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Everyone knows the economic monoliths that have driven the Puget Sound economy — Boeing and Microsoft. 

That dominance in Seattle is being enhanced by high tech giant Amazon and other digital companies turning out job openings and service industry needs that support the sector, all of it proving there’s a good reason Seattle is worth a mention after Silicon Valley when national stories are published on booming tech markets.  read more »


By Tim Kelly - KPBJ editor

China is the world’s most populous country, and millions of its citizens who travel abroad are affluent tourists who love coming to America. A recent CNN Money article noted that Chinese visitors to the United States jumped from under 400,000 in 2007 to almost 1.5 million in 2012, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. And in 2012 those travelers spent almost $9 billion in the U.S. read more »

Poulsbo couple stages Roots Rock Trail Running series to promote North Kitsap as outdoor venue

By Terri Gleich - For KPBJ 

Photo credit: Larry Steagall) (Caption for photo slugged “Poulsborun1”: Poulsbo Running owner Brooke Hammett, left, helps regular customer Larry Asher of Poulsbo with a new pair of running shoes. Hammett and her husband, Chris, organize the Roots Rock Trail Running series.)When Chris and Brooke Hammett created a series of Port Gamble trail running races in 2006, they wanted to do more than just promote their new running store. They also wanted to promote the trails.

“We really wanted people to realize what they have in their own backyard in terms of the trails there,” said Brooke Hammett, whose Poulsbo Running sells shoes and apparel for runners and triathletes. read more »

Gig Harbor will host inaugural Cider Swig as fall attraction

By Rodika Tollefson - KPBJ contributor

When Crystie and Keith Keiser began making hard cider at their organic farm, Finnriver, they and their partner, Eric Jorgenson, were at the forefront of a new movement. Now the cidery in Chimacum (between Port Ludlow and Port Townsend) is open seven days a week for visitors who want to stop by for a tasting. read more »


By Rodika Tollefson

KPBJ contributor

Bainbridge Island is a popular destination any time of the year, but the last Sunday of each February the island sees a particular swarm of activity. Thousands of bicyclists ride around the island for Chilly Hilly, a Cascade Bicycle Club event that kicks off the bicycling season. read more »


The Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail — a network of 79 locations where paddlers can launch vessels, take breaks or camp — has been designated a national water trail by the National Park Service.

Kitsap’s 371-mile route joins 15 other national water trails that range from routes on the Mississippi River to island loops in the Great Lakes. Kitsap’s trail is the only one in Washington and the second on the West Coast. The Kitsap trail is the first routed entirely on saltwater. read more »

A $1.1 million investment already paying dividends, operator says

By Jennifer Hayes KPBJ contributor  read more »


A restored 1924 ferry that is moored at the Bremerton Marina and will be used as a floating venue for social events. (Tim Kelly Photo)For a guy who says he never wanted to be a seafarer, Christian Lint sure loves boats and has logged thousands of miles as a tugboat captain on oceangoing voyages.

He recently piloted the MV Kirkland into the Bremerton Marina, where the 1924 wooden-hulled vessel will be moored and used a waterfront events venue. The Kirkland’s sailing days are over, but it has a long history as a Columbia River car ferry read more »

The Business of Tourism

Pierce Transit is operating a trolley service this summer in Gig Harbor with support from the city and local businesses and organizations.It took several public and private-sector attempts and more than a decade, but Gig Harbor finally got its trolley service. Pierce Transit launched a pilot project in July with a daily route connecting the westside shopping area with downtown.

Pierce Transit, with the help of several community investors, achieved a version of what many others have tried over the years, including a previous mayor, the City Council and at least one private entity. read more »

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