly the type of technology employer…
  • 'Structure change' in the works for Louisville Chase operations

    Braden Lammers
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    There has been a lot of chatter about changes in the works in the wealth-management and private-banking segment of JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Louisville operation. I reached a company spokesman, and he didn't do much to clear things up. "We announced yesterday that we are changing the way we are covering some of the market, no different than the framework that’s been in place forever, but it does impact some people on the ground," said Jeffrey Lyttle, senior vice president and head of community engagement…
  • Police probe laptop theft at VC firm Kleiner Perkins

    Sarah Drake
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is drawing a lot of attention today not because of a new venture-funding round. Police are investigating an incident involving the theft of laptops, monitors and a docking station stolen from the firm in July, Bloomberg reported. Tim Brackett, a sergeant with the Menlo Park Police Department, where the firm is based, said the incident happened between July 18 and July 21. In an Aug. 13 letter to New Hampshire's attorney general's office, Kleiner Perkins' General…
  • Share your 'Ice Bucket Challenge' moments

    Leslie Collins
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    The ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" has morphed into a social media craze, and Kansas City has now dived into the icy challenge. We've personally witnessed a number of local CEOs getting drenched, along with their employees, and challenge other companies and bigwigs in the metro. Since taking off in late July, the national challenge has helped raise $41.8 million for ALS research. So, now we're challenging you, our readers, to send us your videos and photos showing Kansas City-area companies and organizations…
  • Manufacturing jobs growing again in Sacramento

    Allen Young
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The Sacramento region has added 2,400 manufacturing jobs during the first seven months of this year, compared to a net loss of 600 jobs during 2013, according to data from the Employment Development Department. The regional gains, which average about 400 jobs each month this year, arrive at a time when overall manufacturing is leaving the state of California, according to EDD data. No company has publicized a large round of openings. But the region is home to more than 1,200 manufacturing companies,…
 
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  • Workers' comp insurance rates expected to decline

    Brian Bandell
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Workers’ compensation insurance rates could decline in 2015 for the first time in four years. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) proposed a 2.5 percent decline in workers’ comp rates effective Jan. 1. The rate filing said there have been fewer losses and claims. The decrease would vary by industry: 3.2 percent for manufacturing, 2.9 percent for contracting, 2.6 percent for goods and services, 2.4 percent for miscellaneous and 1.3 percent for office and clerical. It’s subject…
  • African-Americans overlooked at Covered California, lawmakers say

    Kathy Robertson
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The board at Covered California got an earful Thursday from two African-American legislators unhappy with what they say was a lack of outreach to the African-American community during the first open enrollment for the new state health benefit exchange. Covered California boosted outreach to Latinos but the “lack of commitment” to African-Americans means this population could owe more than $8 million in penalties to the IRS for failure to buy insurance, Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, a Democrat…
  • HHS issues contraception workaround in response to Hobby Lobby ruling

    Kent Hoover
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Closely held companies owned by individuals who object to paying for certain types of contraceptives would be offered the same accommodation regarding Obamacare’s coverage requirements as nonprofit religious organizations under a proposed rule by the Department of Health and Human Services. The proposed rule was issued in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, which held that the federal government can’t compel closely held corporations to provide contraceptive…
  • Covered California fills key executive positions

    Kathy Robertson
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Covered California has promoted operations chief Yolanda Richardson to chief deputy director of strategy, marketing and product development and hired Susannah Johnsrud to take over for Richardson as chief deputy executive director of operations. Johnsrud presented financial information to the board at its June meeting in Sacramento, but her previous job was director of the Financial Information System for California that is integrating financial management for the state. The shift of Richardson…
  • Covered California names sales chief for individual and small business division

    Kathy Robertson
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Covered California has appointed Kirk Whelan to be director of its Individual and Small Business Sales Division and named Amy Palmer director of communications and public relations. This action fills two more spots in the executive ranks as the state health benefit exchange prepares for its second open enrollment period, which starts this fall. Whelan will replace Corky Goodwin, who has served on an interim basis, while Palmer is filling a vacant position. Small business advocates have complained…
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  • Rick Perry: Been indicted, got fingerprinted, got the T-shirt

    Bill Hethcock
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Oh Lord, it must be hard to be humble when you’re Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Even your mugshot looks good enough to slap on a T-shirt. RickPAC, a political action committee that supports Perry, is selling T-shirts with his recently taken mugshot on them. The politician whom iconoclastic journalist Molly Ivins always called "Governor Goodhair" hawked the new wares in a tweet on Friday. The front of the special-edition T-shirt has a mugshot of Perry, looking Rico Suave in a dark suit and a light blue…
  • Judge approves new congressional map, allows election to proceed

    Brandon Larrabee
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    A Leon County judge upheld a second draft of the state's congressional districts in a decision issued Friday, but shelved the new map until after the November elections. The decision marked a major victory for legislative Republicans, who approved the new plan this month after Lewis ruled that their first draft violated the Florida Constitution's ban on political gerrymandering. The GOP had also pushed for the earlier version of the districts, approved in 2012, to remain in place through this year's…
  • Hawaii-based Tiki Shark Art settles copyright infringement case

    Jason Ubay
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Tiki Shark Art Inc., which was recently ranked No. 10 on PBN’s list of Hawaii’s 50 fastest-growing small businesses, has settled its copyright infringement lawsuit against CafePress. The settlement amount was not disclosed. According to the lawsuit suit, filed Oct. 31, Brad Parker, owner of Kailua-Kona-based Tiki Shark Art, claimed his art appeared on beachwear sold on CafePress.com without his permission. Under the terms of the settlement, Tiki Shark Art will dismiss the lawsuit against CafePress…
  • Better Bricks: Deal of the Year winner adds a second key tenant

    Andy Giegerich
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Park Avenue West has enlisted its second key tenant. Washington Trust Bank announced Friday it would move its Oregon regional headquarters onto the under-construction downtown tower's 18th floor when the structure is completed in 2016. Washington Trust joins Stoel Rives, Park Avenue West's anchor tenant, in the 546,000-square-foot building next to the Fox Tower. The building won a Better Bricks Commercial Real Estate Award for TMT Development, the project's developer. Washington Trust will occupy…
  • Kratofil appointed to Jackson County Sports Complex Authority

    James Dornbrook
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed Greg Kratofil Jr. to the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority. Kratofil, a Republican, will replace authority chairman Gerald Winship, an independent whose term expired on July 15. Kratofil is a partner in the Kansas City law firm Polsinelli PC. He is Google’s local counsel for the Google Fiber for Communities Project, and assisted in the negotiations and documentation of naming rights for Livestrong Sporting Park. The authority governs maintenance and…
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  • Oregon splits the difference on Ambre coal grants

    Wendy Culverwell
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    It's been quite a week on Oregon's coal export front. Friday, the Oregon Transportation Commission awarded more than $40 million in Connect Oregon grants to fuel transportation projects. But the awards cut both ways for Ambre Energy's controversial Morrow Pacific Project to export coal mined in the Powder River Basin to South Korea via the Columbia River. The commission OK'd one grant associated with Ambre Energy but rejected a second. The commission gave the Port of St. Helens $2 million to extend…
  • FDOT mulls adding SunRail platform at new downtown Orlando hotel

    Anjali Fluker
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The Florida Department of Transportation is looking at an idea that would make a proposed hotel in downtown Orlando extremely transit-oriented. The city of Orlando appearance review board on Aug. 21 looked at a “courtesy review” request from TSCF Church Street Development LLC — a subsidiary of the Boston-based owner of Church Street Station, Tremont Realty Capital — for plans to build a new 13-story, 205-room Hyatt Place Hotel with a potential SunRail station platform, city documents showed. The…
  • JoCo, WyCo get piece of KDOT's $1.2B highway pie

    Austin Alonzo
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The Kansas Department of Transportation will conduct about $1.2 billion in road and bridge construction projects in fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016, and a decent piece of that amount will end up in Johnson and Wyandotte counties. On Thursday, KDOT announced that it has scheduled about 464 highway projects, 194 bridge and interchange projects worth about $1.2 billion during the next two fiscal years. About 65 percent of the projects are considered preservation work. Here is a breakdown of the big projects…
  • What's in store for your commute next week?

    Braden Lammers
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    A series of restrictions and closures continue for area roads, especially in downtown Louisville, as a result of ongoing work for the Ohio River Bridges Project. Work that may affect drivers this weekend and into next week are as follows: • Two lanes of the Interstate 65 Kennedy Bridge, in both directions, are scheduled to close overnight Monday, Aug. 25, through Thursday, Aug. 28, for work in connection with the downtown crossing. The lanes are expected to close around 9 p.m. and reopen by…
  • Duly Noted: Quinn administration cuts IDOT jobs (Video)

    David A. Arnott
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Gov. Pat Quinn's administration removed 58 employees of the Illinois Department of Transportation from their jobs as part of a response against political patronage. The move toward more transparency was spearheaded by new state Transportation Secretary Erica Borggren after the previous IDOT leader, Ann Schneider, was accused of letting her step-daughter get a job with the agency. -- Chicago Tribune People who fly business class have noticed that there really isn't that much difference between that…
 
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  • Manufacturing jobs growing again in Sacramento

    Allen Young
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The Sacramento region has added 2,400 manufacturing jobs during the first seven months of this year, compared to a net loss of 600 jobs during 2013, according to data from the Employment Development Department. The regional gains, which average about 400 jobs each month this year, arrive at a time when overall manufacturing is leaving the state of California, according to EDD data. No company has publicized a large round of openings. But the region is home to more than 1,200 manufacturing companies,…
  • Sprecher Brewing prepares fire truck for second traveling beer garden at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson

    Denise Lockwood
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Sprecher Brewing Co. will add a second traveling beer garden, which is set to roll in at the Milwaukee Rally at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson, 1280 Blue Ribbon Drive in Oconomowoc, from Aug. 28 through Aug. 31. “We couldn’t ask for a better venue to debut our second traveling beer garden. Harley-Davidson has always been a sign of Milwaukee-based ingenuity; Sprecher Brewery has, too. We’re proud to be affiliated with such a strong local brand,” said Jeff Hamilton, president of Sprecher. A bright…
  • Argos Therapeutics commits to new headquarters in Durham

    Amanda Jones Hoyle
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Argos Therapeutics has reached a deal with a Charlotte real estate developer to build a new headquarters office and manufacturing facility in Durham. Under the terms of the 10-year lease agreement with Charlotte-based The Keith Corp., Argos will lease a 97,500-square-foot building that The Keith Corp. will finance and build on Argo’s behalf, according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Keith Corp., through a subsidiary, has owned an 11-acre site at 1733…
  • Boston-based business incubator group to partner with M-Werc at Energy Innovation Center

    Denise Lockwood
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The Mid-west Energy Research Consortium (M-Werc) has kicked off a partnership with Boston-based Greentown Labs, a consortium of startup companies that develops energy and clean technology products. The hope is that Greentown Labs can share some of its knowledge in how to build a strong incubator ecosystem so that M-Werc can replicate some of its processes as it seeks to help startup companies scale up and help existing manufacturing companies in the energy, power and control industry innovate. M-Werc,…
  • Three New Albany companies expanding existing facilities

    Marty Finley
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Three New Albany companies are planning expansions after city council granted property tax abatements Thursday night for all three projects. Advance Fabricators Inc., Bruce Fox Inc. and L&D Mail Masters Inc. are expanding their existing facilities, creating 55 new jobs. Advance Fabricators will receive an estimated tax savings of $220,902, which includes $198,434 in real property taxes across 10 years and $22,468 in savings across five years on personal property, said Suzanne Ruark, director of…
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  • PBN panel discusses digital strategies for Hawaii businesses, legal risks and Yelp: Slideshow

    Jason Ubay
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    PBN's "Digital Strategies for Business Growth" panel at the Plaza Club in Downtown Honolulu explored changes in social and digital marketing, the legal risks of websites and social media, and using digital tools to go after a younger demographic. Click on the photo for a slideshow. Here are some of the tips the panel shared: Tara Coomans, founder of Akamai Marketing, said that, when thinking about your company’s social media and digital strategy, keep in mind marketing principles. Have a plan,…
  • Teaser promises Quentin Tarantino's ‘The Hateful Eight’ is real

    Annlee Ellingson
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Quentin Tarantino has yet to shoot a frame of film on his next project, and any cast members at this point are just rumors. But a trailer for “The Hateful Eight” is playing on prints of “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” this weekend. Not yet released online—officially, anyway—the teaser starts with black-and-white animation of a snow-swept countryside where, the text says, after the Civil War, eight strangers find themselves stranded in a blizzard. “They soon discovered they shared a…
  • Warren Smith: Landing Major League Soccer would be good for business

    Ben van der Meer
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Bringing Major League Soccer to Sacramento would mean more than just adding another top-tier team, Sacramento Republic FC soccer club president Warren Smith said Friday. The club would help companies attract talented workers, Smith said at a Sacramento Press Club luncheon. “If we have that asset, I happen to think it adds to the vibrancy and helps makes us competitive.” Smith will host an Major League Soccer delegation next month that will consider whether Sacramento deserves an expansion franchise.…
  • Three New Albany companies expanding existing facilities

    Marty Finley
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Three New Albany companies are planning expansions after city council granted property tax abatements Thursday night for all three projects. Advance Fabricators Inc., Bruce Fox Inc. and L&D Mail Masters Inc. are expanding their existing facilities, creating 55 new jobs. Advance Fabricators will receive an estimated tax savings of $220,902, which includes $198,434 in real property taxes across 10 years and $22,468 in savings across five years on personal property, said Suzanne Ruark, director of…
  • Flick picks: Novelty has faded in ‘A Dame to Kill For,’ but it’s alive and well in ‘The One I Love’

    Annlee Ellingson
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    In the nine years since “Sin City” pioneered a comic-book aesthetic on the big screen, graphic novelist Frank Miller is on his way toward establishing a genre unto himself, staging big, bloody action against a greenscreen. But with Miller’s “300” and its sequel “Rise of an Empire” also on the market, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” doesn’t feel novel anymore, and the spectacle of a black-and-white cartoon world soon wears off, leaving a dark, noir tone that’s relentlessly hard-boiled.…
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  • GM unveils Chandler IT center, plans to employ 1,000 at capacity

    Emily Overholt
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    General Motors was a long way from Detroit with the unveiling of its 170,000-square-foot Information Technology Innovation Center in Chandler Friday morning. The center, which has half of its expected 1,000 employees already working, is a score for Chandler and its Price Road Corridor, which already houses Intel Corp. and Microchip Technology Inc. This is the fourth Innovation Center in the country, with other sites in Georgia, Texas and Michigan. "GM is exactly the type of technology employer…
  • Dallas' Gaedeke Group to invest $3.8M in Oak Lawn Plaza redo

    Candace Carlisle
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Dallas-based real estate investment firm Gaedeke Group LLC plans to bankroll a major renovation for Oak Lawn Plaza, an office building located in the high-trafficked entry to the Dallas North Tollway from the city's urban core. The firm is one of a number of investment groups banking on the city's rising real estate values and putting money into their own office properties. Other office buildings, such as Thanksgiving Tower, Bank of America Plaza and 2100 Ross, are in the midst of multimillion…
  • Better Bricks: Deal of the Year winner adds a second key tenant

    Andy Giegerich
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Park Avenue West has enlisted its second key tenant. Washington Trust Bank announced Friday it would move its Oregon regional headquarters onto the under-construction downtown tower's 18th floor when the structure is completed in 2016. Washington Trust joins Stoel Rives, Park Avenue West's anchor tenant, in the 546,000-square-foot building next to the Fox Tower. The building won a Better Bricks Commercial Real Estate Award for TMT Development, the project's developer. Washington Trust will occupy…
  • Minneapolis hotel developer stakes claim in big Redmond project

    Marc Stiles
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    A Minneapolis company called CSM is the latest real estate developer to jump on the "let's build a hotel in the Puget Sound region" bandwagon. According to public records, CSM this week paid Capstone Partners $7.8 million for nearly one-and-three-quarter acres in Capstone's Esterra Park project, a 28-acre mixed-use development in Redmond near Microsoft's campus. CSM will build a hotel on the Esterra Park's northwest corner next to a future light-rail stop, Capstone Principal Mike Hubbard said Friday.…
  • Better Bricks: A touching tribute from the Bill Naito Co.

