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Burien Council continues work on economic development plan

Burien Council continues work on economic development plan

by Jack Mayne Most of the Monday night (Sept. 8) special Burien City Council meeting was given over to how to spell out specific actions to carry out a city economic plan, a plan that has been in the works... [Read more]

New City Manager Kamuron Gurol is bullish on Burien’s future

New City Manager Kamuron Gurol is bullish on Burien’s future

Kamuron Gurol has been on the job as Burien’s new city manager for only four months, yet this has afforded him more than enough time to become bullish on the city’s future…

Burien City Council slates Sept. 27 public meeting on city’s economy

Burien City Council slates Sept. 27 public meeting on city’s economy

by Jack Mayne For several weeks, the Burien City Council has been meeting almost weekly to hash out a draft of the community’s economic development plan to be presented to and debated at a public meeting... [Read more]

Burien City Council begins hashing out economic development goals

Burien City Council begins hashing out economic development goals

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council spent much of a special meeting Monday night (July 28) beginning to hash out a plan for the city’s future economic development. The Council had, in June, completed... [Read more]

Burien City Council wrestles with new economic development plan

Burien City Council wrestles with new economic development plan

by Jack Mayne Developing an “Economic Development Strategic Plan” for Burien turned into a two-plus hour debate Monday night on the best way to reverse the economic stagnation in the city. A final... [Read more]

REMINDER: Resident asks Readers to take survey on Economic Development

REMINDER: Resident asks Readers to take survey on Economic Development

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Hello Neighbors and Residents of Burien, Please... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Citizen/Consumer Voice needs to be in new Economic Development Plan’

LETTER: ‘Citizen/Consumer Voice needs to be in new Economic Development Plan’

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff: Burien’s Citizen/Consumer voice needs to be reflected in the new Economic Development Plan…

Burien Council to review new Economic Development Strategic Plan in March

Burien Council to review new Economic Development Strategic Plan in March

Burien business leaders – including members of the Business and Economic Development Partnership – will soon get what they have wished for…

Amended Burien budget reflects slight improvement in City’s economy

Amended Burien budget reflects slight improvement in City’s economy

Burien councilmembers unanimously approved at their Dec. 2 meeting amendments to the city’s 2013-14 biennial budget that reflect improving economic conditions locally. With frugal budget management,... [Read more]

City holding Public Forum on Economic Development Strategic Plan Oct. 10

City holding Public Forum on Economic Development Strategic Plan Oct. 10

The City of Burien announced that it will be holding a Public Forum on its Economic Development Strategic Plan on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 6 – 8 p.m. at City Hall. “Learn about the development... [Read more]

B-TOWN BIZ: Empty storefronts starting to fill as businesses move into Burien

B-TOWN BIZ: Empty storefronts starting to fill as businesses move into Burien

Empty storefronts in Burien – and their impact on local business activity and city tax revenues – have been a major source of concern since the start of the “great recession” five years ago…

SHOP LOCAL: Help Your Area Merchants – Today is ‘Small Business Saturday’!

SHOP LOCAL: Help Your Area Merchants – Today is ‘Small Business Saturday’!

Today (Saturday, Nov. 24) is “Small Business Saturday,” so please try to make a point of doing some local shopping right here in your own community! Most shops and merchants are open today,... [Read more]

Introducing Our Brand New, All-Local Indie Online Store – ‘Shop SoKing’!

Introducing Our Brand New, All-Local Indie Online Store – ‘Shop SoKing’!

We’d like to introduce our Readers to a brand new, fully homegrown initiative that, thanks to Seattle-based Buck, we’re launching within our network of six local blogs – Shop SoKing –... [Read more]

Highline Medical Center Lays Off At Least 24 Full-Time Employees

Highline Medical Center Lays Off At Least 24 Full-Time Employees

by Scott Schaefer Burien’s Highline Medical Center announced late last week that it will be outsourcing its business office, resulting in the layoffs of at least 24 full-time employees, effective... [Read more]

City Seeking Economic Development Manager Following Dick Loman’s Retirement

City Seeking Economic Development Manager Following Dick Loman’s Retirement

The City of Burien is seeking to hire a “new, top-notch Economic Development Manager,” following Dick Loman’s retirement. Pay is $6,798 – $8,263 per month depending on experience,... [Read more]

