Like many of greater Seattle’s suburban commercial districts, Lynnwood’s is a tedious landscape of strip malls, parking lots and squat office buildings. As Gertrude Stein famously remarked about Oakland, California, there’s no there there.

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Seattle Business spoke with Curt Fraser of Chase Commercial Banking about Washington state’s advanced manufacturing techniques, living-wage jobs that sustain community, and overcoming the skills gap through programs like New Skills at Work, Challenge Seattle and the Seattle Regional Partnership.

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has long been a true partner to the region. We’ve supported and put muscle behind many key initiatives to make our region an economically vibrant place where everyone has the opportunity to succeed and to access a thriving quality of life.

Andy Jassy, who was recently named CEO of Amazon Web Services, says the cloud computing business is just getting started and has a bright future in enterprise computing. Jassy started at Amazon right out of Harvard Business School in 1997, just three weeks before Amazon’s initial public offering.

There’s a good chance you work at a company that made the list pf most powerful Northwest brands. You may have strong opinions about who should or shouldn’t have made this list. You may feel proud, surprised, not surprised and relieved to see some of the names here. And, when you think about it, you may or may not be able to put a finger on why you feel the way you do.

On a recent visit to New York City, I said, “You’ll never catch me riding a bike around Manhattan.” Heck, you’ll never catch me riding a bike around Seattle.

Elena Donio became a Concur employee in 1998 when it acquired the company she was working for at the time. She became president of the Bellevue-based provider of travel-and-expense management solutions in 2014 when Concur was acquired by the multinational software firm, SAP.

Hope is returning to downtown Tacoma, thanks to a growing interest in the city’s affordable housing, a strengthening commercial office market and a downtown core filled with historic buildings primed for refurbishment.