    Wendy Culverwell
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Renovating a historic building in the middle of downtown is a messy, noisy business. So when The Bill Naito Co. initiated a $20-plus million renovation of The Galleria, 921 S.W. Morrison in 2012, to accommodate CityTarget, there were bound to be complaints about noise, traffic and parking. Boy were there, says CEO Bill Barendrick, CEO. Guests at the Governor Hotel (now the Sentinel) weren't happy to be awakened by construction noise. Nearby residents complained as did businesses. Barendrick jokes…
 
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  • Hawaii-based Tiki Shark Art settles copyright infringement case

    Jason Ubay
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Tiki Shark Art Inc., which was recently ranked No. 10 on PBN’s list of Hawaii’s 50 fastest-growing small businesses, has settled its copyright infringement lawsuit against CafePress. The settlement amount was not disclosed. According to the lawsuit suit, filed Oct. 31, Brad Parker, owner of Kailua-Kona-based Tiki Shark Art, claimed his art appeared on beachwear sold on CafePress.com without his permission. Under the terms of the settlement, Tiki Shark Art will dismiss the lawsuit against CafePress…
  • Sprecher Brewing prepares fire truck for second traveling beer garden at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson

    Denise Lockwood
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Sprecher Brewing Co. will add a second traveling beer garden, which is set to roll in at the Milwaukee Rally at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson, 1280 Blue Ribbon Drive in Oconomowoc, from Aug. 28 through Aug. 31. “We couldn’t ask for a better venue to debut our second traveling beer garden. Harley-Davidson has always been a sign of Milwaukee-based ingenuity; Sprecher Brewery has, too. We’re proud to be affiliated with such a strong local brand,” said Jeff Hamilton, president of Sprecher. A bright…
  • Costco will expand its online presence, but don’t expect next-day delivery

    Rachel Lerman
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Retailers are rushing like mad to move their businesses online, expand their digital presence and provide every online convenience to customers that they can. But not Costco. The company, though it does have a small online presence, is not making the same kind of digital push other retailers are, nor is it much interested in doing so. “We do recognize that we have to be both brick-and-mortar and online, and we have a very profitable $3 billion business online,” Costco CFO Richard Galanti said.…
  • Better Bricks: A touching tribute from the Bill Naito Co.

    Wendy Culverwell
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Renovating a historic building in the middle of downtown is a messy, noisy business. So when The Bill Naito Co. initiated a $20-plus million renovation of The Galleria, 921 S.W. Morrison in 2012, to accommodate CityTarget, there were bound to be complaints about noise, traffic and parking. Boy were there, says CEO Bill Barendrick, CEO. Guests at the Governor Hotel (now the Sentinel) weren't happy to be awakened by construction noise. Nearby residents complained as did businesses. Barendrick jokes…
  • HHS issues contraception workaround in response to Hobby Lobby ruling

    Kent Hoover
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Closely held companies owned by individuals who object to paying for certain types of contraceptives would be offered the same accommodation regarding Obamacare’s coverage requirements as nonprofit religious organizations under a proposed rule by the Department of Health and Human Services. The proposed rule was issued in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, which held that the federal government can’t compel closely held corporations to provide contraceptive…
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  • Coca-Cola Field to get new seats

    James Fink
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    For the first time since Coca-Cola Field opened 26 years ago, a large section of seats in the downtown ballpark will be replaced this off-season. Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo Bisons officials confirmed approximately 3,700 seats in the lower bowl — roughly dug out to dug out — will be replaced, with newer and wider seats. Gone will be the now-faded and well-worn red seats that were installed just before the ballpark opened in 1988. The new seats will be green in color. Work will begin shortly…
  • Step closer: Ex-49ers star tackles wearable tech for Parkinson's

    Ron Leuty
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Wearable technology may be all the rage when it comes to tracking your steps, but Jim Kovach believes it can provide some tangible information for Parkinson's disease patients as well. The former president of the Buck Institute for Aging Research in Novato, San Francisco 49ers linebacker and medical doctor is a cofounder of Beneufit Inc., a San Francisco company seeking to use wearable data to coach patients through exercise regimens shown to help Parkinson's patients. Exercise is important for…
  • Boeing CEO Ray Conner takes Ice Bucket Challenge at Boeing Classic

    Rachel Lerman
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    It's not just Seattle tech leaders who are taking an icy plunge to benefit the ALS Association. Boeing CEO Ray Conner took part in the challenge Thursday at Snoqualmie Ridge while preparing for the Boeing Classic golf tournament. Conner was challenged by EVA Air Chairman K.W. Chang. He challenged CEO of Southwest Airlines Gary Kelly, Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson and CEO of GE Aviation David Joyce. "It's perfect, beautiful," Conner said as water poured over his head. The ALS Association has raised…
  • Kratofil appointed to Jackson County Sports Complex Authority

    James Dornbrook
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed Greg Kratofil Jr. to the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority. Kratofil, a Republican, will replace authority chairman Gerald Winship, an independent whose term expired on July 15. Kratofil is a partner in the Kansas City law firm Polsinelli PC. He is Google’s local counsel for the Google Fiber for Communities Project, and assisted in the negotiations and documentation of naming rights for Livestrong Sporting Park. The authority governs maintenance and…
  • Details of Oakland’s Coliseum City project outlined in environmental study

    Eric Young
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    For the first time, many of the details of Oakland’s massive proposed $2 billion Coliseum City project are available today. The environmental impact document gives estimates of the size of the planned sports and entertainment district, residential neighborhood, retail and hotels. The project covers approximately 800 acres, bounded by 66th Avenue, San Leandro Street, Hegenberger Road and San Leandro Bay and the airport. Coliseum City, which would run between downtown Oakland and the Oakland International…
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  • University of Hawaii at Manoa to offer new degrees in astrophysics and astronomy

    Matt Tuohy
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has approved two new degree programs at UH Manoa to accommodate aspiring astrophysicists and astronomers. The board on Thursday approved several new items including the a bachelor of science degree in astrophysics and a bachelor of arts degree in astronomy in the physics and astronomy department and the Institute for Astronomy. The new degrees include introductory, intermediate and advanced astronomy courses and research tutorials with leading scientists…
  • GM unveils Chandler IT center, plans to employ 1,000 at capacity

    Emily Overholt
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    General Motors was a long way from Detroit with the unveiling of its 170,000-square-foot Information Technology Innovation Center in Chandler Friday morning. The center, which has half of its expected 1,000 employees already working, is a score for Chandler and its Price Road Corridor, which already houses Intel Corp. and Microchip Technology Inc. This is the fourth Innovation Center in the country, with other sites in Georgia, Texas and Michigan. "GM is exactly the type of technology employer…
  • Hawaii-based Tiki Shark Art settles copyright infringement case

    Jason Ubay
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Tiki Shark Art Inc., which was recently ranked No. 10 on PBN’s list of Hawaii’s 50 fastest-growing small businesses, has settled its copyright infringement lawsuit against CafePress. The settlement amount was not disclosed. According to the lawsuit suit, filed Oct. 31, Brad Parker, owner of Kailua-Kona-based Tiki Shark Art, claimed his art appeared on beachwear sold on CafePress.com without his permission. Under the terms of the settlement, Tiki Shark Art will dismiss the lawsuit against CafePress…
  • UHERO data portal helps inform the public about Hawaii's economy

    Matt Tuohy
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    The University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization's online data portal is a one-stop shop for anyone in the Hawaii community who needs to make a decision driven by current data, in terms anyone can understand. The data portal can be found on UHERO’s website, and lists current statistics, graphs, charts and forecasts for several industries in the state, including tourism, construction and agriculture. The information is gathered from various sources around the state, and processed into the…
  • Police probe laptop theft at VC firm Kleiner Perkins

    Sarah Drake
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is drawing a lot of attention today not because of a new venture-funding round. Police are investigating an incident involving the theft of laptops, monitors and a docking station stolen from the firm in July, Bloomberg reported. Tim Brackett, a sergeant with the Menlo Park Police Department, where the firm is based, said the incident happened between July 18 and July 21. In an Aug. 13 letter to New Hampshire's attorney general's office, Kleiner Perkins' General…
 
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  • HLTA launches Women in Lodging and Tourism group for Hawaii hotel execs

    Jason Ubay
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    The Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association officially launched the Women in Lodging and Tourism – Hawaii chapter at an event this week at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. The new group provides a network for women hospitality professionals for education and mentorship. Discussions to start an association started at an HLTA meeting in May. Julie Arigo, WIL-Hawaii chapter chair and general manager of Waikiki Parc Hotel, said the organization hoped to sign up 100 members, but as of Thursday, WIL-Hawaii had…
  • Hawaii concerts by Japanese boy band Arashi to be shown live in Japan

    Duane Shimogawa
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Concerts next month featuring the Japanese boy band Arashi performing at the Ko Olina Resort in West Oahu will be beamed live to Japan, and the shows had been originally scheduled for another venue with tickets part of a tour package offered in Asia, primarily Japan, according to a letter to Ko Olina residents obtained by PBN. State officials, according to the letter, believe that the " Arashi Blast in Hawaii" will raise the profile of Ko Olina Resort, and Hawaii, in Asia, especially with the 18…
  • Seattle opens the door to Chinese tourists

    Rob Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Chinese tourists who visit Seattle’s El Gaucho steakhouse will soon have the option of ordering off menus printed in Mandarin Chinese. The restaurant is also recruiting Mandarin speaking servers and/or hostesses. “We’re going to see an explosion (of Chinese tourists) over the next few years,” said El Gaucho CEO Chad Mackay. He should know. Mackay is the former chairman of the Visit Seattle board of directors and now serves as chair of the finance committee. As we reported in this week’s…
  • Northwest business destiny sails through China

    Steven Goldsmith
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    China’s red-hot economic growth has been slowing, but that doesn’t mean companies in the Puget Sound area can ignore the world’s most populous country. As the (subscribers only) points out, China is projected to soon overtake Japan as Washington state’s No. 1 source of overseas tourists. But as tourism grows, investment from China in Washington companies has not kept pace. The PSBJ's Steve Wilhelm recently reported that Washington has attracted only 31 direct investments from China,…
  • Loudoun hopes to double attendance at this year’s Epicurience festival

    Rebecca Cooper
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Attendees at last year’s first Epicurience Virginia festival in Loudoun County had a great time, they said in surveys afterward, but some of the event’s vendors wished there had been a few more of them. The festival celebrating the culinary and wine offerings of Loudoun County and the rest of the commonwealth returns this year, and Loudoun tourism officials hope to increase the attendance at the grand tasting event in Leesburg’s Morven Park Aug. 30. Epicurience runs Aug. 29-31. “In an…
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  • VIDEO: Here's the unveiling of the Pittsburgh 100 winners Thursday night (Video)

    Paul J. Gough
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    Pittsburgh Business Times Publisher Alan Robertson announces the top 10 fastest-growing private companies in western Pennsylvania during a ceremony Thursday night at the Duquesne Club in downtown Pittsburgh.
  • North Carolina craft brewers to brew statewide collaboration beer

    Dawn Kurry
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    North Carolina craft brewers will collaborate on a beer project using North Carolina ingredients. With 17 participating breweries from all over North Carolina, brewers will gather in Hillsborough at Mystery Brewing Public House on Saturday to celebrate the collaboration. Collaborating brewers come from Bull City Burger and Brewery, Carolina Brewery, Carolina Brewing Co., Compass Rose Brewing Co., Deep River Brewing Co., Double Barley Brewing Co., Gizmo Brew Works, Lonerider Brewing Co, Mystery…
  • Finding a good location for your small business takes work

    Ann Hennessey
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    When first-time business owner Stacie Paulson learned her La Posh Salon and Spa had earned a coveted space in a major Elk Grove retail hub, she knew she should have been ecstatic. Instead, a nagging feeling kept her awake all night. “It totally scared me, and I thought, ‘It’s not supposed to scare me. This is not right,’ ” Paulson recalled. “I prayed, prayed, prayed all night.” The problem: Although high-profile, the location lacked the nearby parking that Paulson had identified in…
  • Interactive wellness born of entrepreneur challenge

    John George
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Vance Souders is a risk-taker, to say the least. Earlier this year Souders decided to attend Philadelphia’s Hackfit, a weekend-long competition where entrepreneurs create fitness technologies while performing sometimes-daunting exercise challenges. Not only did Souders make it through the weekend, he also is out running with the idea — Plas.md — he pitched while he was there. Plas.md transforms physical spaces, such as office buildings, into interactive wellness experiences designed to be…
  • People who like cake sure to like her bakery

    Bea Quirk
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tiz Benson has been making life sweet for Charlotteans since she opened her commercial bakery, Tizzerts (rhymes with “desserts”), in 1995. Benson, 52, is a fourth-generation Charlottean who attributes her love of food to her mother, Natalie Faison, who was a great baker and cook. Her dad “was a great eater,” she quips. After graduating from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Benson was a nanny for a family that spent a lot of time in France. She stayed there for a year to take culinary classes…
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  • Omni Development negotiating lease to build Hudson Valley Community College's first student housing

    Megan Rogers
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Hudson Valley Community College is negotiating a lease with Omni Development to construct the school's first student housing. Duncan Barrett, chief operating officer at Omni Housing Development, said the company plans to build a 330-bed, $20 million residence hall. Barrett and the Troy school are negotiating a lease for 45 Vandenurgh Place where the residence hall will be constructed. A lease should be finalized by fall. Omni Housing is the residential arm of Albany, New York-based commercial real…
  • Beer tasting and Mexican restaurant on tap for growing restaurant management group

    Megan Rogers
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    The owners of four Madison Avenue restaurants and bars are will expand their portfolio, by opening two more locations in Albany, New York, within the next five months. Brian Viglucci, one of three partners at BM&T Management Group, says a 60-seat beer tasting room, called the Beer Belly, will open at the end of September at 281 New Scotland Ave. The Beer Belly's focus is craft beer and includes a food menu for beer-pairing, as well as a retail space. Joe Hinners will be the general manager at the…
  • Insurance units a lift to First Niagara, M&T

    Allissa Kline
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    The top two banks in Western New York earned a combined $112 million last year in insurance brokerage fee income, according to Insurance Journal East magazine. First Niagara Bank's earnings of $72.6 million put the Buffalo-headquartered bank in the No. 6 spot among banks in the United States that operate insurance subsidiaries. M&T Bank follows in the No. 10 spot with insurance brokerage fee profits of $40.1 million. The two banks appear in the Aug. 4 issue of Insurance Journal, which also ranks…
  • Halfmoon home builder faces charges tied to campaign finance law allegations

    David Robinson
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Bruce Tanski, a developer in Clifton Park and Halfmoon, New York, faces several charges, including a felony, in connection with allegations he violated campaign finance laws. Tanski was indicted Friday along with Katina Fogarty, of Latham, and Nicholas DiNova, Jr., of Halfmoon, for their roles in an alleged scheme to circumvent campaign finance laws, according to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Tanski is owner of Bruce Tanski Construction and Development. He has been connected with several…
  • Albany area colleges partner on startup series

    Megan Rogers
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Colleges in the Albany, New York area are partnering on a startup series for the upcoming academic year. The series begins with a kickoff event at Albany Law School on September 10. Matt Ammerman, co-founder and vice president of client services at software developer Apprenda Inc., will be a guest speaker. The first seminar, on legal issues related to startups, will be held at Albany Law School on September 13. The event will cover intellectual property and early-stage capital funding issues. …
 
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  • Seamless Medical Systems readies launch of pharmacy software

    Dan Mayfield
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Digital check-in at doctors’ offices is becoming an important market, and Santa Fe’s Seamless Medical Systems is on the forefront. On Monday, the company plans to release its first version of software for use in pharmacies, called SNAP Express RX. It uses an iPad to replace paper forms and is designed to track vaccines, immunizations, medical therapy management and more at pharmacies. Though Seamless is working to launch SNAP Express RX, several doctors and clinics are snapping up its SNAP…
  • Santa Fe company behind popular Hollywood website preps for Monday night

