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

    Other hot economic drivers:
    *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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      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.

      •  Well... (1+ / 0-)
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        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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