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COVER STORY: EDC TAKES COMMAND
EDC Chairman Reid Shockey says the group's five-year strategic plan is aimed at boosting the county's economy and quality of life

The Washington Research Council's details a decade of growth in the region

Leaders of the commercial real estate industry discuss the impacts of the economy and technology on their field

CB Richard Ellis reports on the county's commercial space situation for the end of 2000 and the start of 2001

BUSINESS NEWS
Snohomish County PUD begins the year with electricity-rate increases

Boeing hires Thomas Pickering to focus on the global market

Aerospace company's Lean Enterprise has fattened profits

The jobless rate drops in the county but increases statewide

Accountant Bill Reith is among a number of business people who volunteer their time to teach children about the U.S. economy

The Multiple Listing Service reports that 'work-force housing' is scarce in Snohomish and King counties

The Port of Edmonds tweaks its master-plan proposal to include partial realignment of Admiral Way

CONSTRUCTION
Work on The Nautica project, a residential/retail complex in downtown Everett, is under way

Topcon Laser Systems' high-tech products are saving contractors time and money

A Sultan-based trailer-maker focuses on quality and customers' needs when building rigs

BUSINESS PROFILES
George Doug Bowls and his crew of craftsmen create spiral staircases for customers around the globe

Arlington-based Xantrex's bottom line is powered by alternative energy sources

COLUMNS
Realty Markets: Brokers continue to be community boosters even as market dynamics change

Market Pulse: Redeveloping downtown Everett's older buildings could bring new opportunity

Economic Outlook: Across the county, cities and towns are taking part in economic development

Financial Focus: The secret to successful investing is to stay calm during a jittery market

Computer Q&A: Begin the year by evaluating your system and improving its efficiency

Internet Marketing: Niche keywords are part of a strategy to lure would-be customers to your business Web site

Managing People: Get the scoop on federal and state ergonomic rules

Business 101: Take steps to ensure your company's product doesn't become a commodity

Manager's Memo: Make the time and effort to recharge your career

Business Writing: E-mail can be an effective tool, but beware of sloppy, unprofessional usage

Health Care: Employers can take steps to reduce workplace stress

OPINION
The Economic Development Council's strategy plan is good news for the county

BUSINESS BRIEFS

PEOPLE WATCHING

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