    Dan Mayfield
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    For the second year, web design firm Dsire of Santa Fe will be behind the scenes at the Television Academy’s Emmy Awards, which will be broadcast on Monday night. Many people don’t just watch the annual TV awards celebration; they click on the Academy’s site and check out their favorite winners. They want to see how many Emmys the crew from “Breaking Bad” wins and score that against their favorite “True Detective” winners. And Dickon Sire will be ready for all of it. His company…
  • Half of all New Mexicans now on Medicaid and Medicare

    Dennis Domrzalski
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Since October, 155,000 New Mexico residents have joined the state’s Medicaid rolls, pushing total enrollment to more than 630,000, or nearly a third of the state’s population. On top of that, 410,000 New Mexicans are enrolled in Medicare, the federal health care program for the elderly. Together, total enrollment in those two federal programs are more than 1 million, or half of the state’s 2.1 million population. Medicaid is the joint state-federal program for children from low-income families…
  • NMHIX may follow Idaho exchange model and assess fee on insurers

    Dennis Domrzalski
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    As the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange works to determine how it should fund itself and become self-sustaining, it might take a lesson from the Idaho insurance exchange. Both online marketplaces started around the same time in the spring of 2013, and both have to wean themselves from federal grants by Jan. 1, 2016. But Idaho is ahead of the game and has already implemented a plan for self-sufficiency. At the beginning of the year, Your Health Idaho began imposing a 1.5 percent assessment…
  • The list: advertising agencies

    Brandon J. Call
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    Boasting a portfolio of local clients such as Dion’s, Calibers and the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, McKee Wallwork + Co. tops The List of advertising agencies in New Mexico. Founded in 1997 by namesakes Steve McKee and Pat Wallwork, the firm is also the mastermind behind the popular French Funerals and Cremations’ “YODO” campaign­ — standing for “you only die once” — a clever take on the expression “YOLO,” or “you only live once.” Other billboards from the…
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  • King has overseen dramatic gains at the Zoo

    H.M. Cauley
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    If you’ve watched the giraffes having dinner or the carnivores cavorting, chances are you’ve been at Zoo Atlanta recently. Those are just two of the programs put in place since Raymond King took over as the organization’s CEO four years ago. “Attendance had plateaued at a level that didn’t make for a sustainable institution, and costs had already been cut into the bone,” King said. “Changes had to be about driving revenue and generating excitement about the zoo, which we were able…
  • Atlanta’s Most Admired CEOs (SLIDESHOW)

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    Atlanta Business Chronicle on Friday honored Atlanta’s most admired CEOs -- executives who are established leaders with a strong record of innovation in their field, outstanding financial performance, a commitment to quality, a strong vision and a commitment to diversity. On the right, check out our slideshow of the sold-out event at Cobb Energy Centre. Click on the names of the winners for Q&As with each: Larry Gellerstedt of Cousins Properties Inc. Mark Becker of Georgia State University Bill…
  • Community & Southern Holdings buys Alliance Bancshares

    Phil W. Hudson
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Community & Southern Holdings Inc. completed its acquisition of Alliance Bancshares Inc. and its Alliance National Bank subsidiary. The Atlanta-based bank said prior to the merger, Alliance National Bank reported $157 million in total assets, $92 million of loans and $130 million in deposits. It operated two banking offices in Dalton and Cumming, Ga. C&S Holdings paid $13.60 a share in cash for all outstanding shares of Alliance. “This acquisition has positioned CSB as the largest community…
  • Jim Hannan is a tall tree in a forest of CEOs

    H.M. Cauley
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Jim Hannan’s career has had an interesting trajectory, starting off in public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand and leading into his current position as president and CEO of Georgia-Pacific, the company best known for pulp, paper and building products. Hannan’s first move into the manufacturing realm came in 1998 when he began working with Koch Industries Inc. as chief financial officer for its mineral services unit. He joined Georgia-Pacific in 2005, when it was acquired by Koch, and two years…
  • NICB: Georgia car thieves love the Honda Accord

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    If you still drive a 1996 Honda Accord in Georgia, you’re a moving target. The National Insurance Crime Bureau released its annual, “Hot Wheels” report which identifies the most stolen vehicles in the United States. Most stolen vehicles in Georgia in 2013: 1996 Honda Accord 1999 Chevrolet pickup (full size) 2005 Ford pickup (full size) 2000 Dodge Caravan 2000 Honda Civic 1998 Jeep Cherokee 2005 Chevrolet Impala 2003 Dodge pickup (full size) 1999 Toyota Camry 2002 Ford Explorer Full report…
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  • Rick Perry's legal team to ask judge to dismiss charges against governor

    Bill Hethcock
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Rick Perry’s lawyers will ask a judge to dismiss criminal charges against the Texas governor, citing his constitutional veto authority and his First Amendment right to speak his mind. The judge presiding over the case gave Austin attorney David Botsford a week to file the motion to dismiss the case, according to the Associated Press. Perry skipped his arraignment Friday morning. His lawyers have entered a plea of not guilty to the two felony charges he faces — abuse of official capacity and…
  • Seton executive Barnett announces retirement from board position

    Chad Swiatecki
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Charles Barnett will retire from his position as executive board chair of Seton Healthcare Family in February after two decades with the health care system. Barnet served as CEO of Seton Healthcare Family from 1993-2012 and briefly served as president of health care operations and chief operating officer of Ascension Health, Seton’s parent company. Before Barnett’s arrival, Seton provided $7 million worth of charity care annually in the area, compared to the $340 million it provided in 2013.…
  • RetailMeNot and investors deal with changes at Google

    Christopher Calnan
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    Is RetailMeNot Inc. the biggest loser? The Austin-based seller of digital coupons has been thrown into a tizzy and a financial tailspin by Google Inc.’s change in how it calculates the use of such coupons. Google updated its Panda algorithm in May and RetailMeNot’s (Nasdaq: SALE) online coupon traffic reportedly declined more than 30 percent. Several online businesses have been affected by the algorithm change. It's unclear how things will shake out for RetailMeNot, whose shares dropped sharply…
  • MetroRapid expands North-South Austin bus service this weekend

    Michael Theis
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Austinites looking to ditch the car for mass transit have another option opening up Sunday as Capital Metro's MetroRapid Route 803 begins service. The new route, which starts on Aug. 24, will run from The Domain in the north to the WestGate Shopping Center in the south by way of Burnet Road, Lamar Boulevard and the Lamar-Guadalupe streets' busways. A one-way fare costs $1.50. The new MetroRapid service features elements similar to those found in Bus Rapid Transit systems around the world, like…
  • Exclusive: COTA partners with Transmission Events, ACL Live for F1 Fan Fest

    Chad Swiatecki
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    The Circuit of The Americas has partnered with Austin-based Transmission Events and ACL Live to produce this year’s downtown Fan Fest as part of the festivities during the United States Grand Prix weekend, Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Transmission Events, which promotes the popular Fun Fun Fun Fest at Auditorium Shores and books concerts at clubs throughout the city, will program music and other family events at four stages in a 10 city-block area as well as at ACL Live…
 
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  • Latin Palace gets liquor license suspension for second time this summer

    Sarah Meehan
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The Latin Palace has received another two-month liquor license suspension after it was found guilty of two license violations Thursday by the Board of Liquor License Commissioners. The Fells Point club’s liquor license was already suspended from July 31 to Sept. 28 on separate charges earlier this summer, and the new violations will not extend that sentence. The new two-month sentence, which the bar received for making unauthorized alterations to the building, will be served concurrently. Rarely…
  • Don Fry: Here's why voters should support a constitutional amendment to ban transportation fund raids

    Rick Seltzer
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    Greater Baltimore Committee President Donald C. Fry wants to make it harder for state legislators to raid transportation funds — and he wants voters' help. Fry is backing a state constitutional amendment set to appear on ballots Nov. 4. that would establish a lockbox of sorts for Maryland's Transportation Trust Fund. If ratified by voters, the amendment would keep the state from shifting money out of the trust fund unless it was going toward local governments for highway use or to the Maryland…
  • Maryland rejects CareFirst's proposed steep rate hikes

    Rick Seltzer
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    The state of Maryland has taken a huge chunk out of sharp premium hikes proposed earlier this year by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. CareFirst will only be able to raise rates for 2015 individual health insurance plans by averages of between 9.8 percent and 16.2 percent, the Maryland Insurance Administration said Friday. CareFirst, the region's dominant insurer, had requested rate hikes ranging between 22.8 percent and 30.2 percent. The insurance administration released premium rates approved…
  • Metro Centre in Owings Mills signs its first full-service restaurant tenant

    Kevin Litten
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    Eggspectation has signed a 5,600-square-foot lease at David S. Brown Enterprises Ltd.'s Metro Centre development in Owings Mills. It is the first major retail signing for what's being envisioned as a sprawling mixed-use development that eventually will include 1.2 million square feet of office space and 200,000 square feet of retail. David S. Brown Chairman Howard Brown called the lease signing "a game-changer" in a statement, saying the restaurant brings "a proven formula and track record of success…
  • Here's your chance to buy a food truck. Egg & Cheese Yo is on the market

    Sarah Meehan
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    Baltimore’s breakfast truck is on the market. Egg & Cheese Yo, a food truck that hit the roads in April, is for sale for $39,000. Ross Nochumowitz, who co-owns the 7-foot-by-16-foot trailer, said he’s selling because he wasn’t able to spend as much time working on the truck as he planned. He works in real estate and his business partner also has another job. He said it was tough getting the truck on the road as often as it should have been — six days a week — especially because the truck…
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  • BB&T cuts jobs, but Birmingham spared

    Antrenise Cole
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    BB&T cut an undisclosed number of employees this week in multiple areas of its operations, the bank confirmed. While the bank would not identify the specific locations, David White, vice president of corporate communications at BB&T, said none of the reductions are in the Birmingham area, and noted that the bank has open positions in Alabama. “In response to a challenging economy and competitive environment, BB&T is restructuring and, in some cases, consolidating positions in several areas of…
  • Gov. Bentley announces creation of Alabama Drone Task Force

    Ryan Phillips
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Gov. Robert Bentley announced the launch of the Alabama Drone Task Force on Friday, which is being created to review the requirements that would further the state’s use of drones. The task force is made up of five members, according to a release from Gov. Bentley’s office. The members include: Agriculture and Industries Commissioner John McMillian, who will serve as chair, Transportation Director John Cooper, Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner Gunter Guy, Alabama Law Enforcement…
  • What’s it cost to raise a child in Birmingham?

    Antrenise Cole
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Parents who are raising a child in Birmingham can spend $227,010 raising a child from birth to age 18, according to a new study by NerdWallet. That’s less expensive than the national average and some other cities in the state, NerdWallet showed. Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new report that said a middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend about $245,340 for food, housing, childcare and education and other child-rearing expenses up to…
  • New institute coming to Samford's Cumberland School of Law

    Alan Alexander
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    Samford University's Cumberland School of Law will be collaborating with Nashville-based tech company cicayda to form a new institute that will forward legal education and provide resources for local law firms. The eDiscovey Institute and Review Center will combine a new on-campus facility within the Lucille Beeson Law Library with cicayda's software that provides services that include metrics, reports and defensibility documentation. There will also be a project management team that can customize…
  • Two Alabama banks remain under TARP

    Antrenise Cole
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Only two publicly traded banks in Alabama had outstanding investments in the federal government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program as of Aug. 11, based on data compiled by SNL Financial. The two banks - Atmore-based United BanCorp. of Alabama Inc. and Sylacauga-based SouthFirst Bancshares Inc. - still owe the U.S. Department of the Treasury $13.2 million. The $492.3 million-asset United BanCorp. of Alabama has $10.3 million TARP outstanding, and SouthFirst Bancshares has $2.9 million in TARP outstanding.…
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  • MIT researchers develop algorithm that can help drones help themselves

    David Harris
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Last year, Amazon's Jeff Bezos said the giant online retailer would one day deliver goods via drones. To many, Bezos' announcement was a PR tactic, but Amazon's tactics are turning into an actual business plan with actual hires. Cue researchers from MIT, who might soon help Amazon and other retailers makes long deliveries via drones without any hiccups. According to MIT, researchers have developed a two-pronged approach that can allow drones to do two things: monitor their own "health" in real…
  • State officials report the first case of West Nile virus in 2014

    Jessica Bartlett
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced today that a Middlesex County man has the first reported human case of the West Nile virus in the state this year. The man was diagnosed at the Hinton State Laboratory institute. The patient, who is in his 60s, remains hospitalized but is recovering, state officials said. In 2013, eight cases of West Nile virus were detected in Massachusetts residents.
  • Lighting company Osram Sylvania will move HQ from Danvers to Wilmington

    Sara Castellanos
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Lighting company Osram Sylvania will move its regional headquarters from Danvers to Wilmington next summer. The company's current headquarters are at 100 Endicott St. in Danvers, where the company is working out of 155,000 square feet. The new regional headquarters will be 125,000 square feet at 200 Ballardvale St. in Wilmington. The new location will "present enormous opportunity for the lighting leader to design the positive changes required to support the needs of the business within the transforming…
  • Neighborhood Health Plan, Partners doles out $6 million in third round of grant funding

    Jessica Bartlett
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    Insurer Neighborhood Health Plan and parent company Partners HealthCare may have had a difficult financial quarter, but that hasn’t stopped the team from funding the third round of a 15-year, $90 million community health center grant commitment. The Partnership for Community Health initiative, funded by Partners and Neighborhood Health with guidance from the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, recently funded $6 million in grants to 35 community health centers throughout Massachusetts. The…
  • The Brayton Point power plant is being sold again, but new owner will still shut it down

    Jon Chesto
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    Brayton Point is getting a new owner, but it still won’t be saved from the wrecking ball. The massive coal-fired power plant on the South Coast will be acquired by Houston’s Dynegy Inc. in a $3.45 billion deal for EquiPower Resources Corp.’s plants, a group that includes Brayton in Somerset and four others in New England. Dynegy, which reportedly had been interested in buying Brayton and two sister plants when they were on the market in 2013, is also paying $2.8 billion to buy a group of plants…
 
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  • Coca-Cola Field to get new seats

    James Fink
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    For the first time since Coca-Cola Field opened 26 years ago, a large section of seats in the downtown ballpark will be replaced this off-season. Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo Bisons officials confirmed approximately 3,700 seats in the lower bowl — roughly dug out to dug out — will be replaced, with newer and wider seats. Gone will be the now-faded and well-worn red seats that were installed just before the ballpark opened in 1988. The new seats will be green in color. Work will begin shortly…
  • Women’s Bar lauds members, officers

    Michael Petro
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The Women’s Bar Association of Western New York welcomed new officers and directors and presented its annual awards while recognizing the strides made by this local chapter of the state association. Women and their supporters continue to reach new heights in the legal field, the group said. Among those honored Aug. 19 was the Hon. Elizabeth Wolford, who eight months ago became the first female federal judge in Western New York. Two other chapter members are set to follow, President Laura Linneball…
  • Insurance units a lift to First Niagara, M&T

    Allissa Kline
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    The top two banks in Western New York earned a combined $112 million last year in insurance brokerage fee income, according to Insurance Journal East magazine. First Niagara Bank’s earnings of $72.6 million put the Buffalo-headquartered bank in the No. 6 spot among banks in the United States that operate insurance subsidiaries. M&T Bank follows in the No. 10 spot with insurance brokerage fee profits of $40.1 million. The two banks appear in the Aug. 4 issue of Insurance Journal, which also ranks…
  • Mineo & Sapio rolls out food truck

    James Fink
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Mineo & Sapio is joining the food truck revolution bringing its signature sausages and other products to an office park or street location near you. Mike Pierro III, son of Mineo & Sapio owner Mike Pierro Jr., said his food truck “Mineo & Sapio Street Eats” will debut on Aug. 25 somewhere on its native lower West Side home turf near D’Youville College. Pierro said he hopes to land a location where Connecticut and West streets intersect. The next day, the truck will be parked along Holtz Road…
  • Ireland Law Society makes Buffalo visit

    Michael Petro
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    The president of the Law Society of Ireland came to town Aug. 12 to share ideas with legal professionals and discuss issues that affect lawyers on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. John Shaw made several stops during his visit in an effort to build relationships here. He drew comparisons between the U.S. and Irish legal communities, saying their similarities include concerns about equal rights and attorney ethics. Among the places he visited were the Robert H. Jackson U.S. Courthouse in downtown…
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  • City Council to take up Charlotte Hornets' arena talks on Monday

    Erik Spanberg
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    As promised, the city of Charlotte plans to move fast when it comes to deciding whether and how much to invest in upgrades at the NBA arena uptown. Last week, the Charlotte Hornets, the local sports foundation and other boosters staged a press conference before taking a bid for the NBA All-Star Game to the league's headquarters in New York. At the time, Ron Kimble, deputy city manager, said he expected City Council members to hear his presentation and recommendation on arena renovations within…
  • Is Family Dollar open to talks with Dollar General?

