Issaquah, Renton make top 10 cities for millennial job seekers

February 10, 2015

The financial website NerdWallet was curious to find the top Washington cities that appealed most to millennial job seekers. Issaquah was ranked fifth and Renton 10th.

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Vulcan announces sale of Sammamish Park Place

February 3, 2015

Vulcan Real Estate recently announced the sale of the Sammamish Park Place office complex, in Issaquah, to Seattle-based Talon Private Capital for $128.25 million.

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Kevin Mottram elected to second term on YPAC

February 3, 2015

Kevin Mottram, of Issaquah, was recently elected to his second one-year term on the Society for Human Resource Management’s Young Professionals Advisory Council.

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Seniors use their business smarts to help charities

January 13, 2015

When Arjun Narayan began researching search engine concepts, he discovered the humongous profits he could tap into.

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School seniors (from left) Parker Ciambrone, Arjun Narayan and Justin Zhong have collaborated to create Fundify, a search engine that donates 70 percent of its profits to charities.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School seniors (from left) Parker Ciambrone, Arjun Narayan and Justin Zhong have collaborated to create Fundify, a search engine that donates 70 percent of its profits to charities.

Google alone makes about $50 billion per year from advertising, money that trickles in from millions of online searches taking place every day.

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Microsoft Alumni organizations join forces

September 2, 2014

The Microsoft Alumni Foundation and the Microsoft Alumni Network has joined to foster and build a broad alumni network for former Microsoft employees.

The new network will continue to celebrate the entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit cultivated at Microsoft and continued throughout career changes and retirement.

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Costco leases Vulcan building for growing Issaquah headquarters staff

August 25, 2014

NEW — 6:25 p.m. Aug. 25, 2014

Costco Wholesale has leased an Issaquah office building developed by Vulcan to provide growing room for its headquarters staff, which now numbers about 3,000.

The 177,000-square-foot building at Sammamish Park Place, off East Lake Sammamish Parkway at S.E. 51st St., is about a mile from the warehouse retailer’s headquarters at 999 Lake Drive.

Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said the lease gives Costco more room for part of its information technology staff and other operations.

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Committee questions Polygon development cooperation

December 31, 2013

Many questions surround discussions about a huge Issaquah Highlands development that city officials hope will bring a high-tech college campus to the parcel.

Economic Development Director Keith Niven introduced a draft development agreement between Issaquah and Polygon Northwest to the City Council Land and Shore Committee at its Dec. 10 meeting. The committee voted to recommend to the full council that the administration proceed with negotiating a new development agreement, but did not reach the decision unanimously.

Microsoft sold its 63-acre Issaquah Highlands property to Polygon Northwest in October.

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Future now

November 26, 2013

Issaquah club uses robots to jumpstart career paths, competitive juices

Photos by Neil Pierson Issaquah High School students Sarah Powazek and Spencer Tickman lift Gigabot, the robot they created for the 2013 competition season.

Photos by Neil Pierson
Issaquah High School students Sarah Powazek and Spencer Tickman lift Gigabot, the robot they created for the 2013 competition season.

Robotics will likely be a growing field for today’s high-school graduates to pursue, and the Issaquah Robotics Society is trying to create a competitive buzz around their highly technical interests.

The robotics society, marking its 10th year this year, will begin its next season of competition in January. Like other student-led teams in the state — which compete under the rules of FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology — they’ll have six weeks to build a robot for entrance in various regional competitions.

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Microsoft sells Highlands property

October 22, 2013

Microsoft, which once envisioned a major campus in the Issaquah Highlands, has sold the 63-acre tract to a local developer for a mixed-use project.

Microsoft representatives signed paperwork Oct. 18 to sell the land to a company apparently affiliated with Bellevue-based homebuilder Polygon Northwest.

“We no longer had requirements for office developments in Issaquah,” Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos said.

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Microsoft to leave one of three Issaquah offices

August 13, 2013

Microsoft will vacate at least one Sammamish Park Place building.

The software giant let its lease expire recently on one of the three buildings it inhabits in the campus.

It was unclear what effect the departure would have on the local economy. City officials said they could not disclose how many employees worked within the property.

“Our employment numbers we get from the Department of Revenue,” Economic Development Manager Andrea Lehner wrote in an email. “In order to get this information from them, we must sign an agreement requiring nondisclosure of, among many things, employee numbers.”

She said the city expects some change to financial numbers, but highlighted what she viewed as positive signs within Issaquah’s economy.

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