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Why This Global Economic Crisis Is Different

Column by Edward Alden, Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor at Western.

One of the remarkable things about the global economic order since World War II has been the flexibility of governments in responding to serious crises. From stagflation and the collapse of the Bretton Woods…

Native projects for renewable energy discussed at Studium

Reuben Martinez, a member of the Makah Tribe, will discuss “Energy Sovereignty: Exploring Renewable Energy Projects with Tribal Nations” at 12:30 p.m. Thursday during the Peninsula College’s Studium Generale.

The free virtual presentation is available at …

Southbound border traffic into Whatcom County the highest since 2000

While Whatcom County residents have noted the impact of Canadian shoppers in recent years, traffic numbers indicate 2011 was the first year of significant change.
Last year 14.2 million people traveled southbound across Whatcom County's five border crossings, a 19.9 percent increase…

Europe on the mind of regional economists at Bellingham forum

While some data points toward slow, steady improvement in the economy next year, a panel of economists are troubled by the credit woes in Europe and whether they might visit the U.S.
The 22nd annual U.S. Bank Economic Outlook Forum, held at the Bellingham Golf & Country Club on Tuesday…

The Coal Pipeline: In Pacific Northwest, A Local Battle Has Global Fallout

The flyer and I landed in Matt Krogh's Bellingham office on the same October afternoon. I had stopped by to hear why he thought building the country's largest coal port just north of town was a bad idea; the four-page full-color mailing had arrived to try to convince him otherwise.…

Bellingham's City Club to host presentation on local economic development

Bellingham City Club will host a presentation about local economic development at its upcoming monthly meeting.
The presentation will be done by Hart Hodges, director of Western Washington University's Center on Economics and Business Research. The event will start with a buffet lunch…

Economists: Cargo terminal would bring fewer construction jobs, slightly more permanent ones

The Gateway Pacific Terminal project at Cherry Point could create more than 1,200 permanent jobs when indirect impacts are factored in, three local economists said Thursday, Oct. 27, at a Bellingham-Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry breakfast presentation.
The economists -…

New study points to jobs from Bellingham coal port

Three Bellingham economists Thursday released research supporting a previous study commissioned by Gateway Pacific Terminal, estimating that a proposed new export terminal at Cherry Point north of Bellingham would employ up to 430 “direct” jobs and generate another 843 “indirect and induced”…

WWU speaker to talk about financial illiteracy Nov. 16

Pamela Whalley, director of the Center for Economic and Financial Education at Western Washington University, will talk about financial illiteracy in her presentation, "Nice People Don't Talk About it," at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 in Communications Facility 110.

Experts see possible turning point in Canadian shopping in Whatcom County

This past summer may have been a turning point when it comes to Canadian shopping in Whatcom County.
The increase in southbound traffic in recent months was one of several topics at a seminar Thursday, Oct. 13, about the impact fluctuating exchange rates have on a regional economy. The…

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