    Jennifer Thomas
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    Family Dollar Stores Inc. (NYSE:FDO) may not be ruling out Dollar General Corp.’s $9.7 billion offer after all. A Bloomberg report Friday says the Matthews-based discount retailer would be willing to consider that proposal if Dollar General (NYSE:DG) “agrees to sell as many stores as regulators require.” On Thursday, Family Dollar’s board unanimously rejected Dollar General’s all-cash offer valued at $78.50 per share, citing concerns with antitrust issues. Dollar General has agreed…
  • Smokestacks fall at Duke Energy’s closed Cape Fear Plant (VIDEO)

    John Downey
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Duke Energy used explosives Friday to topple the twin smokestacks at its shuttered Cape Fear Plant in Chatham County. It is the first of three implosions Charlotte-based Duke (NYSE:DUK) plans at the site this year as it decommissions the coal plant. The next will bring down the large structures that collected fly ash from the plant. The final one will take down the boilers and additional structures at the site. Duke has released a video showing the implosion from several angles. It can be seen…
  • Daimler Trucks makes company’s 3 millionth truck at Rowan plant

    Ken Elkins
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Daimler Trucks North America shipped out its 3 millionth vehicle made on this side of the Atlantic today from a newly bustling Rowan County truck plant. Employment is up to 2,590 at the heavy-truck assembly facility in the small town of Cleveland. Since March, the Portland, Ore.-based company has added 500 jobs at the plant, which makes the tractor portion of a tractor-trailer. In this case, a Freightliner Cascadia model got its decals this morning to be sent to Schneider Logistics Inc. “We…
  • Charlotte 49ers near $6M in football revenue

    Erik Spanberg
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    The Charlotte 49ers finished their first football season with a 5-6 record and nearly $6 million in revenue— not bad for a startup program. Next week, the 49ers begin year two with a road game at Campbell University before debuting at home Sept. 6 against Johnson C. Smith University. Judy Rose, the Charlotte athletic director, told me this week about the school’s football finances. In some cases, she said, the school had to make estimates because some department services and employees work…
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  • Corporex adds lending, development veteran

    Tom Demeropolis
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Corporex Cos. named Ernie Brown as director of asset management and leasing. Brown will be responsible marketing, leasing and disposition for Corporex’s portfolio of office buildings, service centers and land holdings, including the premiere developments of Ovation and CirclePort. “We are very excited about Ernie joining our team,” Tom Banta, managing director of Corporex, said in a news release. “His relocation to the Cincinnati area allowed us to add a team member with a high level of…
  • EXCLUSIVE: Want to develop property in OTR? 3CDC is giving you a chance

    Tom Demeropolis
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. is giving developers their chance to submit plans for 33 city-owned properties north of Liberty Street in Over-the-Rhine. Cincinnati City Council unanimously approved a preferred development agreement for 3CDC in June, allowing it to spearhead the development of 33 properties near Findlay Market. But the Over-the-Rhine Community Council and the Over-the-Rhine Foundation had urged the city to hold off on the idea, saying the community wants a larger role…
  • Cincinnati business scene gets glowing review from noted entrepreneur

    Erin Caproni
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the founder and CEO of Venture for America, had nothing but rave reviews for Cincinnati and its business ecosystem during his keynote speech at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Bold Fusion event on Thursday. Yang’s fellowship program has several team members placed in Cincinnati, and he says it’s because of the city’s energy springing from an ongoing renaissance. “(Cincinnati has) really cool people building awesome companies and trying to make the world…
  • New effort would use data to investigate Ohio’s surging infant death rate

    Erin Caproni
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    The state of Ohio has been ranked the worst in the nation for African American infant mortality and 48th in the nation for all births. That fact brought Sen. Sherrod Brown (D, Ohio) to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on Thursday to introduce legislation that would target the problem. “No parent should have to grieve the loss of a child without access to answers and help,” Brown said in a statement as he introduced the Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act. The…
  • Cool Places: These owners turned a firehouse into Cincinnati-area's newest brewery

    Andy Brownfield
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    After a summer of sweat, work and some setbacks, the Old Firehouse Brewery is just about ready to open its doors. The brewery will open its doors on Sept. 12 with five styles of beer: the Pin-up Girl blonde ale, Code 3 Scottish red ale, Backdraft India pale ale, Probie Porter and an as-of-yet unnamed Gose-style German wheat beer. We first brought you their story back in March, and owners Adam Cowan and Lori Ward had hoped to open in July. A piece of equipment had to be sent to California for repair,…
 
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  • Car2go eyeing car service expansion to Bexley

    Evan Weese
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Car2go wants users of its rentable cars to be able to start and end trips in Bexley. The company is working with officials of the Columbus suburb to expand its 40-square-mile Central Ohio operating area– where 300 of its vehicles can be parked – in a one-year pilot. Nicholas Hill, location manager in Columbus for the Austin, Texas-based company, made the request of Bexley officials earlier this month and City Council will get a second reading on the proposal Tuesday. “The philosophy from…
  • Former Madison’s building one of two downtown properties facing demolition

    Brian R. Ball
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Two vacant downtown buildings owned by the Tonti Organization real estate investment firm could face demolition if the city does not receive an adequate redevelopment plan. The city shuttered the 22,000-square-foot White Haines property at 80-84 N. High St. and the former Madison’s clothing store-anchored property at 72 N. High St. in mid July. The latter property has 44,000 square feet of space. Ryan Kelsey, an analyst with the Columbus Department of Building and Zoning Services, told me the…
  • Central Ohio Primary Care hires Angelo Mazzocco as CIO

    Carrie Ghose
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    Electronic medical records have generated a lot of data. The hard part is using the data to improve care, says Dr. William Wulf, CEO of Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians Inc. That’s why Ohio’s largest independent physician practice has hired Angelo Mazzocco as chief information officer, he said. Most recently president of Columbus-based Pillar Technology Group LLC, Mazzocco has been active in Central Ohio’s tech industry for three decades as past CIO for companies including Progressive…
  • Eloquii fashion retailer seeking state incentives for expansion

    Brian R. Ball
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    The resurrected Eloquii women’s fashion retailer has plans to expand its operations in Columbus. The former retail division of Limited Stores LLC has made Monday’s agenda for a state incentive from the Ohio Tax Credit Authority. It’s the only regional company on the new project list. Eloquii, a private company with offices at 4449 Easton Way, designs and sells fashion apparel in sizes 14-24. Former members of the original staff relaunched the brand earlier this year. Limited Stores shuttered…
  • Scotts Miracle-Gro revs up sponsorship deal with NASCAR driver Greg Biffle

    Tom Knox
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.’s Major League Baseball sponsorship is doing well for the lawn and garden company. Now, it’s hoping a new deal with a NASCAR driver can deliver results from the southern part of the country. Scotts’ Ortho brand will be a main sponsor of No. 16 driver Greg Biffle’s car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next year. The car has the Ortho logo and “FIRE ANT KILLER” splayed over its hood. Ortho’s varied weed and pest control products target a bunch of different bugs;…
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  • Rick Perry: Been indicted, got fingerprinted, got the T-shirt

    Bill Hethcock
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Oh Lord, it must be hard to be humble when you’re Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Even your mugshot looks good enough to slap on a T-shirt. RickPAC, a political action committee that supports Perry, is selling T-shirts with his recently taken mugshot on them. The politician whom iconoclastic journalist Molly Ivins always called "Governor Goodhair" hawked the new wares in a tweet on Friday. The front of the special-edition T-shirt has a mugshot of Perry, looking Rico Suave in a dark suit and a light blue…
  • Dallas' Gaedeke Group to invest $3.8M in Oak Lawn Plaza redo

    Candace Carlisle
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Dallas-based real estate investment firm Gaedeke Group LLC plans to bankroll a major renovation for Oak Lawn Plaza, an office building located in the high-trafficked entry to the Dallas North Tollway from the city's urban core. The firm is one of a number of investment groups banking on the city's rising real estate values and putting money into their own office properties. Other office buildings, such as Thanksgiving Tower, Bank of America Plaza and 2100 Ross, are in the midst of multimillion…
  • The fine print: Sprint's new plan may throttle your data

    Bobby Burch
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    In the tiny, nearly camouflaged text at the bottom of Sprint Corp.'s latest promotion, customers can find a potentially irksome condition. Sprint's new plan offers unlimited talk, text and data for an industry-low $60 per month. The catch is that your data could come intentionally slower than your Sprint peers. "Other plans may receive prioritized bandwidth availability," the policy's fine print reads. "To improve data experience for the majority of users, throughput may be limited, varied or reduced…
  • PSW and SolarCity plan more solar-ready homes on Lovers Lane

    Nicholas Sakelaris
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    More Dallas homes will be built with solar panels as PSW Real Estate and SolarCity announce a new neighborhood on Lovers Lane just west of White Rock Lake. The Grove at Lovers Lane will have 19 lots on just under 2 acres at 6536 Lovers Lane. The homes will range in size from 1,800 square feet to 2,200 square feet and start in the mid-$300,000 range. Austin-based PSW entered the Dallas-Fort Worth market in 2013 with two new communities in Oak Cliff, the Bishop Heights, with 45 lots, and 1600 Kings…
  • Dallas New Tech presenters include on-demand stylist platform, triathlete app, online business marketplace

    Danielle Abril
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Dallas New Tech has selected the six startups that will present at its September showcase at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center. The event, hosted by Launch DFW and entrepreneur Michael Starzewski, is slated for Sept. 2 and will include a startup from China, an on-demand beauty service application and an application made for cyclists. Here’s a look at the list: 5 Million Shoppers– The China-based company is in VentureSpur’s 2014 class. The mobile service helps Chinese tourists set up shopping…
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  • Woolpert looking for special permission to use drones

    Tristan Navera
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Woolpert Inc. doesn’t want to wait until the rules are clarified to use unmanned systems, and it just got backing from a prominent trade group. The Beavercreek-based geospatial surveying company is looking for a special exception from the U.S. Department of Transportation to use its drones before the finalization of the rules for small drones, which the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to do toward the end of next year. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, a…
  • Company to expand in Wilmington, 15 new jobs

    Tristan Navera
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    A company is moving to Wilmington Air Park and planning to grow. Santa Rosa Systems Inc. has signed a lease for 58,000 square feet of space at the Air Park, the Clinton County Port Authority announced Friday. That company designs and manufactures material handling equipment, such as loading and unloading equipment for the courier industry. The company’s new plant manager is relocating from Louisiville, and Santa Rosa Systems expects to hire 15 employees and expansion plans anticipate bringing…
  • Mike Martin discusses Taste of Oregon event

    Olivia Barrow
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    The Taste of the Oregon District returns to downtown this weekend, and Mike Martin, president of the Oregon District Business Association, said the event will be an important chance for business owners to showcase their offerings to a wide audience. The event will be held on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., continuing a weekend of celebrating local food and beverage after Saturday’s Alefest. Martin shared with me some of the highlights of this year’s festival. Q: How many people do you expect…
  • DDC hires new aerospace executive

    Tristan Navera
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    The Dayton Development Coalition has made a new hire to attract more aerospace companies to Dayton. Rich Knoll started at DDC this week. He comes from BAE Systems where he was manager of Dayton operations. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he also has served as vice president for Sumaria Systems. He will serve as vice president of aerospace development, responsible for attracting new jobs and companies in both unmanned aerial systems and the wider aerospace industries well as suppliers, manufacturers,…
  • Carillon Brewery production manager talks historical aspects of brewery (Video)

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Carillon Brewery production manager talks historical aspects of brewery (Video)
 
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  • 2nd course of Denver Restaurant Week opens Saturday; get your menus here (Slideshow)

    Caitlin Hendee
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The places are set and the cutlery is laid out, ready to satiate the pallets of eager Denver diners for a second helping of Denver Restaurant Week beginning Saturday. This is the first time Visit Denver, the organizer, is putting on two separate weeks of the popular event, which offers diners discounted meals at over 300 participating restaurants. In the prior nine years, the event ran over a continuous two-week period. The slideshow (above right) shows sample menus from 13 participating restaurants. Richard…
  • $19 million conversion of Denver's historic Byers school building complete

    Molly Armbrister
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The renovation of the former Byers Junior High School building, a 93-year-old structure on Denver's Pearl Street, has reached completion, with a grand opening planned for next week. The historic school at 150 S. Pearl St. has been empty since 2004, when Denver School of the Arts, which was using the building, moved to a new home at 7111 Montview Blvd. But after a year of construction, the Byers building has been converted into a fifth campus for the Denver School of Science and Technology. A ribbon-cutting…
  • 9News weather: Heavy rain forecast for Denver area (Video)

    Marty Coniglio
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    There's heavy rain in the forecast for Denver and the Front Range Friday. Expect moderate to heavy rain after 2 p.m. Rain will last into the evening, so outdoors sports and activities will be soggy affairs Friday night, and some traffic slowdowns are possible. Total rain around the metro area will be between one half of an inch to up to two inches in a few places. > Click here for more on this forecast from 9News. > And click here for the 9News weather page, with current conditions, detailed…
  • Dish Network CFO retiring

    Mark Harden
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    Robert Olson, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Dish Network Corp., will retire Oct. 15, the Douglas County-based satellite-TV company announced Friday. Olson will be succeeded by Steve Swain, currently senior vice president of programming, and previously vice president of corporate financial planning and analysis at Dish (Nasdaq: DISH). Swain will report to company president and CEO Joseph Clayton. Clayton praised Olson, 54, calling him "as capable and strategic a CFO as…
  • Amy Van Dyken-Rouen walking, with mechanical help

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, who was paralyzed from the waist down after an ATV accident in Arizona in June, is walking again with the aid of an exoskeleton. The native Coloradan posted photos on her Instagram account that showed her standing upright and using a walker, along with this description: " Who's excited to be walking with an exoskeleton? This chick! #dreamscometrue #happygirl" Van Dyken-Rouen also posted short videos showing her standing and walking. She was discharged…
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  • Center for Design Innovation selects Pamela Jennings as director

    Owen Covington
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    Pamela Jennings has been selected to lead the Center for Design Innovation, a multi-campus center located in Winston-Salem that is a joint venture of Winston-Salem State University, the UNC-School of the Arts and Forsyth Technical Community College. "It is clear that she has the background, vision and energy we need at CDI," said Scott Betz, a collaborator with the center who had served as interim director and as co-chair of the director search committee. Jennings previously served as program…
  • Furnitureland South opens Restoration Vintage gallery

    Katie Arcieri
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    Furnitureland South, the world’s largest home furnishings retail showroom, has opened a 22,000-square-foot Restoration Vintage gallery at its Jamestown campus. The gallery, which is located on the first floor of Furnitureland South's Mart building, features eclectic handmade, antique reproduction and vintage-inspired furniture as well as lighting, rugs and accessories. It features brands by Curations, Four Hands, GJ Styles, Sarreid, Dovetail and Furniture Classics, according to a press release.…
  • Controversial Affordable Care Act tax proves difficult for IRS to collect

    Owen Covington
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Internal Revenue Service has had difficulty collecting and tracking who should pay a controversial medical device tax put in place by the Affordable Care Act, according to a report by the U.S. Treasury. As a result, the IRS only collected about $913 million during the first half of 2013, short of the $1.2 billion it had expected to collect. The tax includes a 2.3 percent levy on the sales of medical devices, and went into effect at the beginning of 2013. The Affordable Care Act is counting…
  • Exclusive: Westover Gallery of Shops in Greensboro set for $2M expansion

