Whatcom Business Newsletter


Unemployment rate drops in Whatcom County

Whatcom County's unemployment rate dropped significantly in June as some jobs were added, but the labor force also shrunk.

James Street Road in Bellingham closed six months to rebuild bridges

BELLINGHAM - Commuters drive to work as if on auto-pilot sometimes, taking the same route day after day.

Construction crews rip out one of two failing wooden bridges on James Street Road, between Woodstock Way and East Orchard Drive, on Monday, July 21, 2014 in Bellingham. The street will be widened to include bicycle lanes, a sidewalk, a center turn lane and street lighting. Construction will continue for the next six months.

Bellingham to push ahead with downtown development plan after properties drop out

BELLINGHAM - A partnership between the city and private property owners will continue after one landowner dropped out of the effort to find a way ...

This artist's rendering from Zervas GBD shows potential development of a portion of Bellingham's Old Town district known as the Army Street project, as proposed by Bellingham Public Development Authority. This rendering is an aerial view looking southwest toward the former Georgia-Pacific West In. property and Bellingham Bay.

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Bellingham plan aims to improve downtown park, provide mental health services

BELLINGHAM - In an effort to improve downtown and Maritime Heritage Park, Bellingham groups are trying to give people with mental illnesses and substance...

Kary Thomas walks through Maritime Heritage Park on her lunch break Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in downtown Bellingham. "I walk through the park a couple times a week," Thomas said. "The walk does get a little awkward at times."

Longtime Bellingham auto mechanic ready to retire

A longtime Bellingham businessman known to many as "The Australian" has decided to retire.

Owner Ian Rumford, 72, at Northwest Auto & Electric in Bellingham Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Rumford is closing the business  after 39 years.

Two law offices open in Bellingham

Two law firms recently opened offices in downtown Bellingham.

Port of Bellingham continues negotiations with potential waterfront developer Harcourt

BELLINGHAM - The Port of Bellingham commissioners have agreed to continue negotiations with Dublin-based Harcourt Developments Limited on plans to...

The Granary Building on Bellingham's waterfront, built in 1928 as the focal point of a once-booming egg and poultry business in Whatcom County, is just one of many sites being considered for redevelopment by the Port of Bellingham.