Walla Walla Trends e-Newsletter

#1 - 2017

NEWS FROM THE PORT

UNION-BULLETIN EDITORIAL
MIKE FREDRICKSON, COMMISSIONER - PORT OF WALLA WALLA - BURBANK BUSINESS & INDUSTRIAL PARKS

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As you make your drive west on U.S. Highway 12 in the western area of Walla Walla County before you cross the Snake River Bridge on the left-hand side you will see the Port of Walla Walla's Burbank Business & Industrial Park. The Burbank Business & Industrial Parks are now served by Port provided municipal water and sewer services along with the associated roadway network. The Port of Walla Walla's Burbank Business & Industrial Parks are becoming an important economic engine for the Walla Walla County by providing jobs, private capital investment, taxes, and transportation solutions to the area.

The Port's Burbank Industrial Park along the Snake River edge, is approximately 110 acres of heavy industrial zoned property. It is home to such businesses as: Schnitzer Steel, a global leader in the metals recycling industry that transports scrap steel, via barge, to the Portland, Oregon area; Northwest Grain Growers, a grain and feed company that transports grains, via barge, to the Portland, Oregon area; The Scoular Company, a supply…


INDICATOR NEWS

HANS ROSLING - THE BEST STATS VISUALIZATION YOU'VE EVER SEEN

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Times are changing - you don't have to be a complete data geek to enjoy data. With new visualizations and a variety of ways to compare data, it sometimes seems like new data presentations are appearing daily - some good and some not-so good.

On the good side, Hans Rosling, has a unique way of how he wants us to look at data. As a professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, he realized that there was "broad ignorance about the rapid health improvement in Asia" and in response, developed a tongue-in-cheek "Chimpanzee Test" as part of…



BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD HEALTH INDEX

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According to Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), the "Health Index was designed to support national and local discussions about how to improve American health policy and practice. It is part of Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies' commitment to improving the health of America by uniting policymakers, community leaders, healthcare professionals and business leaders around data-driven insights to spark real change. It provides a better understanding about which diseases and conditions most greatly affect Americans' overall quality of life."

Using internally generated data from…

WASHINGTON TRACKING NETWORK (WTN) - LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH DATA

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"The Washington Tracking Network (WTN) is a public website where users can find data and information about environmental health hazards, population characteristics, and health outcomes."

Subtitled as "A Source for Environmental Public Health Data", the website is supported by a Cooperative Agreement, the Washington State Department of Health provides the content of the (WTN) website.

The WTN website is a multi-layered, interactive website. Users can access…


INDICATORS IN ACTION

SHARE OF HOMEOWNERS GENERALLY MATCHING BENCHMARKS -

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For most U.S. families, the home is the greatest asset in their economic portfolio. A recent study commissioned by the Consumer Federation of America and Fannie Mae concluded that homeownership is the main path to wealth and housing security for lower-income and minority Americans.

This indicator consists of the combined counties of Walla Walla and Columbia. In 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau combined combined the geographic locations of Walla Walla and Columbia Counties to form the 379th largest Metropolitan…

MERCHANDISE EXPORTS SLUMPED IN 2015 WHILE SHARE OF STATE REMAINS CONSTANT -

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Exports abroad, defined as goods and services shipped out of one country and into another, are strong job creators and drive many markets. Firms that export often create large economic impacts in a local or regional economy. Dollars received for their goods and services are clearly "new" to the local or regional economy as the exported goods are replaced with what could be considered imported money. In addition, workers in export-oriented companies usually command higher wages than those selling strictly to the local…

SHARE OF DEATHS BY TOP-4 CAUSES DECREASING SLOWLY OVER TIME -


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Although not a pleasant title, the data of this indicator provide insight into the health of the county population. If one dies from a condition, then it is likely that the person has lived with it for several years. Indicator 4.1.2 gives the four leading causes of death. Starting with the fourth largest contributor, we see that while representing 4.4% of deaths in 2015, stroke's share of all deaths has nearly halved since 1998 in Walla Walla.

According to the National Stroke…

POPULATION ENROLLED IN SNAP ON A TWO-YEAR DECLINE -

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service, President John F. Kennedy's "first Executive Order called for expanded food distribution and, on Feb. 2, 1961, he announced that food stamp pilot programs would be initiated." In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson requested Congress pass a law making the food stamp program permanent. By 1974, the food stamps program was available across the nation with, nearly 14 million participants.

The Food Stamp Act of 1977, although…