    Catherine Carlock
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    The Westover Gallery of Shops, a well-trafficked Greensboro retail center with tenants including Chipotle Mexican Grill, Pure Barre and Saffron Indian Cuisine, will be expanded this fall. Greensboro-based Kotis Properties, which owns the Westover shops, has submitted site plans to the city for an 8,400-square-foot infill expansion at the center, said Jeff Nimmer, chief operating officer of Kotis. The Westover Gallery is located off Westover Terrace between West Wendover and Battleground avenues. The…
  • Mortgage rates are the lowest they’ve been this year

    Jeff Clabaugh
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    Housing sales have slowed, but it’s hard to make the argument that higher borrowing costs are the reason. Freddie Mac says 30-year mortgage rates fell to the lowest level of the year this week. A separate report Thursday shows sales activity has begun to pick up. The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in the week ending Aug. 21 was 4.10 percent, down from 4.12 percent last week. A year ago, 30-year rates were averaging close to 4.6 percent. A 15-year fix averaged 3.23 percent this…
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  • Hawaii solar firms RevoluSun, Distributed Energy Partners restructure

    Duane Shimogawa
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Honolulu-based solar energy firms RevoluSun and Distributed Energy Partners, which together have designed and built solar energy systems totaling more than 50-megawatts of energy in Hawaii since 2009, are restructuring to divide work for the residential and commercial markets. The two firms will move into different offices, with RevoluSun serving the residential market and Distributed Energy Partners serving the commercial market, with the six partners moving from management to ownership roles of…
  • HLTA launches Women in Lodging and Tourism group for Hawaii hotel execs

    Jason Ubay
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    The Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association officially launched the Women in Lodging and Tourism – Hawaii chapter at an event this week at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. The new group provides a network for women hospitality professionals for education and mentorship. Discussions to start an association started at an HLTA meeting in May. Julie Arigo, WIL-Hawaii chapter chair and general manager of Waikiki Parc Hotel, said the organization hoped to sign up 100 members, but as of Thursday, WIL-Hawaii had…
  • Hawaii is doing better than most states in cancer prevention policy, study says

    Matt Tuohy
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    A new report form the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network says Hawaii’s policy on cancer prevention is improving, but says there’s room for it to grow. The report, titled " How Do You Measure Up?: A progress Report on State Legislative Activity to reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality," shows how states can reduce cancer deaths through passing legislation. Hawaii met six of the 12 criteria the report used to measure every state placing it in the "middle" category along with nine other…
  • SolarWorld to check with Hawaii's Inter-Island Solar Supply regarding faulty part

    Duane Shimogawa
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    SolarWorld, the largest solar photovoltaic panel maker in the United States, is checking with its distributors, including Honolulu’s Inter-Island Solar Supply, to make sure the wrong hardware wasn’t used during the installation of its solar-energy systems, the spokesman for the Hillsboro, Ore.-based company told PBN on Friday. But Rick Reed, president of Inter-Island Solar, which has locations on all of the major Hawaiian Islands to serve its approximately 650 wholesale customers, told PBN that…
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa to offer new degrees in astrophysics and astronomy

    Matt Tuohy
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has approved two new degree programs at UH Manoa to accommodate aspiring astrophysicists and astronomers. The board on Thursday approved several new items including the a bachelor of science degree in astrophysics and a bachelor of arts degree in astronomy in the physics and astronomy department and the Institute for Astronomy. The new degrees include introductory, intermediate and advanced astronomy courses and research tutorials with leading scientists…
 
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  • Rick Perry's lawyers will ask judge to dismiss case

    Bill Hethcock
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s lawyers will ask a judge to dismiss criminal charges against Perry, citing the governor’s constitutional veto authority and his First Amendment right to speak his mind. The judge presiding over the case gave Austin attorney David Botsford a week to file the motion to dismiss the case, according to the Associated Press. Perry skipped his arraignment Friday morning. His lawyers have entered a plea of not guilty to the two felonies he's accused of — abuse of official…
  • Meet the Fast 100: Despite Silicon Valley's allure, Houston remains a prime spot for mobile tech co.

    Joe Martin
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Voxofon LLC, a mobile communications company, continues to see rapid growth – enough for it to land on this year's Fast 100 list– despite residing in a city not known for its software development. The company has chosen to remain in Houston — despite frequent flights to software hubs — because of the city's atmosphere, said Alexey Goloshubin, co-founder and CEO of Voxofon. "I'm not sure Silicon Valley would have been best," he told the Houston Business Journal. "There's a lot of competition…
  • Brewery Incubator plans farewell party following eviction notice

    Olivia Pulsinelli
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The League of Extraordinary Brewers will say goodbye to downtown’s Brewery Incubator and Kitchen Incubator at 907 Franklin St. this weekend. Founder Lucrece Borrego is planning a farewell party for Aug. 23 and has to vacate the property early next week. According to Borrego’s account on the Brewery Incubator website and in media reports, she suddenly received an eviction notice citing “performance defaults” including "the storing of personal items and trash in the common areas and hallways,"…
  • Maersk Oil's Houston head reflects on tough day of job cuts

    Jordan Blum
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Bruce Laws, president of Houston-based Maersk Oil, oversaw an admittedly "tough" week during which the company downsized its Houston staff by more than 25 percent. Facing profit losses and lesser returns in the Gulf of Mexico, Denmark-based Maersk eliminated 54 Houston positions, while transferring eight others to Copenhagen. The "refocused" Houston office will maintain about 150 employees — 215 counting contractors. The Denmark-based company is focusing more on other parts of the world. "It's…
  • Demand for Houston apartments is at an all-time high

    Paul Takahashi
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    Houston’s demand for apartments is at an all-time high, according to a new national report. CBRE Group Inc. released its quarterly multifamily market report, which found that the national apartment market continued to grow during the second quarter of 2014. The market is particularly strong in Houston. Houston had a positive net absorption of 21,394 multifamily units over the past year, according to the CBRE report. Net absorption measures the change in occupied apartment units over a period…
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  • Judge approves new congressional map, allows election to proceed

    Brandon Larrabee
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    A Leon County judge upheld a second draft of the state's congressional districts in a decision issued Friday, but shelved the new map until after the November elections. The decision marked a major victory for legislative Republicans, who approved the new plan this month after Lewis ruled that their first draft violated the Florida Constitution's ban on political gerrymandering. The GOP had also pushed for the earlier version of the districts, approved in 2012, to remain in place through this year's…
  • FaverGray building $19 million hotel in Florida Panhandle

    Robert Ward
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    The FaverGray Co. of Jacksonville Beach is building a $19 million hotel in Rosemary Beach in the Florida Panhandle. The 68-room Inn on the Gulf, just west of Panama City Beach, will consist of three, four-story buildings including a swimming pool, a restaurant and other amenities, FaverGray said in a news release. It expects to complete construction by July next year. The architect is Humphreys & Partners Architects LP of Austin, Texas. For more information, contact FaverGray at 904-208-2023;…
  • See inside the newest ship to visit Jaxport

    James Crichlow
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    Executives from Höegh Autoliners and the Jacksonville Port Authority welcomed the company’s newest auto ship, Höegh Jacksonville, for its inaugural visit to the city it was named after. The vehicle transportation company moved its U.S. headquarters to Jacksonville in 2013. “While this is a great honor, Höegh’s commitment to Northeast Florida goes deeper than the name on this impressive new ship,” said Jaxport Board Chairman John Falconetti. “The company has become an important part…
  • You've heard of wine pairings, but what about craft beer pairings?

    Catherine Byerly
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    Chefs hustled around a modern, open kitchen tucked in the corner of the Whole Foods on San Jose, their movement wafting the scents of mole sauce and steamed pork buns. But the people gathering at the white tablecloth covered tables weren't there for the food —they were there for the beer, or more specifically to see how different craft beers paired with different foods for the grocer's Dogfish Head Beer Dinner. Craft & Specialty Sales Manager of Jacksonville-based Champion Brands David Rigdon…
  • In retiring from Florida Blue, Mike Hightower will still be as sharp as his professional wardrobe

    Colleen Michele Jones
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Even with his official retirement from Florida Blue today, longtime health policy lobbyist Mike Hightower won’t be hanging up his trademark white-collared blue dress shirts and yellow ties anytime soon. “I will still be very much engaged in this community,” Hightower, 69, told the Business Journal. Hightower is stepping down as vice president of government and legislative relations after 34 years with the Jacksonville-based health insurance company — “an extraordinary journey,” in Hightower’s…
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  • Kratofil appointed to Jackson County Sports Complex Authority

    James Dornbrook
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed Greg Kratofil Jr. to the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority. Kratofil, a Republican, will replace authority chairman Gerald Winship, an independent whose term expired on July 15. Kratofil is a partner in the Kansas City law firm Polsinelli PC. He is Google’s local counsel for the Google Fiber for Communities Project, and assisted in the negotiations and documentation of naming rights for Livestrong Sporting Park. The authority governs maintenance and…
  • Share your 'Ice Bucket Challenge' moments

    Leslie Collins
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    The ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" has morphed into a social media craze, and Kansas City has now dived into the icy challenge. We've personally witnessed a number of local CEOs getting drenched, along with their employees, and challenge other companies and bigwigs in the metro. Since taking off in late July, the national challenge has helped raise $41.8 million for ALS research. So, now we're challenging you, our readers, to send us your videos and photos showing Kansas City-area companies and organizations…
  • Energy secretary: KC's new NNSA facility a model for U.S.

    James Dornbrook
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:06 pm
    After eight years of planning, construction and the largest industrial move in the United States, the U.S. Department of Energy officially dedicated the new $687 million National Security Campus in Kansas City. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was the keynote speaker at the event, which drew about 1,000 people. The crowd included employees, government officials, the design and construction crews, and officials from Honeywell, which manages the $700 million manufacturing operation for the non-nuclear…
  • JoCo, WyCo get piece of KDOT's $1.2B highway pie

    Austin Alonzo
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The Kansas Department of Transportation will conduct about $1.2 billion in road and bridge construction projects in fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016, and a decent piece of that amount will end up in Johnson and Wyandotte counties. On Thursday, KDOT announced that it has scheduled about 464 highway projects, 194 bridge and interchange projects worth about $1.2 billion during the next two fiscal years. About 65 percent of the projects are considered preservation work. Here is a breakdown of the big projects…
  • Russell Stover buyer sheds more light on plans

    James Dornbrook
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Many unknowns remain about what Russell Stover Candies Inc. will look like after it is acquired, but its intended new owners at Lindt & Sprungli tried to cut through the fog a bit by sharing what they’re thinking. The acquisition of Russell Stover was announced in July, but the parties still are awaiting approval from antitrust authorities. Lindt CFO Dieter Weisskop said in an analyst call that he’s expecting approval in September or October. “We don’t see any difficulties in it given that…
 
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  • Irvine's Reverse Medical gets snatched up by Covidien as Medtronic merger looms

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    As it prepares for a merger with Medtronic Inc., medical device company Covidien has itself acquired a small California-based company to makes products to treat vascular disease. Covidien (NYSE: COV) didn’t say how much it paid for Reverse Medical Corp. in an announcement today, saying only that the business will come under its existing neurovascular product line. Reverse Medical, in Irvine, Calif., is now launching its MVP Micro Vascular Plug System and the UNO Neurovascular Embolization System,…
  • Teaser promises Quentin Tarantino's ‘The Hateful Eight’ is real

    Annlee Ellingson
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Quentin Tarantino has yet to shoot a frame of film on his next project, and any cast members at this point are just rumors. But a trailer for “The Hateful Eight” is playing on prints of “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” this weekend. Not yet released online—officially, anyway—the teaser starts with black-and-white animation of a snow-swept countryside where, the text says, after the Civil War, eight strangers find themselves stranded in a blizzard. “They soon discovered they shared a…
  • MIG Real Estate drops $35.5 million on Arizona deal

    Mike Sunnucks
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:18 pm
    A Southern California that already owns business hotels, an office complex and multifamily properties in the Phoenix area has bought a Chandler, Ariz. apartment complex for $35.5 million MIG Real Estate purchased the 234-unit Symphony Apartments in Chandler near Frye and Dobson roads. There have been a slew of apartment complex sales including a good number involving California buyers and sellers. CBRE brokers Tyler Anderson, Sean Cunningham and Asher Gunter negotiated the sale. The seller was…
  • Flick picks: Novelty has faded in ‘A Dame to Kill For,’ but it’s alive and well in ‘The One I Love’

    Annlee Ellingson
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    In the nine years since “Sin City” pioneered a comic-book aesthetic on the big screen, graphic novelist Frank Miller is on his way toward establishing a genre unto himself, staging big, bloody action against a greenscreen. But with Miller’s “300” and its sequel “Rise of an Empire” also on the market, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” doesn’t feel novel anymore, and the spectacle of a black-and-white cartoon world soon wears off, leaving a dark, noir tone that’s relentlessly hard-boiled.…
  • California taps the brakes on Google's self-driving car's lack of steering wheel and brake pedal

    Sarah Drake
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    As Google Inc. prepares its self-driving car for public use over the next few years, California's Department of Motor Vehicles is forming new testing regulations that seek to maintain some level of driver control in otherwise autonomous vehicles. The autonomous car currently comes without standard car equipment like a steering wheel or brake and gas pedals because the computer does the driving. The state of California has crafted rules that take effect Sept. 16, requiring that a driver be able…
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  • 'Structure change' in the works for Louisville Chase operations

    Braden Lammers
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    There has been a lot of chatter about changes in the works in the wealth-management and private-banking segment of JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Louisville operation. I reached a company spokesman, and he didn't do much to clear things up. "We announced yesterday that we are changing the way we are covering some of the market, no different than the framework that’s been in place forever, but it does impact some people on the ground," said Jeffrey Lyttle, senior vice president and head of community engagement…
  • Three New Albany companies expanding existing facilities

    Marty Finley
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Three New Albany companies are planning expansions after city council granted property tax abatements Thursday night for all three projects. Advance Fabricators Inc., Bruce Fox Inc. and L&D Mail Masters Inc. are expanding their existing facilities, creating 55 new jobs. Advance Fabricators will receive an estimated tax savings of $220,902, which includes $198,434 in real property taxes across 10 years and $22,468 in savings across five years on personal property, said Suzanne Ruark, director of…
  • What's in store for your commute next week?

