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  •  Microsoft and Boeing are primo fer sure (8+ / 0-)

    Other hot economic drivers:
    *Starbucks
    *Amazon
    *Google (has a big presence and expanding facilities)
    *Costco, Nordstrom, REI
    *Joint Base Lewis McChord (sprawling Army-Air Force Base in Tacoma)
    *Port of Tacoma
    *Eastern Washington grain (and ag in general, big business)
    *Timber like nobody else (okay, Oregon and Alaska)
    *Cheapest electricity in the country
    *Magical beards (hah!)

    •  Port of Tacoma? (1+ / 0-)
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      kyril

      The Port of Tacoma creates a lot of jobs by sending Walmart's containers to points east.

      I thought that foreign trade was supposed to create poverty?

      And then there's the stores in Blaine that sell things to Canadians trying to dodge the VAT.

      •  Port of Tacoma (6+ / 0-)

        Wal-mart may be a component of their traffic, whatever moral quandries that may present there is no denying their economic impact:

        The Port of Tacoma is considered an "economic engine" for the region. A study released in July 2005 highlighted the Port's economic impact at both the local and state level:
        More than 43,000 jobs in Pierce County are related to the Port of Tacoma's activities.
        More than 113,000 jobs in Washington State are related to the Port's activities.
        Port-related jobs generate $637 million in annual wages in Pierce County.
        Port activities generate more than $90 million annually in state and local taxes in Washington state.

        Washington State is the most trade-dependent state in the nation -- one out of three jobs are related to international trade.

        Source
      •  Well... (1+ / 0-)
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        Dirtandiron

        it hasn't helped the low wage earners who used to work in manufacturing but now work at Walmart, or the other retail workers who have seen their own earnings reduced as a result of Walmart's market domination.

        "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

        by happy camper on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 06:24:07 AM PDT

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    •  Good point (0+ / 0-)

      I'd put Amazon and Google under the "Microsoft" banner.  But Costco and Nordstrom and REI are all another development track.  But now you've screwed up my pithy "two words" comment.

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