Ross Reynolds speaks with Dave Waggoner, who's leaving as airport director at Paine Field in Everett after 22 years on the job.
Paine Field was a Depression-era project as part of the Works Progress administration. It was believed at the time that it would be a "super airport." Although Sea-Tac has turned into Western Washington's super airport, Paine Field actually generates more economic activity.
After decades of competing for cargo business, the ports of Seattle and Tacoma are forming an unlikely alliance to fight new competitors.
The ports have been struggling with sudden sea changes. Shipping companies are themselves forming alliances and combining cargo into gigantic ships that will be discriminating in their choice of ports.
The Seattle City Council is poised to approve new regulations governing microhousing. The bill would set new minimum requirements for tiny apartments and dorm-style projects. Developers say the regulations would kill off these projects entirely.
Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 3:46 pm
Burnout at work seems like a fact of life, especially with employers cutting back on leave benefits.
But some companies are trying novel fixes. In addition to boosting morale, some employers say, eliminating burnout can increase productivity and profitability.
At Aptify, a Virginia software company, burnout was a problem a few years ago. Projects demanded long hours, which affected motivation and morale. It's a medium-size firm, with 200 workers, but at the time, procedures seemed overly corporate and cumbersome.
Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 8:23 am
Supermarkets and restaurants serve up more than 400 million pounds of food each year, but nearly a third of it never makes it to a stomach.
With consumers demanding large displays of unblemished, fresh produce, many retailers end up tossing a mountain of perfectly edible food. Despite efforts to cut down on all that waste, in the U.S., the consumer end of the food chain still accounts for the largest share. It comes down to shoppers demanding stocked shelves, buying too much and generally treating food as a renewable resource.
Ross Reynolds talks with Elizabeth Smith, assistant director of fraud prevention and labor standards at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, about how the state is working to address worker misclassification and other types of wage fraud.
Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 3:11 pm
The latest reading on unemployment in Washington state shows the rate holding steady in August at 5.6 percent. That's half a percentage point below the national rate according to a report from Washington's employment department Wednesday.