    Braden Lammers
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    A series of restrictions and closures continue for area roads, especially in downtown Louisville, as a result of ongoing work for the Ohio River Bridges Project. Work that may affect drivers this weekend and into next week are as follows: • Two lanes of the Interstate 65 Kennedy Bridge, in both directions, are scheduled to close overnight Monday, Aug. 25, through Thursday, Aug. 28, for work in connection with the downtown crossing. The lanes are expected to close around 9 p.m. and reopen by…
  • Conway cleared to join Kosair-Norton lawsuit; judge recuses himself

    David A. Mann
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Mitch Perry granted an order earlier this week that allows Kentucky attorney general Jack Conway to intervene in a lawsuit between Kosair Charities Committee Inc. and Norton Healthcare Inc. Norton Healthcare is the operator of Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville. Kosair Charities is a charity organization that provides millions in funding for Kosair Children's, among other causes. In May, Kosair Charities sued Norton, saying it wanted more transparency regarding…
  • Second-quarter bank report for Louisville shows steady improvement

    Braden Lammers
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    There was good and bad news in the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' second-quarter community banking report covering the Louisville metropolitan statistical area. Julie Stackhouse, senior vice president of the St. Louis Fed, said that year-over-year, there is evidence of loan growth when looking at the overall numbers from Louisville banks. But she added that those numbers are inconsistent when examining the banks individually. Total loans for the second quarter of 2014 rose to $9.5 billion from…
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  • Memphis airport shuffles restaurants, concession operations

    Ryan Poe
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The Memphis International Airport is reshuffling its restaurants after losing one of its two concessions operators. The Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority approved leases Thursday to allow Wimpy's Burgers to replace Back Yard Burgers and another, undetermined concept to replace the Sam Adams Bar, according to an airport spokesman. The changes come as concessions operator Delaware North prepares to pull the plug Sept. 15 on its Memphis concepts. In addition to the vendors already mentioned,…
  • State OKs planning of $70M veterans' home in Shelby County

    Ryan Poe
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The Tennessee State Building Commission has approved the planning of a new $70 million, 144-bed veterans' nursing home in Shelby County. A Commission spokesman confirmed approval for the planning phase of the veterans' nursing home, which would be the state's fourth. Gov. Bill Haslam set aside $600,000 in the budget this year for the first phase, The Commercial Appeal has reported. The spokesman for the Commission said the funding has been approved to cover site selection, analysis and testing…
  • Tennessee car thieves love pickup trucks

    Ed Arnold
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    If you drive a pickup truck in Tennessee, make sure you lock it up. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) tjust released its annual "Hot Wheels" report and named the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States as well as in each state. According to the NICB, five of the top 10 stolen vehicles in Tennessee are pickup trucks, and all but two of them are manufactured before the year 2000. Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) 1994 Ford Pickup (Full Size) 1997 Honda Accord 1996 Honda Civic 1998 Dodge…
  • Legendary Memphis broadcaster Dave Brown reducing role at WMC-TV

    Ed Arnold
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Though he's not ready to retire just yet, legendary Memphis broadcaster Dave Brown is moving into a reduced role at WMC-TV. “I have asked for a reduced schedule at WMC Action News 5,” said Brown. “I am not retiring but feel this is the proper time to begin a transition to fewer hours in the workplace. I have worked since the age of 10. I have enjoyed a 52-year career in broadcasting, including 37 years so far here at WMC. For many of those years I have worked a six-day week and have worked…
  • Memphis' Main to Main project will get more state grant money

    Ryan Poe
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Memphis will get $3.6 million in grants for transportation projects this year, including nearly $1.7 million to renovate the Harahan Bridge as a bicycle-pedestrian trail. The Tennessee Department of Transportation today released its annual list of the projects that would receive a total of more than $27 million in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement grants. The grant for the 12-mile Main to Main Multimodal Connector project in Downtown Memphis, which includes the Harahan, requires…
 
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  • Sprecher Brewing prepares fire truck for second traveling beer garden at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson

    Denise Lockwood
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Sprecher Brewing Co. will add a second traveling beer garden, which is set to roll in at the Milwaukee Rally at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson, 1280 Blue Ribbon Drive in Oconomowoc, from Aug. 28 through Aug. 31. “We couldn’t ask for a better venue to debut our second traveling beer garden. Harley-Davidson has always been a sign of Milwaukee-based ingenuity; Sprecher Brewery has, too. We’re proud to be affiliated with such a strong local brand,” said Jeff Hamilton, president of Sprecher. A bright…
  • Milwaukee Ald. Joe Davis proposes $100M in city bonding for new arena

    Rich Kirchen
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    North side Milwaukee Ald. Joe Davis, a potential candidate for Milwaukee mayor, has proposed that the city expand its bonding authority by $100 million, which could be used to fund a new downtown arena. Davis said in a press release Friday that city leaders need to ensure that all their funding options are available to participate as a partner “in this critical project.” “The city of Milwaukee faces a pivotal choice about its future with the Milwaukee Bucks basketball franchise,” Davis…
  • Boston-based business incubator group to partner with M-Werc at Energy Innovation Center

    Denise Lockwood
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The Mid-west Energy Research Consortium (M-Werc) has kicked off a partnership with Boston-based Greentown Labs, a consortium of startup companies that develops energy and clean technology products. The hope is that Greentown Labs can share some of its knowledge in how to build a strong incubator ecosystem so that M-Werc can replicate some of its processes as it seeks to help startup companies scale up and help existing manufacturing companies in the energy, power and control industry innovate. M-Werc,…
  • Developer of Harley V-Rod kits spinning off Scorpion Trikes as separate company

    Denise Lockwood
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Superior Designs Inc., the company that developed a conversion kit that transforms a Harley-Davidson V-Rod into a reverse trike, is spinning off a company called Scorpion Trikes. Taking on the name of its product, the Waukesha-based company plans to also make a number of conversion kits for Harley’s Road Glide, Road King and the Electra Glide family of motorcycles, said John Kroening, owner and founder of Superior Designs. “The attorneys are working on the formation of the new company now,”…
  • New Bon-Ton Stores CEO to live in Milwaukee area

    Alison Bauter
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    Unlike outgoing CEO Brendan Hoffman, the new head of Boston Store parent company The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. apparently plans to live in the Milwaukee area. During a conference call Thursday, Hoffman welcomed incoming CEO and president Kathy Bufano. "As (a) native of Illinois, Kathy relates to our customer and is looking forward to living in the Milwaukee area," Hoffman told analysts and investors during Bon-Ton's second quarter earnings call. Hoffman recently declined to renew his contact with…
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  • Covidien buys California vascular disease device maker

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    As it prepares for a merger with Medtronic Inc., medical device company Covidien has itself acquired a small California-based company to makes products to treat vascular disease. Covidien (NYSE: COV) didn’t say how much it paid for Reverse Medical Corp. in an announcement today, saying only that the business will come under its existing neurovascular product line. Reverse Medical, in Irvine, Calif., is now launching its MVP Micro Vascular Plug System and the UNO Neurovascular Embolization System,…
  • Vikings infusion preserves stadium amenities, but doesn't add bird-safe glass

    David Schuyler
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    The Minnesota Vikings and the Wilf family raised their contribution to the construction of the new Vikings stadium by $46.1 million to avoid sharp cutbacks on planned amenities that might stem from the rising cost of construction materials, but the cash boost doesn't allow for the so-called "bird-safe" glass that environmentalists had wanted. The cost of adding fritted glass that would help birds avoid often fatal collisions with the towering glass windows of the stadium was estimated at $1.1 million,…
  • Manager of Soldier Field, Superdome picked to run Vikings stadium

    David Schuyler
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has selected SMG, a suburban Philadelphia-based manager of stadiums, arenas and convention facilities worldwide, to manage and market the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. The MSFA agreed to a 10-year contract with worldwide entertainment and convention venue management firm SMG, in West Conshohocken, Pa., for marketing and management of the Vikings stadium. SMG also manages NFL stadiums in New Orleans, Chicago and Houston among its numerous contracts. Terms…
  • Vikings up stadium contribution by nearly $50 million as costs rise

    Nick Halter
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    Construction costs for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium are coming in higher than anticipated, and the team is throwing more money into the project to ensure the facility has all the amenities it was supposed to have. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority today announced it was adding another $20 million to the stadium budget. That move is in addition to the team previously adding $28.5 million to the project. The Vikings originally committed to spending $477 million on the $975 million project,…
  • Wings Financial Credit Union opening four new branches

    Jim Hammerand
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Wings Financial Credit Union is opening four new branches in the Twin Cities. New locations in Blaine, Eden Prairie, Woodbury will open by the end of the year. A fourth location, in Savage, will open in the first three months of 2015. The Apple Valley-based credit union will have 15 metro locations when the new branches open. It has more than $4 billion in assets and over 205,000 members. RELATED: Banking & Finance Executive Roundtable: Changing relationships, technologies and markets About…
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  • New brewery slated for Germantown

    E.J. Boyer
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Another week, another brewery, and this one’s coming for you, Germantown. Bearded Iris Brewing Co. is slated to open at 101 Van Buren St., in a warehouse that will connect to the artist enclave at 100 Taylor St. The brewery’s co-founders, Kavon Togrye and Paul Vaughn, are light on details right now as lease negotiations are underway, but they expect to open a 1,200-square-foot taproom in the 10,000-square-foot space, with seating for about 50 people. They will focus on brewing Belgian and French…
  • Is Family Dollar open to talks with Dollar General?

    Jennifer Thomas
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Family Dollar Stores Inc. may not be ruling out Dollar General Corp.’s $9.7 billion offer after all. A Bloomberg report Friday says the Charlotte, N.C.-based discount retailer would be willing to consider that proposal if Goodlettsville-based Dollar General (NYSE:DG) “agrees to sell as many stores as regulators require.” On Thursday, Family Dollar’s board unanimously rejected Dollar General’s all-cash offer valued at $78.50 per share, citing concerns with antitrust issues. Dollar General…
  • Brentwood apartments sell for $42M

    Adam Sichko
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    An apartment complex just south of Nashville has sold for about $42 million — the latest case of outside investors eager to expand their portfolios in and around Music City. Estates at Brentwood is now owned by Tribridge Residential, according to multiple real estate sources. Tribridge is headquartered in Atlanta. Sales of mid-rise apartment complexes within Nashville city limits have surged this year. Three times, a new record price was set. The interest in this Brentwood complex, 11 miles south,…
  • Metropolitan Bank chief: Breaking into Nashville’s banking scene a steep climb

    Scott Harrison
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Bill Menkel, the Nashville chief for Memphis-based Metropolitan Bank, says Middle Tennessee is the driver for his bank’s future growth. Like scores of other banks, Metropolitan entered Nashville to tap into the opportunities the city’s expansion has to offer. The Nashville Business Journal recently covered the performance of new large national banks in the Nashville market. Many of those large players are finding themselves fighting for business in a highly competitive market – including…
  • You've heard of food trucks, but meet Nashville's food bike

    E.J. Boyer
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    You’ve heard of “farm-to-table,” but what about “farm-to-bike?” Cayla Mackey, a founder of Native Magazine, has moved on to her next venture: an organic, locally sourced restaurant that serves up breakfast tacos from a bicycle. Mackey, new to the food game, is betting that the appeal of local, organic ingredients, an environmentally friendly business model, and breakfast tacos will win over customers’ stomachs and money. She’s looking to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter to solidify her…
 
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  • FDOT mulls adding SunRail platform at new downtown Orlando hotel

    Anjali Fluker
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The Florida Department of Transportation is looking at an idea that would make a proposed hotel in downtown Orlando extremely transit-oriented. The city of Orlando appearance review board on Aug. 21 looked at a “courtesy review” request from TSCF Church Street Development LLC — a subsidiary of the Boston-based owner of Church Street Station, Tremont Realty Capital — for plans to build a new 13-story, 205-room Hyatt Place Hotel with a potential SunRail station platform, city documents showed. The…
  • Golden 100: C. Fla.'s top privately held firms shine at annual event

    Matthew Richardson
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    There was a lot of money walking around Rosen Shingle Creek hotel on Aug. 22. That's because the leaders of the region's top privately held companies joined Orlando Business Journal for its 2014 Golden 100 event. Central Florida’s top 100 privately held businesses generated combined revenue of $9.97 billion, and many of the CEO or representatives of those companies were at the event to receive their award. The event and luncheon was not only a means to honor many local businesses for their great…
  • See which cities Visit Orlando is targeting to boost tourism numbers

    Richard Bilbao
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    So how does Visit Orlando plan to attract more visitors than other destinations? By attracting the people who visit those other destinations to Central Florida. That was the strategy the region's visitors bureau unveiled at a members meeting on Aug. 21. Visit Orlando will look at markets such as New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta as target markets for increased marketing efforts. Many of those destinations are competitors either in the leisure or convention…
  • Construction to start on upscale Thornton Park brownstones this year

    Anjali Fluker
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    A new $6 million upscale brownstone project is coming to downtown Orlando’s Thornton Park neighborhood — which marks the first time in many years that a new for-sale product is being built in the area. F&J Developers LLC expect to break ground in the next couple months on The Brownstones at Thornton Park, a new 28-unit, three-story luxury townhome project on Mariposa Street. The project, similar to urban-style, higher-end townhomes in places like Brooklyn, N.Y., are set to include optional…
  • Help wanted: Subcontractors sought for I-4 makeover development office

    Anjali Fluker
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    A new headquarters is in the works for the team involved in the $2.3 billion job of tearing up and rebuilding Interstate 4 in Central Florida. Altamonte Springs-based general contractor DACG Inc. landed a $400,000 contract to handle rehabilitation of a 42,250-square-foot, two-story office building in Maitland that will serve as the hub of construction activities for I-4 Mobility Partners, the design/build team involved in the project known as the I-4 Ultimate. The building — set to house the…
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  • Xerox adds 500 jobs in Cherry Hill

    Lauren Hertzler
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    From now until October, Xerox said it will be adding 500 new positions at its Cherry Hill facility. The job openings are for customer care representatives for Xerox’s annual benefits enrollment program. The company said it’s looking for applicants with previous customer service experience. “During the time of enrollment, there is a need for more customer service to answer questions that employees might have while enrolling for healthcare, vision, 401K, etc.,” Xerox spokeswoman Jennifer…
  • Beneficial Bancorp files plans for $1B public stock offering

    John George
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Benificial Bancorp Inc. filed plans to go public in a $1.1 billion initial public stock offering. According to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Philadelphia-based Beneficial plans to sell just under 109 million shares of common stock at $10 per share. Earlier this month, officials at what is the oldest and largest Philadelphia-based bank said it was moving forward with plans to convert Beneficial Mutual Bancorp from its current mutual holding company structure into…
  • Bank of America's Bassam Awadalla on education and fighting hunger

    Dell Poncet
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    As area executive for Bank of America, you’d think Bassam Awadalla would have enough on his plate. But it’s the fact that too often other people’s plates are empty that weighs on him. Hence, as you can read in my recent Social Capital interview with Awadalla, his efforts on behalf of food-for-the-hungry nonprofit Philabundance. Read the complete Social Capital here.
  • ‘Keep me in the loop’ (aka please talk to me)

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    It’s no secret that I am not a fan of clichés (sales or otherwise) and “keep me in the loop” is a BIG cliché that is overused. This cliché makes me think because there is an interesting subtext to it. To me it’s a nice way of saying “would you please take a minute and let me know what’s going on?” I for one hate being left out. Essentially what I think people are truly looking for is not to be left in the dark when they are involved in something that is meaningful to them or critical…
  • Buying Eagles tickets on secondary market? It'll cost you

    John George
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    If you don’t have Eagles tickets this year and are thinking about getting seats from a online reseller, get ready to spend some serious cash. A new report complied by ticket marketplace operator Vivid Seats of Chicago found Eagles games have the 11th-highest average ticket price in the league on the secondary market at $215 a seat. The most expensive Eagles' game ticket? That would be week 15 when the Dallas Cowboys come to town. The average secondary market ticket price for the home game at…
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  • GM unveils Chandler IT center, plans to employ 1,000 at capacity

    Emily Overholt
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    General Motors was a long way from Detroit with the unveiling of its 170,000-square-foot Information Technology Innovation Center in Chandler Friday morning. The center, which has half of its expected 1,000 employees already working, is a score for Chandler and its Price Road Corridor, which already houses Intel Corp. and Microchip Technology Inc. This is the fourth Innovation Center in the country, with other sites in Georgia, Texas and Michigan. "GM is exactly the type of technology employer…
  • LDS real estate arms swap Arizona land for $104M

    Mike Sunnucks
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Two real estate arms of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have swapped ownership of land in the outer suburbs of Phoenix. Property Reserve Inc. has sold at least 16 parcels to Suburban Land Reserve Inc. for $104.2 million, according to Maricopa County Records. Both companies are real estate affiliates of the Mormon Church. Both are also major buyers of real estate across the U.S. and the Southwest. Real estate industry officials say the land sale between LDS brethren companies involves…
  • California company adds Chandler apartments to Valley portfolio with $35.5M buy

    Mike Sunnucks
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:36 pm
    A Southern California that already owns business hotels, an office complex and multifamily properties in the Valley has bought a Chandler apartment complex for $35.5 million MIG Real Estate purchased the 234-unit Symphony Apartments in Chandler near Frye and Dobson roads. There have been a slew of apartment complex sales including a good number involving California buyers and sellers. CBRE brokers Tyler Anderson, Sean Cunningham and Asher Gunter negotiated the sale. The seller was Symphony R…
  • Large Phoenix apartment complex faces foreclosure

    Mike Sunnucks
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    A large Phoenix apartment complex faces foreclosure over a $59.4 million loan. The 856-unit Saratoga Ridge Apartment Homes complex at Bell Road and 14th Street faces a foreclosure sale on Nov. 4. The complex is owned by GS Saratoga Ridge LLC, an arm of Charleston, South Carolina-based Greystar, according to Arizona Corporation Commission and Maricopa County records. Greystar is a large national apartment owner. It owns and/or manages a number of Phoenix-area apartment complexes. A Greystar spokeswoman…
  • The 4 steps to strategically organize your business projects

