Walla Walla Trends e-Newsletter

#3 - 2017

NEWS FROM THE PORT

PACKAGE CORPORATION OF AMERICA (PCA) - WALLULA MILL


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The Port of Walla Walla is excited about the recent press release from the Packaging Corporation of America, formerly Boise White Paper. PCA announced an agreement to acquire Sacramento Container Corporation and Conversion of Wallula Mill Paper Machine to High-Performance 100% Virgin Linerboard. The Company has also announced that it will discontinue production of uncoated freesheet (UFS) and coated one-side (C1S) grades at its Wallula, Washington mill in the second quarter of 2018 to begin the conversion of its 200,000 ton-per-year No. 3 paper machine to a 400,000 ton-per-year high-performance 100% virgin kraft linerboard machine.

The conversion of the No. 3 paper machine at the Wallula Mill is planned for the second quarter of 2018 with an initial production rate of approximately 60 percent of capacity. Ultimately, production will increase to 1,150 tons per day once a new headbox, forming section, and shoe press are added in the fourth quarter of 2018. The capital cost of the conversion is expected to be approximately $150 million. The Mill's No. 2 paper…


INDICATOR NEWS

33,000 ANNUAL GUN-RELATED DEATHS IN THE U.S., BUT WHO ARE THEY?

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Good data can help to dispel fact from opinion, especially in the face of controversial subjects. Compelling visualization techniques can deliver insights about the data faster than lines of numbers of text.

Accessing the facts through data visualization visualization simply helps us to better understand the world around us. We read upsetting news that might lead us to form sweeping generalizations. A sense of the data behind these reports can…



A NEW TOOL FOR U.S. CENSUS DATA USERS

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Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution requires a Census occur for the main purpose of tax apportionment based on population numbers.

The first census, taking place in 1790, had six categories. According to the 1790 Census Overview, the census was required to the name of the head of the family, and count the number of: free white males 16-years and older, free white males under 16-years of age, free white females, all other…

INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH METRICS AND EVALUATION - U.S. HEALTH MAP


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The U.S. Health Map, a tool offered by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, allows users to view and compare health data information for every county in the nation at the same time, or to look at all the counties within any particular state, or any individual county.

Each county has a particular shade of color representing a certain proportion of the population as offered in the legend for each graph. When the animation is started and continues from one year to the next, the user can literally see the U.S. map…

INDICATORS IN ACTION

COUNTY POPULATION NUMBERS INCREASING SLOW AND STEADY -

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There perhaps is nothing more that effects a city or community other than its population numbers. After all, in the most basic of terms, cities are comprised of by people and would be nothing but empty buildings without any population. More seriously, the fewer people working generating incomes, means fewer money will be spent, which would generate fewer taxes. This too, could potentially lead to higher tax rates on remaining people who stay, perhaps making it even more difficult to not move to another city.

For a variety of reasons, we have seen this occur in recent American history cities that at one time or another produced…

NUMBER OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PERMITS ISSUED REMAINS STRONG -

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The Home building sector is an important part of the U.S. economy and can provide insight into the larger economy. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), some direct economic impacts of new home building include any new jobs created specifically within the home building construction sector, but just as significant are jobs generated from support industries of a strong home building sector. NAHB defines these as producers of building and remodeling materials and products ("lumber, concrete, lighting fixtures, heating equipment, and other products that go into a home or remodeling project") as well as…

ASSESSED VALUE OF PROPERTY STEADILY INCREASING -

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Much of what we typically consume has little or no resale value. But when it comes to real estate, whether a residential, commercial, or industrial property, this is not the case. The majority of the time, over the long-term, property will increase in value. A major source of society's wealth is captured in the assessed value of property.

The assessed value of a property is the monetary value assigned by assessors for property tax purposes. The total taxable property in Walla Walla includes all property receiving a value assessment in the entire county. Many properties are are not taxable, however, such as…

PASSENGER TRIPS AT WALLA WALLA AIRPORT TAKING OFF -


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The old term "as the crow flies" is a simple analogy, but has some real character too. Its original meaning refers to shortest path between point A and B since a crow can avoid terrestrial obstacles which, in theory, is the quickest way to travel. For clarity, the straight-line shortest distance between two points on a curved or round surface, like the Earth, is the geodesic distance.

Americans certainly love their cars, but when it comes to traveling longer distances or under time restraints, air travel is a preferred way to travel for many people. Air travel, statistically speaking, is much safer than traveling in a vehicle. The…