Walla Walla Trends e-Newsletter

#2 - 2017

NEWS FROM THE PORT


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What's going on at the Walla Walla Regional Airport? The Walla Walla Regional Airport is flying high this year with many new and positive activities.

Vacancy of our existing buildings in the Airport District is nearing 0%. The tenants in the Airport District are diverse (from manufacturing to wineries to contractors) and employ over 200+ employees.

Construction of Phase One of the Taxiway reconstruction project is underway at a cost of $8,220,000. The taxiway has not been substantially upgraded since its construction in the 1940's by the military. The new design and base mix will meet the Federal Aviation Administration's design and construction criteria to safely accommodate current and future air traffic. Additional Federal discretionary dollars are forthcoming to award the second phase of the reconstruction project. Phase Two is slated to commence and be completed next summer at a cost of $7,049,000. The FAA is a major monetary contributor for both phases at 91.88% of the costs.

Construction of the Terminal Parking Lot Expansion project will resume this month after experiencing a winter shut down due to the inclement weather this past fall/winter, and dealing with new stormwater regulations. This much needed additional parking lot will add 200+ "FREE" parking…


INDICATOR NEWS

CDC 2015 COMMUNITY HEALTH STATUS INDICATORS

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The Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI), from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is an online web application that produces health status profiles for each of the 3,143 counties in the United States and the District of Columbia. The CHSI has been around since 2000 when it was released in "hard copy format" and was produced in its first interactive website in 2008. The CHSI 2015 redesign provides a completely revamped interactive experience, offers an updated list of "peer counties" for purposes of benchmarking, and a summary comparison sheet. The summary…


DATA.WA.GOV - "THE GENERAL PURPOSE OPEN DATA PORTAL FOR THE STATE OF WASHINGTON"

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This data hub provides access to data sites in Washington State such as: Fiscal.WA.gov, geography.WA.gov, business.WA.gov, Results.WA.gov, education research, a "new and notable" section, a "general data catalog" for the state, and education research.

Data.wa.gov is much more than numbers. For example, selecting on the Transportation section takes you to the Washington State Department of Transportation Maps & Data page with access to live traffic maps, free printable…

CHILD WELL-BEING DATA PORTAL - WASHINGTON STATE COUNTY REPORTS


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Provided for each county in Washington State with populations over 25,000 people, the Washington County reports from the Child Well-Being Data Portal in a PDF format. Produced quarterly, the portal reports on "two major parts of the child welfare system: "Investigations & Assessments and Out-of-Home Care".

Specific to Walla Walla County, as of January 1, 2017, there were a total of 113 open investigations and assessments and as of April 1, 2017, there were a total of and 113 open out-of-home care cases with 43% of these involving children under 5-years of age.

INDICATORS IN ACTION

WALLA WALLA TOTAL BANK DEPOSITS STILL RECOVERING FROM 2010 DECLINE -

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As Americans, we often hear about the importance of saving and that as a nation, perhaps we aren't saving as much as experts recommend. But with total deposits in FDIC-insured banks still recovering from the Great Recession, it might be a safe leap to assume that personal savings are probably still recovering as well. Although this is not currently the brightest metric for Walla Walla, the silver lining is that 2016 still produced the 5th highest total deposits in FDIC-insured banks in Walla Walla County since 1994, Still, per capita deposits haven't recovered at the same pace as total deposits.

Until 2010, the per capita, annual Deposits at Local FDIC-Insured Commercial and Savings Banks in Walla Walla…

TOTAL TAXABLE RETAIL SALES CONTINUING IN POSITIVE TRAJECTORY -

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Annual taxable retail sales represents one of the most important measures of the size and changes in a local economy, providing a smaller more specified picture than Metro Gross Domestic Product calculations. Since consumption spending forms the largest part of any economy, this information is invaluable to area governments and businesses.

While Total Taxable Retail Sales does not provide a complete picture of spending, as Washington State does not tax food, drugs and some services, it does show the sales from retail trade, agriculture, forestry…


LOCAL JOB GROWTH HAS BEEN SPORADIC; LAGS THE STATE -

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Job creation and putting people to work is a hot button topic that extends beyond the economy. In its most basic form, having a job allows people an opportunity to earn the financial means to function in life. For many, work is source of pride and dignity as well.

For the economy as a whole, job creation is critical as it puts more people to work and their paychecks help expand the economy.

As a consequence, statistics on new hires hires are an important measure of the…

HOME RESALE VALUES ARE CLIMBING BUT STILL MORE AFFORDABLE IN WALLA WALLA COUNTY THAN THE STATE -

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One way for households to maintain long-term affordable housing is through homeownership, acquired at the right price. Homeownership "locks-in" monthly payments (assuming fixed interest loan terms) that become more affordable, provided household income increases over time and that the mortgage is fixed.

Housing affordability is important to track and measure because low income households that pay a high percentage of…