    Tom Zender
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    You probably have a list of important things to do in your business today and beyond, but how do you decide the top priorities? What is important and what is not? Simply sort your priorities into these four categories: stop, suspend, sustain and start. 1. Stop: What projects to end We tend to hang onto familiar activities, products, services and lines of business long after their usefulness. Often, they are money losers, time drains and consume other valuable resources. In some cases they involve…
 
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  • ALS Association recognizes Allegheny Health Network

    Kris B. Mamula
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Allegheny Health Network has been certified as a Treatment Center of Excellence by the ALS Association and its western Pennsylvania chapter. The center is based at Allegheny General Hospital, and the program is the only one in the region recognized by the ALS Association for treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often called Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. “We have worked in partnership with the…
  • MSA affilate approved to buy Rockpointe business park in West Deer

    Tim Schooley
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A potential new owner’s bid to buy the 260-acre Rockpointe Business Air Park in West Deer was given preliminary approval in the Western District of the United States Bankruptcy Court on Thursday, according to the lawyer who represents the trustee in the nearly five-year-old Chapter 11 reorganization of Rock Airport of Pittsburgh, LLC. Kirk Burkley, who represents trustee Natalie Lutz Cardiello in the court proceedings, confirmed Judge Carlota Bohm has accepted the $9 million bid by Alaskan Property…
  • Consol to mark the start of airport drilling on Monday

    Sam Kusic
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    Consol Energy Inc. is holding a groundbreaking ceremony Monday to mark the start of its natural gas development project at Pittsburgh International Airport. Pittsburgh-based Consol plans to sink 47 Marcellus Shale wells from six pads on airport property. Two of the pads sit on the airport’s northern end. The other four are at its southern end. Consol (NYSE: CNX) is drilling on more than 9,000 acres it is leasing from the Allegheny County Airport Authority. Between an upfront bonus payment and…
  • Fayette County power plant being sold to Houston company

    Sam Kusic
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    A Fayette County natural-gas-fired power plant is being sold to a Houston-based electricity producer as part of a $2.8 billion acquisition announced Friday. Through the deal, Dynegy Inc. is acquiring the Fayette Energy Facility and 10 other merchant generation plants from Duke Energy, which is exiting the merchant generation business. The cash deal also includes Duke’s Ohio retail business. “This transaction is an important milestone in our strategy to exit the merchant generation business,"…
  • Nosik joins Allegheny Health Network

    Kris B. Mamula
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    Dr. Stanislav Nosik has joined Allegheny Health Network, specializing in minimally invasive surgical procedures for people with colon and rectal disease. Nosik received his medical degree from St. Petersburg State Medical Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he also completed a general surgery internship. He had surgical residencies at Nassau University Medical Center in New York and Michigan State University where he was the administrative chief resident. Later he served on the teaching faculty…
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  • Oregon splits the difference on Ambre coal grants

    Wendy Culverwell
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    It's been quite a week on Oregon's coal export front. Friday, the Oregon Transportation Commission awarded more than $40 million in Connect Oregon grants to fuel transportation projects. But the awards cut both ways for Ambre Energy's controversial Morrow Pacific Project to export coal mined in the Powder River Basin to South Korea via the Columbia River. The commission OK'd one grant associated with Ambre Energy but rejected a second. The commission gave the Port of St. Helens $2 million to extend…
  • Better Bricks: Deal of the Year winner adds a second key tenant

    Andy Giegerich
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Park Avenue West has enlisted its second key tenant. Washington Trust Bank announced Friday it would move its Oregon regional headquarters onto the under-construction downtown tower's 18th floor when the structure is completed in 2016. Washington Trust joins Stoel Rives, Park Avenue West's anchor tenant, in the 546,000-square-foot building next to the Fox Tower. The building won a Better Bricks Commercial Real Estate Award for TMT Development, the project's developer. Washington Trust will occupy…
  • Former Hillsboro Mayor Gordon Faber dies at 83

    Andy Giegerich
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The man who oversaw Hillsboro's growth into a major tech company locale has died. The Oregonian reported Friday afternoon that Gordon Faber passed away at the age of 83 on Monday. Faber was mayor of Hillsboro between 1993 and 2001. As the Oregonian noted, the city grew from 40,000 to 72,630 during those years. Among the companies to grow during that period was Intel, which entered the 2000s well above the 10,000-employee mark. The recreational complex that hosts Ron Tonkon Field, the home of…
  • Better Bricks: A touching tribute from the Bill Naito Co.

    Wendy Culverwell
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Renovating a historic building in the middle of downtown is a messy, noisy business. So when The Bill Naito Co. initiated a $20-plus million renovation of The Galleria, 921 S.W. Morrison in 2012, to accommodate CityTarget, there were bound to be complaints about noise, traffic and parking. Boy were there, says CEO Bill Barendrick, CEO. Guests at the Governor Hotel (now the Sentinel) weren't happy to be awakened by construction noise. Nearby residents complained as did businesses. Barendrick jokes…
  • Portland company's classes will stitch the apparel industry together as manufacturing returns

    Matthew Kish
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    When Sharon Blair taught at the Art Institute of Portland she noticed students scramble for pencils and note paper when she talked about entrepreneurship. "They were crazy for that information," she said. "Nobody else was teaching it." The observation eventually led her to start Portland Sewing in 2010, a company that teaches novices and professionals everything from basic sewing techniques to advanced industry skills. Next month Portland Sewing will take another step when it launches a comprehensive…
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  • Argos Therapeutics commits to new headquarters in Durham

    Amanda Jones Hoyle
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Argos Therapeutics has reached a deal with a Charlotte real estate developer to build a new headquarters office and manufacturing facility in Durham. Under the terms of the 10-year lease agreement with Charlotte-based The Keith Corp., Argos will lease a 97,500-square-foot building that The Keith Corp. will finance and build on Argo’s behalf, according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Keith Corp., through a subsidiary, has owned an 11-acre site at 1733…
  • A year after layoffs, Xerox preps to hire 50 temps in Cary

    Lauren K. Ohnesorge
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    A year after announcing triple-digit layoffs in Cary, Xerox (NYSE: XRX) is hiring 50 temporary positions at its Crescent Green location. The jobs, according to a company spokesperson, are customer care representative positions in the area of benefits enrollment. While only 50 jobs are coming to the Triangle, Xerox is hiring for similar positions across the country. The jobs are project-based, but they could mean permanent employment for the right candidates. The Xerox workforce in Cary has fluctuated…
  • St. Baldrick’s to support UNC doctor's research on brain tumors in children

    Jason deBruyn
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Dr. Timothy Gershon of the UNC School of Medicine has received $150,000 from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to work on a cure for a kind of brain tumor. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation funds research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $152 million to support research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. The grant to Gershon builds on work he has already…
  • New Citrix sign comes to downtown Raleigh skyline

    Lauren K. Ohnesorge
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    It’s been official for awhile now – Citrix (Nasdaq: CTXS)’s move to downtown Raleigh. But on Friday, with the new sign looming over the Warehouse District, it seems even more real, that Citrix, which purchased ShareFile nearly three years ago, is about to rock the city of Oaks. The company offers software to support remote workers - and it's still hiring heavily in Raleigh. The headcount is already more than 500 in Raleigh, with 49 open positions, primarily in engineering. Read: How a new…
  • Full scholarship awarded to Wake County baby named 1 millionth resident

    Amanda Jones Hoyle
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Anderson Grace Hughes, a baby born Aug. 22 at WakeMed hospital in Raleigh, has been identified by the hospital and by Wake Technical Community College as the one millionth new resident in Wake County, and for that the college has promised the child a full, two-year scholarship. Read: Who moves to Wake County? #WakeHitsAMillion Wake Tech President Stephen Scott says the scholarship has been granted by the college's Wake Tech Foundation and will cover two years of tuition at Wake Tech at the going…
 
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  • Manufacturing jobs growing again in Sacramento

    Allen Young
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The Sacramento region has added 2,400 manufacturing jobs during the first seven months of this year, compared to a net loss of 600 jobs during 2013, according to data from the Employment Development Department. The regional gains, which average about 400 jobs each month this year, arrive at a time when overall manufacturing is leaving the state of California, according to EDD data. No company has publicized a large round of openings. But the region is home to more than 1,200 manufacturing companies,…
  • Warren Smith: Landing Major League Soccer would be good for business

    Ben van der Meer
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Bringing Major League Soccer to Sacramento would mean more than just adding another top-tier team, Sacramento Republic FC soccer club president Warren Smith said Friday. The club would help companies attract talented workers, Smith said at a Sacramento Press Club luncheon. “If we have that asset, I happen to think it adds to the vibrancy and helps makes us competitive.” Smith will host an Major League Soccer delegation next month that will consider whether Sacramento deserves an expansion franchise.…
  • African-Americans overlooked at Covered California, lawmakers say

    Kathy Robertson
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The board at Covered California got an earful Thursday from two African-American legislators unhappy with what they say was a lack of outreach to the African-American community during the first open enrollment for the new state health benefit exchange. Covered California boosted outreach to Latinos but the “lack of commitment” to African-Americans means this population could owe more than $8 million in penalties to the IRS for failure to buy insurance, Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, a Democrat…
  • Business Journal honors attorneys with Best of the Bar mixer

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    More than 160 people attended the Business Journal’s Best of the Bar reception on Thursday night. Slideshow: Best of the Bar Held at the Mix Downtown, the event honored local attorneys who were nominated by their peers to be recognized as top lawyers in the area. Look for our Best of the Bar publication Aug. 29.
  • Covered California names sales chief for individual and small business division

    Kathy Robertson
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Covered California has appointed Kirk Whelan to be director of its Individual and Small Business Sales Division and named Amy Palmer director of communications and public relations. This action fills two more spots in the executive ranks as the state health benefit exchange prepares for its second open enrollment period, which starts this fall. Whelan will replace Corky Goodwin, who has served on an interim basis, while Palmer is filling a vacant position. Small business advocates have complained…
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  • Decreasing stroke risk and preventable deaths for heart disease patients

    Vince Brennan
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    About 200,000 deaths from heart disease and stroke are preventable each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those preventable deaths are the focus of this week’s The Heart of Health Care issue inside the St. Louis Business Journal. We take a look at several new procedures in St. Louis, including a leadless pacemaker that is about the size of a AAA battery. Also, we talk to hypertension specialist Dr. Angela Brown about the latest cardiac funding news. And to round…
  • How you’re helping in Ferguson

    Kelly Moffitt
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    As violence subsides in Ferguson, St. Louis is looking toward ways to help Ferguson recover from the unrest there in myriad ways. In a survey we posted earlier this week, 58.5 percent of you said that you were getting involved in some way. Below, we’ve listed some of the ways you responded, with both tangible and intangible ideas on how to get involved. Around 16.7 percent of respondents said they were making donations and an equal 5.6 percent said they were patronizing local businesses and volunteering.…
  • Owners of St. Charles Great Harvest putting business up for sale

    Ben Unglesbee
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    When Donna Thibodeau walked by a Great Harvest Bread Company for the first time nearly 25 years ago, the smell of baking bread drew her inside it. At the time, she assumed the bakery was family-owned. Only later did she find out it was a chain, owned by a Montana company that makes its bread with Montana wheat berries. A few years later, Thibodeau and her husband, Mike, joined the franchise and started their own Great Harvest in St. Charles, at 3843 Mexico Road. Now, after more than 15 years, the…
  • Following trade, Allen Craig puts Chesterfield pad on the block

    Jacob Kirn
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    They're outta here. Allen Craig and wife Marie have put their 4,881-square-foot Chesterfield pad on the market. One assumes Torty Craig, the right fielder's pet tortoise, will be skipping town with them. The St. Louis Cardinals announced in late July a trade of Craig and pitcher Joe Kelly to the Boston Red Sox for veteran starting pitcher John Lackey. Craig, according to media reports at the time, was not happy about the move. Bad luck followed, as just one day after being traded, Craig sprained…
  • In fight with taxicab commission, Lyft appeals — and gets denied

    Brian Feldt
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Lyft’s request to have its case thrown out of a St. Louis Circuit courtroom was denied by Missouri’s Eastern District Court of Appeals this week. Lyft claimed that Judge Joan Moriarty, who has overseen its case with the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, exceeded her authority by previously extending a temporary restraining order against the company. Lyft filed a writ of prohibition against the court on Aug. 1. The appellate court denied the petition on Wednesday. Lyft is the peer-to-peer ride-sharing…
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  • Transaction Action: Land next to Pearl Brewery development on the sales block

    Tricia Lynn Silva
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    This special online feature details the real-estate sales, leases, new assignments and other deals that have recently taken place in San Antonio and other parts of Texas. Every week, we will post a new listing of some of the latest real estate news for our readers. Have some newsworthy real estate news to share? Contact real estate reporter Tricia Lynn Silva at tsilva@bizjournals.com. Sold! The Point Royale Apartment Homes has changed hands. Joe James, Kent Myers and J. Patrick Burke of the Austin…
  • Hill Country co-op launches strategy to support rural economic development

    James Aldridge
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Community & Economic Development team has launched a new regional website that is designed to promote the Texas Hill Country as a great place to invest in new retail, corporate headquarters, manufacturing or distribution facilities. The electric cooperative provides power to a 8,100-square mile service territory that includes some of the fastest-growing counties in the country. The new website, texashillcountrysiteselection.com, will be a resource for corporate…
  • Residential sales activity cools as summer comes to a close, SABOR reports

    Tricia Lynn Silva
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    After six consecutive months of increasing home prices, the greater San Antonio housing market took a pause in July, according to the latest Multiple Listing Service report by the San Antonio Board of Realtors (SABOR). As of July 2014, the average and median home price in the San Antonio MSA stood at $229,253 and $187,500, respectively. Both numbers represent a slight decrease in pricing — after six months of increases, according to Missy Stagers, 2014 chairman of the board for SABOR. “We…
  • Stars’ Danielle Robinson takes WNBA honors

    Susan Saporito
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    San Antonio Stars guard, Danielle Robinson, was named to the 2014 WNBA All-Defensive Second Team, the league announced today. Robinson’s inclusion marks her third straight All-Defensive honor. Robinson, who received 27 points in the voting process, led the Stars and ranked eighth in the WNBA in steals, averaging 1.67 per game in 2014. The WNBA All-Defensive Second Team also consists of guard Alana Beard of the Los Angeles Sparks (29 points), forward Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever (29 points),…
  • Frost/Weston Urban proposal includes 400,000-square-foot downtown office tower

    W. Scott Bailey
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The City of San Antonio could determine in a matter of months the fate of a proposed land deal involving Frost Bank and Graham Weston’s real estate firm Weston Urban LLC that, if approved, could significantly alter the downtown skyline. In late June, the city received an unsolicited proposal from Frost Bank and Weston Urban LLC. Officials with Frost/Weston Urban have outlined a plan in their detailed proposal that calls for Weston to develop a Class A office tower that would serves as the new…
 
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  • Step closer: Ex-49ers star tackles wearable tech for Parkinson's

    Ron Leuty
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Wearable technology may be all the rage when it comes to tracking your steps, but Jim Kovach believes it can provide some tangible information for Parkinson's disease patients as well. The former president of the Buck Institute for Aging Research in Novato, San Francisco 49ers linebacker and medical doctor is a cofounder of Beneufit Inc., a San Francisco company seeking to use wearable data to coach patients through exercise regimens shown to help Parkinson's patients. Exercise is important for…
  • New Clorox Building tenants gobble Oakland office space

    Adam Weintraub
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Two offices leases have filled up about one-fourth of all the vacant office space in the Clorox headquarters building at 1221 Broadway in Oakland, including one tenant that will relocate from offices in San Francisco. The deals, signed in the past week or so, will tighten up the Oakland Class A office market and show that the rising rents and competition for space in San Francisco are making Oakland look like a viable alternative for more potential tenants. As recently as August 1, the 520,000-square…
  • Details of Oakland’s Coliseum City project outlined in environmental study

    Eric Young
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    For the first time, many of the details of Oakland’s massive proposed $2 billion Coliseum City project are available today. The environmental impact document gives estimates of the size of the planned sports and entertainment district, residential neighborhood, retail and hotels. The project covers approximately 800 acres, bounded by 66th Avenue, San Leandro Street, Hegenberger Road and San Leandro Bay and the airport. Coliseum City, which would run between downtown Oakland and the Oakland International…
  • Upper Market retail association formed to address growing retail vacancy concerns

