Walla Walla Trends e-Newsletter

Issue #33

NEWS FROM THE PORT

2018 RECORD YEAR FOR BUSINESS EXPANSION INQUIRIES


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In 2018, the Port of Walla Walla received a record number of business leads looking for either expansion and/or relocation information on Walla Walla County. In any given year, it was not uncommon for the Port staff to have fielded over 20 valid business inquiries. In 2018, Port staff fielded well over 30 valid potential business leads from site selectors and/or businesses engaged in food processing, concentrated juice manufacturing, wood product manufacturing, data centers, composting & growing operation, warehouse distribution, propane distribution, metal fabrication, rail freight distribution, truck equipment business, commercial greenhouse operation, research & development, chemical manufacturing, computer blockchain operation, agriculture research & development, heavy truck maintenance facility, aquaculture farm development, seed shipping operation, 3rd party logistics company, advanced manufacturing, graphite manufacturing, grain malting operation, beverage manufacturing to battery manufacturing.

Obviously not all these business leads will call Walla Walla County home, however, it's important to understand that 2018 was strong year for private businesses looking for expansion opportunities here in Walla Walla, Washington State and the nation as a whole, and hopefully those business inquiries in 2018 will lead to positive economic development projects for 2019 that will result in the creation of new family-wage jobs, private capital investment and employment diversification.

PAUL J. GEROLA - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, PORT OF WALLA WALLA

INDICATOR NEWS


THE URBAN INSTITUTE - INTERACTIVE MAPS


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Scuttlebutt around data is implying we have entered into a new revolution - a Data Revolution. While not completely new, the advancement in data visualizations could be, at least partially, occurring because the ability to explain data might also help explain real-world problems, or at least a providing an structured roadmap to a first or next step to making the world a better place.

We at the Community Indicators headquarters love data visualizations and enjoy sharing what we find interesting. This is partly because we know a good data…


THE OPPORTUNITY ATLAS - THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU MAPS THE ROOTS OF SOCIAL MOBILITY


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In recent times, we hear a lot about how much America is changing - how different we are becoming. Regardless of topic, "the where", "the what", and "the who" are the questions that every community indicator must answer. But is that just hyperbole or can differences be quantified? Let's see what the Opportunity Atlas - Roots of Social Mobility data visualization tells us.

When the City of Walla Walla is chosen as the Location, the Outcome section populates showing that approximately 72% of people who grew up in Walla Walla stay in Walla Walla as adults. However, only…


WALLA WALLA TRENDS WEBSITE NEW LOOK


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The Walla Walla Trends website has been completely redesigned into a new, even more user friendly format. The new web design will still have many of the functions you have become familiar with. For example, the the More Information and Download Data sections work exactly as the previous version.

Search is one of the newest functions available on the Walla Walla Trends website. Sitting directly above the new Hamburger Menu in the upper-right corner of the website, the Search function allows a user to type in a key word or phrase to…

INDICATORS IN ACTION

NON-RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY TAX ROLL - GROWING SLOW, BUT STEADY -

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The monetary wealth of a community rests on a several legs: financial assets of individuals, intangible assets of businesses (copyrights and patents) and real or physical property. As an economy develops, we expect to see these assets growing on top of stronger and taller legs.

There are no data available at the local level tracking financial and intangible assets. The value of real property; however, is tracked by local government for revenue purposes. This indicator looks at all real property except that of…



DAILY TRAFFIC COUNTS IN AND OUT OF THE CITY OF WALLA WALLA HAVE BEEN INCREASING -

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The movement of vehicles all along the U.S. road system measures the movement of people and commerce. Transportation officials have been counting traffic flows for a long time.

While the number of vehicles traveling on a particular roadway is interesting enough at face value, most, if not all, roadway construction projects or improvements across the country are justified by traffic volume. Vehicle counts along a stretch of roadway are automated by using permanently placed volume-speed-classification traffic recorders. These recorders count traffic in all lanes of a roadway, traffic flowing in both…

WALLA WALLA METRO AREA: CONNECTING MORE HOUSEHOLDS TO THE INTERNET AND CREATING MORE OPPORTUNITIES -

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Many claim that the internet is the greatest invention of modern times. It has revolutionized everyday life, from ordering groceries online to simply interacting with distant relatives through voice and video calls, to getting most of the daily news. It's hard to imagine life without it once you have had it. With the rise of online shopping giants and the shift to businesses using the internet to connect with customers, the importance of having households connected to the internet cannot be understated.

In addition to the business benefit, an understanding of how many people are connected to the internet tells much…

WAGES: WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE LARGEST EMPLOYING SECTOR AND WHAT'S DRIVING THE DIVERGENCE IN THE RETAIL SECTOR? -

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The top five employing sectors in Walla Walla account for just over 70% of all employment in the county. With more than two out of every three employed in these sectors, overall wage growth is largely driven by these industries. According to indicator 1.1.4, Walla Walla County's overall average annual wage was $42,998 in 2017. It has increased by a compound average annual growth rate of 2.9% since 1997 where it sat at $23,644. The overall average annual wage is an important barometer of how income is growing over time, as it counts for the bulk total personal income. It can be pushed upward when more people are employed in higher wage sectors. Average annual measure tells…