Highline Mayors Say Local Economies Show Signs Of Improvement

Highline Mayors Say Local Economies Show Signs Of Improvement

Burien Mayor Joan McGilton. by Ralph Nichols Things are looking better in three Highline communities, the mayors of these cities said recently during their annual updates to members of the Southwest King... [Read more]

B-TOWN BIZ: Normandy Park Store ‘Benson’s Best Bites’ Bites The Dust

B-TOWN BIZ: Normandy Park Store ‘Benson’s Best Bites’ Bites The Dust

Benson’s Best Bites, a specialty food store located in Normandy Park’s Manhattan Village shopping complex (near QFC), has closed. Open since October 2008, and owned by Ezra and Loie Benson…

B-TOWN BIZ: Olde Burien Business ‘Zizia’ Will Be Closing Shop April 2nd

B-TOWN BIZ: Olde Burien Business ‘Zizia’ Will Be Closing Shop April 2nd

If Tuesday was any indication, Zizia will be closed before planned (the first week of April). Anna Vornbrock, owner of Zizia in Olde Burien, said she was “slammed” March 1st, the first day of her going-out-of-business sale..

Bernie & Boys, A North Burien Fixture, Will Be Closing After 16 Years

Bernie & Boys, A North Burien Fixture, Will Be Closing After 16 Years

by Ralph Nichols Tom Salle’s repeated comment to customers at his meat counter says it all. So does a message posted on printer paper around the store. Bernie and Boys, a local fixture in Burien and... [Read more]

Starting From Scratch At 71: One Man’s Plan To Reach Financial Independence, One Trade At a Time

Starting From Scratch At 71: One Man’s Plan To Reach Financial Independence, One Trade At a Time

by Nicholas Johnson Jim Todd, 71, and his wife Karen, 63, sit side-by-side in computer chairs, each roaming the Internet on their respective computers. Karen sits back as she picks up a lit Swisher Sweets... [Read more]

Moody’s Ups Burien’s Bond Rating In Time For Asphalt Overlay Project

Moody’s Ups Burien’s Bond Rating In Time For Asphalt Overlay Project

by Ralph Nichols Burien had “a great sale” of bonds on Aug. 16 totaling about $8.7 million to pay for the first phase of the city wide asphalt overlay project, city council members were told at their... [Read more]

“City In Good, Stable Financial Condition” As 2011-12 Budget Is Presented

“City In Good, Stable Financial Condition” As 2011-12 Budget Is Presented

by Ralph Nichols “The city is in good, stable financial condition” as work begins on Burien’s 2011-12 biennial budget, interim Finance Director Gary Coleman recently reported to council members. “We’re... [Read more]

Urban Partners Anticipates Imminent Settlement Over Town Square Complex

Urban Partners Anticipates Imminent Settlement Over Town Square Complex

by Ralph Nichols Despite recent notice of a pending foreclosure action against the condominium/retail complex in Burien Town Square, negotiations between Urban Partners and ST Residential have progressed... [Read more]

NW MLS Releases July Report, Claims Housing Market Hits “Trifecta”

NW MLS Releases July Report, Claims Housing Market Hits “Trifecta”

The Northwest Multiple Listing Service, which is the largest full-service real estate listing service, released a statement announcing that housing activity in July showed slight improvement from the previous... [Read more]

Could Burien Nissan Be Re-Opening? Here’s Another Craigslist Job Listing

Could Burien Nissan Be Re-Opening? Here’s Another Craigslist Job Listing

A Craigslist Ad posted Sunday night (July 25) indicates that a company called Car Pros may be re-opening Burien Nissan, which has been closed and vacant since last March. However, this isn’t the... [Read more]

Burien “Seeing A Little Bit Of Improvement” In Sales Tax Revenue

Burien “Seeing A Little Bit Of Improvement” In Sales Tax Revenue

by Ralph Nichols Burien is “seeing a little bit of improvement” in sales tax revenue collected by the city, according to Accounting Manager Gary Coleman. Collections for March, which were received... [Read more]