    Krystal Peak
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    The busy Upper Market corridor may be a popular shopping locale but with 28 storefronts vacant it is experiencing almost twice the city’s average vacancy rate, according to Socketsite. As plans are underway for more than 30,000 square-feet of retail space to enter the Castro/Upper Market area over the next four years, some are concerned that new development could put existing stores out of business and thrust the current 7 percent vacancy closer to 10 percent. To address this concern, a new…
  • Profiling the Inc. 500's Bay Area businesses: Venture-backed, less than $20 million in funding

    Cromwell Schubarth
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Among the Bay Area companies ton this year's Inc. 500 list, small venture-backed businesses dominated, accounting for more than half. A couple of the venture-backed businesses on the annual ranking of the country's 500 fastest growing private companies were either acquired (No. 7 Crescendo Bioscience, No. 243 LiveRail) or went public (No. 326 GoPro). Only a handful have raised more than $20 million, probably reflecting the bias in these sorts of rankings to smaller and younger companies that…
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  • Police probe laptop theft at VC firm Kleiner Perkins

    Sarah Drake
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is drawing a lot of attention today not because of a new venture-funding round. Police are investigating an incident involving the theft of laptops, monitors and a docking station stolen from the firm in July, Bloomberg reported. Tim Brackett, a sergeant with the Menlo Park Police Department, where the firm is based, said the incident happened between July 18 and July 21. In an Aug. 13 letter to New Hampshire's attorney general's office, Kleiner Perkins' General…
  • TPG in talks to acquire Cassidy Turley, Crains report says

    Nathan Donato-Weinstein
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Amid a wave of industry consolidation in commercial real estate, another big deal may be in the works. Private equity firm TPG Capital is in talks to acquire real estate services firm Cassidy Turley, Crain's reported earlier this week. News of a potential deal comes two months after TPG and other investors announced they would buy the international real estate firm DTZ from Sydney's UGL for $1.2 billion. The Crain's report said TPG could bring the two companies together to form a new powerhouse…
  • Profiling the Inc. 500's Bay Area businesses: Venture-backed, less than $20M in funding

    Cromwell Schubarth
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Among the Bay Area companies ton this year's Inc. 500 list, small venture-backed businesses dominated, accounting for more than half. A couple of the venture-backed businesses on the annual ranking of the country's 500 fastest growing private companies were either acquired (No. 7 Crescendo Bioscience, No. 243 LiveRail) or went public (No. 326 GoPro). Only a handful have raised more than $20 million, probably reflecting the bias in these sorts of rankings to smaller and younger companies that…
  • Ebola finds a new foe in crowd-funded startup

    Ron Leuty
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Where National Institutes of Health funding may fall short in combatting the ebola crisis, startup OncoSynergy Inc. expects the crowd will step in. The company hopes to use $10,000 captured on the science crowdfunding site Experiment to turn its experimental cancer-fighting monoclonal antibody against the deadly ebola virus that has ravaged parts of West Africa. Early in its Experiment campaign, OncoSynergy has raised just $250, but it has 30 days remaining to hit its goal. It also has partnered…
  • Why Twitter tops Google, Facebook and Apple in tech's corporate culture wars

    Lauren Hepler
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Corporate culture — whether it's expressed through employee perks like free food or anti-hierarchical management styles — is the Silicon Valley tech industry's hallmark selling point for employee recruiting and retention. For this year at least, it appears Twitter Inc. has done the most to win over employee hearts and minds with intangible cultural draws. That's according to career site Glassdoor's new list of the top 25 companies for culture and values for 2014, an annual survey based on anonymous…
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  • Boeing CEO Ray Conner takes Ice Bucket Challenge at Boeing Classic

    Rachel Lerman
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    It's not just Seattle tech leaders who are taking an icy plunge to benefit the ALS Association. Boeing CEO Ray Conner took part in the challenge Thursday at Snoqualmie Ridge while preparing for the Boeing Classic golf tournament. Conner was challenged by EVA Air Chairman K.W. Chang. He challenged CEO of Southwest Airlines Gary Kelly, Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson and CEO of GE Aviation David Joyce. "It's perfect, beautiful," Conner said as water poured over his head. The ALS Association has raised…
  • Seattle opens the door to Chinese tourists

    Rob Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Chinese tourists who visit Seattle’s El Gaucho steakhouse will soon have the option of ordering off menus printed in Mandarin Chinese. The restaurant is also recruiting Mandarin speaking servers and/or hostesses. “We’re going to see an explosion (of Chinese tourists) over the next few years,” said El Gaucho CEO Chad Mackay. He should know. Mackay is the former chairman of the Visit Seattle board of directors and now serves as chair of the finance committee. As we reported in this week’s…
  • Northwest business destiny sails through China

    Steven Goldsmith
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    China’s red-hot economic growth has been slowing, but that doesn’t mean companies in the Puget Sound area can ignore the world’s most populous country. As the (subscribers only) points out, China is projected to soon overtake Japan as Washington state’s No. 1 source of overseas tourists. But as tourism grows, investment from China in Washington companies has not kept pace. The PSBJ's Steve Wilhelm recently reported that Washington has attracted only 31 direct investments from China,…
  • Minneapolis hotel developer stakes claim in big Redmond project

    Marc Stiles
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    A Minneapolis company called CSM is the latest real estate developer to jump on the "let's build a hotel in the Puget Sound region" bandwagon. According to public records, CSM this week paid Capstone Partners $7.8 million for nearly one-and-three-quarter acres in Capstone's Esterra Park project, a 28-acre mixed-use development in Redmond near Microsoft's campus. CSM will build a hotel on the Esterra Park's northwest corner next to a future light-rail stop, Capstone Principal Mike Hubbard said Friday.…
  • Driscoll could be out: Evangelical Christians call for removal of Mars Hill leader

    Ashley Stewart
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    In the past month, some evangelical Christians have pushed for the removal of Seattle-based megachurch Mars Hill founder Mark Driscoll, and now The New York Times has closed in on the “evangelical bad boy’s” alleged missteps. Former Mars Hill members — including former staff members — allege Driscoll abused and threatened them, misused church funds and more. Mars Hill grew quickly in the Pacific Northwest, one of the nation’s most secular regions, The New York Times writes. It grew…
 
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  • Workers' comp insurance rates expected to decline

    Brian Bandell
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Workers’ compensation insurance rates could decline in 2015 for the first time in four years. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) proposed a 2.5 percent decline in workers’ comp rates effective Jan. 1. The rate filing said there have been fewer losses and claims. The decrease would vary by industry: 3.2 percent for manufacturing, 2.9 percent for contracting, 2.6 percent for goods and services, 2.4 percent for miscellaneous and 1.3 percent for office and clerical. It’s subject…
  • Wynwood code school's first graduates all working as developers

    Celia Ampel
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The first class of Wyncode graduates were all working as developers within a few weeks of the coding boot camp's end in July, co-founder Johanna Mikkola said. Of the 14 graduates of the nine-week program based at The LAB Miami in Wynwood, five are working on their own startups. Two stayed in developing jobs that they already had. Other graduates were hired by Wyncode’s local partners, including CareCloud, MDLIVE and Outform. RELATED CONTENT: Miami gets first independent coding school, Wyncode Matt…
  • Broward College-FIU open new campus - slideshow

    Brian Bandell
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Broward College and Florida International University have completed construction of their joint campus in Miramar. The Miramar West Center, at 1930 S.W. 145th Ave., totals 89,000 square feet and will be LEED certified. It was built by Kaufman Lynn Construction and designed by Perkins + Will. View the slideshow above for photos of the new building. The Broward College courses will focus on business, supply chain, management, global trade and logistics. FIU will have undergraduate programs in liberal…
  • Failed bank's executive aims to testify against former CEO

    Brian Bandell
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Jerome M. Ellis has changed his mind and now wants to testify against his former boss, Rory A. Brown, the founding chairman and CEO of the failed Lydian Private Bank. Ellis, the former executive VP and chief credit officer of the shuttered Palm Beach-based bank, stated in a July 31 declaration in federal court that he pleaded the Fifth Amendment during his civil deposition in 2012 because there was a pending government investigation. That deposition was part of a civil lawsuit against Brown by two…
  • FPL bills expected to decrease in 2015

    Celia Ampel
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Florida Power and Light expects residential customers to see monthly bills decline $2 beginning in January, the energy company announced Friday. The typical 1,000-kilowatt-hour bill will decrease from $101 a month to $99. Investments in fuel-efficient power plants made the bill decrease possible, according to the company. RELATED CONTENT: NextEra Energy, FPL's parent, posts $200 revenue increase "This is terrific news for our customers, particularly now as the cost of other essentials continues…
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  • BitPay exec: We paid ESPN for our sponsorship in bitcoin

    Chris Wilkerson
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    In keeping to his message that digital currency is as easy to use as cash and safer than a credit card, BitPay co-founder Tony Gallippi put his bitcoin where his mouth is this summer when he paid ESPN for a college football bowl game sponsorship in bitcoin. It had been joked about on Twitter and it was a topic of some speculation for months. Gallippi put the rumors to rest on Friday when he told a group of businesspeople in St. Petersburg that BitPay conducted the transaction in bitcoin. The…
  • Hyde Park Village lands new Mexican restaurant

    Ashley Gurbal Kritzer
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    A new name in Mexican food is coming to South Tampa. The first Florida location for bartaco — all one word, all lower case — is scheduled to open in Hyde Park Village, on the corner near lululemon athletica, across the street from the Village Green, said WS Development, the Massachusetts-based owner of the shopping complex. According to WS Development, bartaco "brings upscale street food with a coastal vibe in a relaxed environment." The Hyde Park bartaco will be the sixth location in the U.S.,…
  • Dow Electronics plugs into the Internet of Things

    Margie Manning
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    If you listen closely, you’ll hear it. All the electronic devices in your home are getting tuning up to talk to each other. The Internet of Things isn’t as far off as you might think, and it just got a little closer as Dow Electronics, one of the largest privately held companies in Tampa Bay, partnered with Nest, a home automation company that designs and manufactures sensor-driven, Wi-Fi-enabled and self-learning programmable thermostats, as well as smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors. Nest…
  • Inside the $47M refinancing of Netpark, Tampa's enclosed-mall-turned-office-park

    Ashley Gurbal Kritzer
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    Lori Bluett faced a number of obstacles when she went looking for a $47 million loan necessary to keep Netpark — the enclosed-mall-turned-indoor-office-park in Tampa — afloat. The $47.4 million loan — $42 million to pay off the previous mortgage and $5 million for renovations to the property — closed in July. Bluett declined to disclose the lender, but Hillsborough County property records show the lender is New York-based UBS Real Estate Securities Inc. Preparations for the renovation are…
  • Clarifire restructures as data center revamps labor needs

    Margie Manning
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    A recently opened data center that allows Clarifire to control its costs has had an impact on the company’s workforce. The St. Petersburg firm, which provides workflow automation products, today laid off five people out of its 185-person workforce, said Jane Mason, president and CEO. The company will continue to restructure, she said, and could eliminate another five positions by the end of the year. Clarifire is using contractors to leverage the power of its new data center, built with CenturyLink…
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  • Loudoun hopes to double attendance at this year’s Epicurience festival

    Rebecca Cooper
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Attendees at last year’s first Epicurience Virginia festival in Loudoun County had a great time, they said in surveys afterward, but some of the event’s vendors wished there had been a few more of them. The festival celebrating the culinary and wine offerings of Loudoun County and the rest of the commonwealth returns this year, and Loudoun tourism officials hope to increase the attendance at the grand tasting event in Leesburg’s Morven Park Aug. 30. Epicurience runs Aug. 29-31. “In an…
  • D.C.-area credit unions serving low-income members

    National Credit Union Administration
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The number of credit unions designated to serve low-income members has nearly doubled nationwide, from 1,140 to 2,107, in the two years since the National Credit Union Administration began a push to increase small business lending and financial literacy programs. Nearly two-dozen such credit unions exist in Greater Washington — here are the largest ones with total assets of at least $1 million. For the full story, go here.
  • Will Arlington's sweetened tech tax breaks be enough to keep Opower?

    Bill Flook
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    With little fanfare, the Arlington County Board in April unanimously moved to tweak its "technology zone" incentives, expanding the types of businesses eligible to receive a break on their business license (BPOL) tax. Most importantly, the incentives could now be applied to retain growing tech businesses already in the county, not just attract new ones. The move meant that Opower Inc. and others would likely now be eligible for an attractive new local tax cut. Following a report on Friday that…
  • GWU president on Corcoran: ‘A little more drama than we had expected’

    Rebecca Cooper
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    George Washington University President Steven Knapp was well aware of his university’s long history with the Corcoran legacy; the gallery and college’s founder, William Wilson Corcoran, helped build the first GWU building, after all. Knapp talked with me after the deal between the Corcoran Gallery and College of Art & Design, GWU and the National Gallery of Art closed Thursday. The past few weeks must have been tense, with the future of the deal resting with the court. Yes, there was maybe…
  • Designers' reactions as their Chuck Brown Memorial is unveiled (Video)

    Jennifer Nycz-Conner
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    It was part neighborhood gathering, part political rally, part celebration of a music legend's life and all dance party. That was the rainy scene during Friday's unveiling of the Chuck Brown Memorial at Langdon Park. We caught up with the memorial's designers, Michael Marshall and Paola Moya, principals of Marshall Moya LLC, after the ceremony but just as the party was getting going (that explains the thumping beat in our video). We asked them to share what it felt like to see all those sketches,…
 
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  • Here's the Charles Koch ice bucket challenge video

    Emily Behlmann
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The CEO of America's second-largest privately held company accepted the challenge from Wichita State Shockers men's basketball coach Gregg Marshall. Koch Industries posted a video to Facebook of Charles Koch's ice bucket challenge. Scroll down to see the post and video, or see it on Koch's Facebook page. The ice bucket challenge is a viral fund- and awareness-raising phenomenon for the ALS Association. The association has raised more than $50 million in the past three weeks to support research…
  • Charles Koch accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Gregg Marshall

    Daniel McCoy
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Wichita State University mens basketball coach Gregg Marshall only knows one way to do things: Go big or go home. Seems that carries over to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Marshall on Thursday challenged Charles Koch, CEO of Wichita-based Koch Industries, in the ALS fundraising drive that has now raised more $50 million. And Koch has accepted. The company tells me he will be getting doused around 4 p.m. Friday and that it will post video afterward to its Facebook page. The person charged with…
  • Marvin Fisher’s new indoor football team expected to have strong ties to Wichita Wild era

    Josh Heck
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Marvin Fisher knows indoor football in Wichita. He attended Wichita Wild games Hartman Arena in Park City and occasionally the team’s practices. Team leaders granted him access to players, coaches and their families. Fisher and his wife, Vickie, regularly brought ice cream for the team on Thursdays, and players were often invited to dinner at their home. Marvin Fisher also helped players with job opportunities and served as a life coach. Players affectionately call Vickie Fisher “Momma Vickie.” She…
  • Spirit AeroSystems stock hits 52-week high

    Daniel McCoy
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Stock in Spirit AeroSystems Inc. hit a 52-week high on Friday, climbing to $37.90 during the day’s trading. As of late afternoon, Spirit (NYSE: SPR) was still trading at $37.70, up 1.8 percent from the previous close. Canadian investment firm Onex Corp., which bought and created Spirit out of Boeing’s commercial aircraft operations in Wichita, sold its final shares in the company earlier this month. But that hasn’t hurt the value of the stock, as the company continues to rise on the wave…
  • The future of 3D printing and aerospace manufacturing (Video)

    Daniel McCoy
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    Where is 3D printing heading? As it turns out, about anywhere you can imagine. Three-dimensional printing is becoming more mainstream, and as the cover story in the latest weekly edition of the Wichita Business Journal examines, it is increasingly being utilized by Wichita aviation suppliers. But it won’t just be in industries like manufacturing and healthcare — which already uses it for things like prosthetics and anatomical models — where the technology could take off. There is expected…
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